Growing into Fine Art Photography

October 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

A couple of weeks ago I celebrated my birthday and this year will mark the end of my fifth decade. Next year I will start a whole new decade of life. Age has led me to a couple of significant questions. What kind of legacy do I want to leave? What is my passion and how can I develop it?

The answer is Fine Art Photography. I've always been fascinated by this genre and am finding many sub-genres go with it. I love the surrealness of Fine Art Photography. Each photo art has a message. Each person may receive a different message from the same piece. I love the creativity and having to stretch my self in creating this type of art.

Many may ask what Fine Art Photography is? First, it starts with an artistic vision. The photographer/artist sees the final work in their head before they pick up the camera. The photo artist must have a message or emotion to be expressed. The message can be something small or an entire statement. Creative digital techniques are incorporated using Lightroom, Photoshop, On1, MacPhun, Topaz and other photo processing software.

Over the course of this next year, I will be sharing my journey as I learn, develop, and create Fine Art Photographs.  To start, here is a piece I created for Halloween. I had a vision of a fairy in a quiet forest, reaching out towards the sunlight. The message I want to convey is reaching to new light, new heights. Stretching yourself to grow and develop whatever is inside of you wanting to come out and be discovered. The wings represent the ability to fly and discover new things. The flowing skirt represents beauty. The misty forest represents beginning to see the "forest through the trees."

Seeing the Forest Through the TreesSeeing the Forest Through the TreesReaching to the light and seeing the forest through the trees.

To create this piece I set up my tripod and took a photo of myself reaching to the trees. I took the photo in my own backyard, however, my own backyard is very green and lush. I wanted a more mystical feel so I chose a misty forest from Adobe Stock to use. I then cut myself out of the photo and placed it on the Adobe Stock photo. I added lacey wings and a skirt overlay. Using several different blend modes in Photoshop I was able to give the ghostly feel to my body. Different textures were used to create a gunge like feel. 

This is a start, my journey begins.
 


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