Here's another example of taking what was originally a marginal photo (due to an exposure mistake on my part), and creating a striking bison portrait. While it took quite a bit of data massage and coaxing to bring out the details I needed, I was at least fortunate that I was shooting both raw and jpeg. Raw provides much more latitude in bringing out details in images such as this, whereas jpegs simply don't.
I used Lightroom, Photoshop, On1 Photo Raw and Topaz Labs' Impressions 2 to arrive at this piece.
I've been involved in a lively discussion in one of my Facebook groups concerning this type of artistry. A woman who posts regularly was saying she gets many more "likes" and comments from her "straight" photography than she does from her more artistic images.
This is something I've noticed as well - there seems to be a negative stigma attached to digital manipulation, which, of course, as a long-time photographer I can understand. But when it comes to the world of art, it's not how you do it, it's the finished product that counts.
Does it resonate with you?
Does it speak to you?
Do you like it?
Does it touch your heart?
That's what counts, not how you got to it, but the piece itself. The rest is irrelevant.
My goal is and always has been to first create a piece that works for me, that I find strongly appealing, then I share it with you - if you want a copy, you may of course purchase one right off my website. If you don't that's fine too, I just hope you enjoy what you see.
If you do, let me know. I'm an artist now, full-time, and we love feedback, especially complementary feedback!
Keywords: Art, Bison, Buffalo, Colorado, Fine Art, Fine Art Photography, Fine Art Print, John Strong Arts, Photography, Print, Textures, Wildlife
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