Dogwood and Redbud

© Sam Gray

Dogwood and Redbud

Melissa Olsen Student 7/4/2008 8:46:34 AM

Beautiful color and light...very Oriental looking. Love it! #954568

Martha R. Mazon 7/4/2008 8:51:12 AM

This caught my eye right away. Lovely painterly quality. #6139591

Lisa D. Greer 7/4/2008 8:56:04 AM

Very whimsical! Gorgeous! #6139605

Jessica Jenney 7/4/2008 9:13:07 AM

Beautiful soft colors and effects, Sam! It does have an Asian feel! #6139657

Susan Heath 7/4/2008 9:53:18 AM

What a piece of art! Spectacular! #6139753

Murry Grigsby 7/4/2008 10:42:54 AM

Terrific spring-time feel and glow Sam! Super image design and effects also!! Care to share which filters you used? #6139869

Dominick M. Dimacale 7/4/2008 11:39:10 AM

Lovely florals and work, Sam.


Dominick #6140105

Keith Butler 7/4/2008 12:00:39 PM

very nice work on this Sam. nice gallery also #6140185

Renata Gusciora 7/4/2008 4:15:57 PM

Lovely work,great effects and colors,Sam! #6140839

Sam Gray 7/4/2008 6:33:33 PM

Thanks for the kind comments...
Here is a breakdown of how the image was created:
1. Original Photo shot with telephoto lens to put a soft wash of color behind the dogwood using a Tony Sweet Singh-Ray Soft-Ray Diffuser.
2. Adjusted in Lightroon and brought into Photoshop CS3.
3. Curves layer with Luminosity blend mode to remove some contrast.
4 Fractalius filter, Sketch BW 01 adjusted to soften edges applied with Luminosity blend mode.
5. Curves layer clipped to the Fractalius layer to adjust contrast and color.
6. Levels layer next to bring up the color.
7. Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 Tonal Contrast filter to further adjust contrast.
Some of these were applied globally and some locally to the image. Thanks again for the comments... #6140967

Arlene Krassner 7/5/2008 3:31:18 AM

Wow am, that was an impressive amount of work on this. It is stunning.

I wonder if you would share how you do your signature. I like that look. #6141666

Murry Grigsby 7/5/2008 4:11:05 AM

Thanks for the info on your terrific image Sam!! #6141739

A P 7/7/2008 5:43:43 PM

First I agree that it has an Asian look. And that it's just lovely. Comp, colors and treatment are all wonderful, Sam. Second OMG I wish I understood half of what you did to this photo!!!! #6151680

Nadya Johnson 7/7/2008 6:42:42 PM

Outstanding, Sam! #6151861

Donna LaMattino Pagakis 7/20/2008 4:55:50 PM

Excellent image and technique, very creative Sam! #6202552

Kate Baumgartner 7/28/2008 5:55:03 PM

Truly a work of art and very impressive. Well done, Sam. #6242176

A P 8/21/2008 4:20:05 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on this well deserved Finalist, Sam. My money is on this will go on for the WIN!! #6344171

Wanda Judd 8/22/2008 6:49:00 AM

Yeah, congratulations...it's a fantastic image and just think, I was standing right behind you when you shot this... I'm truly happy for you. #6349957

Wendy Moghadam 8/22/2008 5:53:55 PM

Lovely! The colors and composition are fantastic- it has a real asian art feel. Congratulations on your finalist #6353249

A P 8/25/2008 10:34:57 AM

My money was correct. Knew this was a winner from the moment I laid eyes on it. Congratulations on this well deserved win, Sam #6364994

Dominick M. Dimacale 8/25/2008 10:59:06 AM

Congratulations Sam on your Win.


Dominick #6365151

Elida Gutierrez 8/25/2008 1:48:42 PM

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

 "The Fairy Trophy"

A Special Trophy for

"July Winners"

#6366478

Jessica Jenney 8/25/2008 3:58:06 PM

Congratulations, Sam on your beautiful win! #6366925

Charlene Taylor 8/25/2008 4:11:07 PM

Hi Sam,
How absolutely beautiful! Congratulations!! #6366978

KARU WIJESUNDARA. A.N.P.A.S. 8/25/2008 5:59:33 PM

MY CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WIN.!!!

KARU, #6367412

Wendy Moghadam 8/25/2008 7:14:51 PM

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WIN.!!! #6367829

Cora Miller 8/26/2008 12:39:25 AM

Congratulations on your win with this fine piece of artwork. #6368926

Nemil B. Chabebe 8/26/2008 10:28:43 PM

Congratulations! #6373654

Jeffrey D. Estacio 9/20/2008 10:37:42 PM

lovely and congratulations. #6482417

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