Leaving the realm of reality today, I decided to transform one of my recent HDR sand dune photos into an artistic piece using the Oil Paint filter in Adobe Photoshop CS6. I really like playing with the variations that are available but decided to just set every slider to 8.
The original version right out of Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 was a nice, realistic view of the scene but I thought that adding an artsy touch would make it more interesting. Though I don’t usually go this far from reality, I plan on exploring this filter in more depth in a future HTDS (How To Do Stuff) segment.
Processing: I used five shots from -2 to +2 ev at 1 ev intervals and made very few adjustments except to add a little tonal depth to the foot prints in the sand. As I mentioned above, I used the Oil Paint filter in Photoshop for the sweeping brush effect and punched the color and contrast using Curves.
Equipment used: Nikon D700 with 28-70mm f/2.8 lens. 28mm, f/22, ISO 800.