Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

Playing with the Landscape 4

November 1, 2017

12 responses

  1. Love this! 🙂


    November 1, 2017 at 6:41 AM

  2. I really like this one; the green areas appear to be added with a brush. Very nice effect. There are so many opportunities in this type of photography. You might be interested in looking at Karen McRae’s work: She doesn’t post any more on a regular basis but I always admired her photographs of moving landscapes. An interesting effect that I learned from her is to pick out a subject at some intermediate distance from the road and pan on it as you go by. If you are lucky, It will be reasonably sharp but the foreground and background will be blurred; Karen’s “littleicetree1” is an example. I am enjoying your series here…


    November 1, 2017 at 9:22 AM

  3. Thank you, Mic. The green areas are the areas left mostly alone! I went in with the Photoshop liquify and brush tools to keep the bluish area at the top right from being just a swath of solid color (which started out as a swath of solid white). I went back and forth between Photoshop, Nik’s Color Efex, and Lightroom multiple times, mostly to get that part interesting. But that streak of yellow was a total gift from Color Efex. Wish I could remember what I did to get it. I’m a longtime subscriber to Karen McRae’s blog; I love what she does and miss her more frequent posting. I have used her technique but have not yet achieved postable results. I’m glad you are enjoying my little series.

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    November 1, 2017 at 9:52 AM

  4. Porter

    I love this series, Linda!



    November 1, 2017 at 11:10 AM

    • Thanks, Marjorie. It’s been fun, though I’m spending much more time creating these images than those that are “straighter.”


      November 1, 2017 at 1:17 PM

  5. Just catching up on this series. This, for me, is the best image. It’s so abstract. I could be looking into water or up into the sky. The colours are soft and they flow beautifully. I often look out of the train window and shoot blindly – nine out of ten are complete rubbish, but there is the occasional surprise.


    November 1, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    • Thanks, Andy. By far most of the photos I took through the car window were rubbish. I took many shots to get six I thought were worth posting. I had to play around with the colors for a long time before I was satisfied with this one. The green bits are the only part in the original that I was pleased with. See my reply to Mic.


      November 1, 2017 at 3:25 PM

  6. I love it, and from what you’re describing, it sounds like this was quite a process, and worth the effort. I know that feeling of not being able to remember how a particular effect was created after you’ve done a fair amount of processing. I’ve been looking at some filters in Color Efex I’ve never used before and trying them out now & then. Then there are the new LR tools…haven’t played with them yet. (Karen McRae, YES!)
    The photo evokes many things, among them reflections in water and flying. If you think about how it was done, it’s so very different from your usual work, but in the end, I can feel the Linda sensibility here, I can!


    November 1, 2017 at 4:30 PM

    • So glad this finds favor with you, Lynn. Yes, it was a very long process—I don’t want to think how long. But I was happy in the end—and feel like I learned a few things. I’m also glad (have you noticed how glad I always am on this blog???) that you can imagine this photograph as something from me. I can’t tell you what the commonality is, but all the photos in this series do feel like me, except maybe number 2, though I would like it to. 😉

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      November 1, 2017 at 4:46 PM

  7. ag

    I’m like you Linda in being seduced by the ease and immediacy of digital photography. For us, extensive processing often feels like a drag. Maybe if we thought of how much unseen time and energy went into creating our subjects, we wouldn’t be so impatient 🙂

    Then there are photographers like Peter Liepke,, whose platinum/palladium and gum bichromate prints take hours to make, I have tremendous admiration for Peter’s photographs but I just don’t have it in me to work that way.


    November 1, 2017 at 9:59 PM

    • You’ve given me much to chew on, Alan. If someone had told me I had to do as much processing of these images as I did do, I would have groaned. No, probably I would have rebelled and just not done it. But I was sustained by my own curiosity. We’ll see how that holds up over time. Thank you for introducing me to Peter Liepke, with whose work I was not familiar. It is beautiful, and so is his artist’s statement. It’s so nice to be able to use the word beautiful unabashedly to describe what he does.


      November 2, 2017 at 1:11 PM

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