Spirit of the Woods #2
June 24, 2012
This is one of three wooden carvings at the entrance to Collingwood's Arboretum Park. In processing these shots I wanted to keep some of the texture of the wood, but I also wanted to make the carving appear more human-like, as well as create a mystical mood.
I created a soft texture by photographing flowers in the same park, out of focus, with a shallow depth of field. After layering the texture on the image I applied a mask and 'painted back' face detail. In Nik's Color Efex Pro 4, I refined and combined the 'Midnight', 'Glamour Glow', and 'Soft Contrast' presets. Back in Lightroom 4 I did minor tweaking of saturation and clarity levels.
I'm a member of the Georgian Bay Artisans group and I'm busily getting ready for the summer's outdoor art shows, the first of which is this coming Saturday at the Tremont. I've printed this series on canvas and added floating espresso frames. I'll be interested in hearing feedback from the show's attendees :-).
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