Tweaking Tuesday: Forest Fantasy

I haven’t done a tweaking post in nearly three and a half years, and this image rose, of its own accord, to the top of my mind as I was looking through my photo files. The subject is a forest of kauri trees (Agathis australis) adjacent to the Zealandia Sculpture Garden, a drive of three-quarters of an hour  north of Auckland, above the town of Warkworth. I made the initial image in January 2015 and worked with it over the course of the next month. I first tone-mapped the image with Nik software, then added the effects of two Photoshop filters to produce this final image. I’ve posted this once before, a little more than five years ago, so it will very likely be new to many of you. This has remained a favorite, and I love to go back to it to let myself get lost in the verdant fantasy. Be sure to click on the photo (twice, if you’d like) for a larger view—to quote a line from Rockabilly master Webb Wilder, “I’ve got a hunch you’re gonna like it a bunch!”

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9 Responses to Tweaking Tuesday: Forest Fantasy

  1. Peter Klopp says:

    Indeed, I like your post on your forest fantasy a bunch!!!

  2. That is amazing, Gary! It is purely enchanting. The details really pull you in.

    • krikitarts says:

      Thank you so much, Pete. I clearly remember working with this one, and I nearly bounced out of my chair when I saw what this looked like. I really need to keep this more in mind when I’m processing new works–the possibilities are phenomenal.

  3. Vicki says:

    The bark pattern is amazing.

    It’s times like these when I’m glad I have a 27″ screen. By the way, I can’t remember what I did yesterday, so certainly don’t remember back when you first posted an image of this tree/forest :D

  4. Fantastic fantasy. It appears as an oil with broad brushstrokes.

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