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the unofficial Impressionist Image thread

Luke

Super Moderator
Nov 11, 2011
214
Milwaukee, WI USA
Luke
MoBokeh is curating a Salon currently for images caught using camera motion during capture to form "impressions" of a scene. It had me searching the archives here to see if there was already a thread for general impressionist images.

There is one now. Feel free to share some impressionist images here. Feel free to discuss techniques and share links. Let's leave tack sharp and pixel peeping way behind. Unfocused is cool. Blurry and sharp can coexist. Let's see what you got.
 

Jock Elliott

Hall of Famer
Jan 3, 2012
124
Troy, NY
Sparrow aerial combat

With the temperature in the teens, our local gang of sparrows has taken to bumping each other off the bird feeder.

Shooting through layers of glass and a double-layer clear plastic insulating panel adds to the overall gauzy effect.

I am under the "impression" that it's an interesting shot; it was certainly fun to try to capture the bumping.

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Cheers, Jock
 

BillN

Hall of Famer
Aug 25, 2010
123
S W France
Bill
Bill,

what I am struggling with is how to make the noise less dark, or not black - i.e. a shade of the colour that the noise is part of so there is more of a blend

almost achieved it in the two, (#11 and #12 - above), I posted but I had to reduce the effectiveness in order to do so!
 

Luke

Super Moderator
Nov 11, 2011
214
Milwaukee, WI USA
Luke
BillN, I think either Lightroom or Photoshop Elements should do what you ask....maybe you just haven't hit on the right sliders yet. Open your image in Elements, click on the Enhance menu, select Adjust Lighting, then select levels. As you slide the bottom slider for output levels to the right, you are decreasing the darkest available point of black (pardon me if the language i use is incorrect, but if you play around with the sliders enough, you'll start to understand what they do even without knowing how to put it into words). If you go to far, you'll wash out the image and there won't be any true black. But then you can adjust the input levels, too and start bring back the blacks more uniformly.

Hopefully with some experimenting you can get it to where you want it.
 

ryanshoots

Regular
Apr 22, 2012
33
Minnesota
A couple of mine. A lot of the pictures I enjoy seeing are not tack sharp or technically perfect. For me at least it's all about showing what I'm trying to show and sometimes that means a technically "flawed" image works best.

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Not real sharp a bit painterly. It came from a Blackberry. But when I stepped out of work and was presented a scene like this...

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I think I can detect a little motion blur in this one.
 

BillN

Hall of Famer
Aug 25, 2010
123
S W France
Bill
Yes, all my pixels are dodgy. That's one of the reason I keep telling myself I need a new camera!
no good telling yourself, if you are like me you need to convince your wife

maybe if your show her that image and say that they all come out like that she'll agree

(no offence mean't in any way Don - I know that you Texans are a tough lot)
 

donlaw

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Sep 14, 2012
124
Texas
Don
no good telling yourself, if you are like me you need to convince your wife

maybe if your show her that image and say that they all come out like that she'll agree

(no offence mean't in any way Don - I know that you Texans are a tough lot)
Here, I have found it best to sell these to dodgy cameras to fund less dodgy ones. Wife involvement slows up this process.
 

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