Painting - Digital Photograph
© Omaste Witkowski
My small son wanted to come down to the river with me as I was taking photographs of ducklings and their parents. The birds were down in the river teaching their young how to swim and my son was contemplating the scene taking place. He wanted to know why the river was dangerous and if it was so then why did the geese get to be in there swimming...
I enjoy the dark and somewhat dramatic clouds contrasting with the ray of sunlight coming down on the riverbank.
This photograph was taken in Wa (Washington State), in the beautiful Methow Valley. The Methow is a small jewel of an area not too far from Seattle in the Pacific Northwest. Okanogan County is such a great place to live for all of the sunshine and outdoors recreation.
I started with a digital photograph and used a HDR process to tone map the light. Then I applied a finishing oil paint layer to add texture to the overall image. I did some tonal work to even out the colors and make them realistic to what I was seeing in nature but not excessively.
I am interested in photography as an "unusual" or "unique" image making process. In other words I enjoy starting with a photograph of an ordinary scene or subject and then I try to make it my own by adding unusual processing techniques. I hope you enjoy viewing my work as much as i enjoy creating it.
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April 22nd, 2013
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