the unofficial Impressionist Image thread

Discussion in 'Photography Techniques' started by Luke, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    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.
     
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  2. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    olli
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  3. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    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.

    FZ200_Sparrows_combat_002_DxO_Medium_.

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  4. Gubrz

    Gubrz O.* Gonzo's & Bentley's Dad

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    Jun 5, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Eliot
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  5. donlaw

    donlaw SC All-Pro

    Sep 14, 2012
    Texas
    Don
    This may not qualify as impressionistic, but in a way it is a modern day pixilation technique. I used a Mosiac program sampling from over 4000 of my own images to 'recreate' this image of my childhood home taken with my first ever true SLR.

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    Dallas Home Mosiac1 by donlaw200, on Flickr
     
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  6. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    Stairway_Grasse_Southern France

    very slow shutter speed, High ISO, (the M8 is terrible at anything above ISO 200), and grain added in LR 4.4

    [​IMG]

    Leica M8 28mm Zeiss f2.8 Biogon - 1/6th sec at f2.8 and ISO 640
     
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  7. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    Sunflowers_ Pienza _Italy

    fast shutter speed, low ISO, blown highlights and grain added in LR 4.4
    wide open as I wanted minimum DOF, forcing a high shutter speed in the summer Italian light

    [​IMG]

    Leica M8 Zeiss 28mm f2.8 Biogon - 1/1500 sec at f2.8 and ISO 160
     
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  8. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    not sure about that one Don as it looks as if your sensor has dodgy pixels!
     
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  9. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    I keep forgetting to post this - my homage to Seurat. I took these back in 2009 and wasn't entirely happy with the end result. I may have another go this summer:

    18369153.7e169fd4.1024. SeuratA1 par Lightmancer, on ipernity

    18369217.55ca9fbb.1024. Seurat1 par Lightmancer, on ipernity

    Sent from another Galaxy
     
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  10. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    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!
     
  11. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Yes that would be ideal Bill

    perhaps an extreme blow up first ?
     
  12. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    LightRoom is limited in this respect, Photoshop Elements 10 is better and I don't have a budget for the full Photoshop program
     
  13. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Both beyond my experience - my pp packs are basic stuff
     
  14. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    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.
     
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  15. ryanshoots

    ryanshoots SC Regular

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    Apr 22, 2012
    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.

    154397782.CA1XKMhU.20110513IMG01589201105131656.
    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...

    154397788.IosLLtsW.IMGP0187.
    I think I can detect a little motion blur in this one.
     
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  16. donlaw

    donlaw SC All-Pro

    Sep 14, 2012
    Texas
    Don
    Yes, all my pixels are dodgy. That's one of the reason I keep telling myself I need a new camera!
     
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  17. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    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)
     
  18. donlaw

    donlaw SC All-Pro

    Sep 14, 2012
    Texas
    Don
    Here, I have found it best to sell these to dodgy cameras to fund less dodgy ones. Wife involvement slows up this process.
     
  19. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
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  20. cheeks69

    cheeks69 SC Veteran

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    Aug 5, 2013
    Southeastern, MA
    Robert
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