Monday, February 13, 2006

Fir Tree in the Snow

After the weekend snow storm I took quite a lot of photographs, both in my neighborhood and at the Arboretum. Fresh snow makes for picturesque scenes, and I wanted to take advantage of this while I had a window of opportunity. I took many pictures of the conifers at the Arboretum. Most of them turned out darker than I wanted, so I decided to see what I could do with them with digital editing in GIMP 2.0. The one below is one of the better outcomes.

To create that effect I lightened the photograph and increased the contrast, then used the "blur" and "oilify" filters. I like the effect even though it is not realistic-looking.

This is the original photograph of the fir tree.