Tree shapes.

I just couldn’t leave them alone. The shapes of the trees intrigued me in those foggy shots from December and January. They were nice, but kind of dreary. So I started playing with them, eventually getting to the point where I digitally painted a background for each of them.  Subdued tones so as to not distract from the beautiful forms of the trees, but enough colour to make them stand out. I am planning on printing these on canvas, so I left the rough bush marks on the edge intending that they show when it is stretched.

Yellow, Orange and Black

There are a lot of maple trees around my house. Each October the area is ablaze with yellows, oranges and reds. Except this year. This year the reds and oranges were noticeably absent for some reason. The unbroken sea of brilliant yellow in the trees was both novel and beautiful.

Here is a shot of one of the trees I took while experimenting with the Orton effect.

Pretty in Yellow

Moving down to the pond, I at last found a spot of red and orange, floating on the dark water.

Red, Orange and Black

Extreme Masking

There is a photo I took of a tree at Eugenia Falls that I really liked, but I couldn’t figure out how to process it to make it look as good as I thought it could. The problem was that the tree roots that cascade over the edge of the cliff were almost the same colour as the underlying rock.


I have been on this tear recently where I have removed the background from a number of photos to improve the composition. Usually it was in instances where the background overpowered the subject because it was busier, louder or more colourful. This time I wanted to remove it because it was so similar. Easy decision to make, but the execution was painful. How painful? Would you believe two full days of making the mask? When the tones are so similar, I discovered none of the usual helpful masking tools would work. This one was done by hand at high magnification. But I think the result was worth it: