This being the Fall and in Florida we have no change of the seasons: Fall is as hot as the Summer; I have posted this fall path scene the original of which was taken not far from my former home in Delmar, NY. The path has an old wooden bridge which you can see in the foreground.
This image was taken into Corel Painter 2021 for processing. Notice the new Painter program – the latest and greatest that I got for a deep discount. Better than previous versions especially the first one I use many years ago. This time I used the AI panel and underpainting first and then painted with several different brushes to create the painterly effect you see here.
I also used On1 Photo RAW and Adobe Photoshop for the final adjustments.
This is a palm frond – somewhere in Florida. Doesn’t make any difference does it? But it is a great composition.
I converted it to a black and white image and then did a little manipulation to enhance contrast and place some emphasis on the center of the frond with selective exposure. Pretty cool if I don’t say so myself.
According the the same-named organization, “National Wildlife Day is celebrated today to help bring awareness of the plight of wild animals around the globe. NWD encourages wildlife lovers to stand up and fight for animals that need a voice, to visit their local zoo and donate what they can to make a difference in the lives of our beloved animal friends“. Thus, from my photos at Green Cay, here is a Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) caught in the act of collecting materials for his nest. These beautiful creatures are rather large nesting birds common in North, Central and South America. In Florida, we are blessed to have lots of wetlands which attract these guys. They are even found in Bellaggio and I regularly see them along the shoreline of my backyard lake.
Another image from the photo vault. Memorial Day, a long time ago, in good old Delmar, NY where we lived for most of our adult lives.
We stood at the center of town watching the traditional parade and a wonderful brass band came marching down Delaware Avenue. Here is one of those band members, a fine tuba player puffing along.
So, now I am in my digital painting mode. Into the usual mix I put that Tuba and out came this nice digital painting.
In honor of today’s celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Japanese surrender to end WWII. It took place on the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945. The Emperor had announced the surrender of Imperial Japan on August 25 and this was the official ceremony. Leading the American delegation were Admiral Nimitz and General Douglas McArthur. President Truman declared this day to be called V-J Day (Victory in Japan) – now that is all but forgotten. One of my uncles served in the Pacific Theatre.
I am not really sure where I took the original of this image. It was just some flowers of various kinds – I did no arranging. But it was a nice group and I had it on my hard drive for quite a few years. So, browsing through the photos I came across it and thought there was some potential there.
In it went to Painter and then a few tweeks with Color Efx Pro 4 and Photoshop.
The Huyck Preserve is located southwest of Albany, NY. It was established in 1930 with a biological research station starting in 1937. The preserve area has a long history dating back to the late 1800’s.
There are lots of trails, streams, a lake with waterfront and small waterfalls throughout the preserve. Many species of wildlife can be found in the preserve including such animals as opossums, moles, shrews, bats, flying squirrels, black bears, otters and white tail deer to name just a few. There are also many different types of birds including herons of various kinds, bitterns and on and on. Really too many to list. Go to the List of Fauna.
I was there one day a few years ago and took this photo of one of the small waterfalls. I brought the image into Corel Painter to create this digital painting.
I was down by the Normanskill Creek (some would call it a river) one day in early fall when I discovered these old barns. The area down here was once a little village and there are the remains of quite a few older buildings, many still in use. This image was used as the basis for a digital painting using Corel Painter. I combine several different layers, each with a different effect for the final painting. I often just start with a clone using a painting technique that seems appropriate to the image. Then I will manually paint over certain areas of the image to get a more painterly effect or to enhance a portion of the composition. I will bring the painting into Color Efx 4 or Photoshop for some final touches.
With it unlikely I will get to a zoo in the very near future, I came across this lovely cat – Leopardus pardalis – otherwise known as an ocelet, in my collection. These lovely animals are native to the southern part of the US (mainly the southwest) as well as through South America.
This animal was one of many of the big cats saved by an organization called The Panther Ridge Conservation Center located in Loxahatchie, Florida. The organization gives guided tours with lots of opportunity to take photos. I have been their twice and it is quite interesting. Other residents include the cheetah, jaguar, leopard, clouded leopard, and panther.
Obviously, these are wild animals and kept in enclosures but these are not cages as such but habitats that are as natural as possible. Taking good photos through wire enclosures can be daunting at first but with a little knowledge you can get some great images. The best tip is to use a telephoto lens and get close to the barrier. Focusing on the animals relatively far away from the wires puts those pesky impediments out of focus.
The original photo of a garden arch was used as the basis for a digital painting. The photo was taken into Corel Painter. Using the painting techniques available in this fab program, I created an original work of art.
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A note about the masthead: the image was taken on the Brooklyn Bridge at dusk using a slow shutter speed to illustrate the movement of the vehicles and the streaming of their headlights.