A New Art Medium(Paintograph?) or Move Over Monet!

I like to get creative with my photography at times, especially when I’m taking the shot.  There’s a lot of software programs that can take an ordinary photo and turn it into something completely unique. For me, the challenge is to make something happen during exposure.  You can try long exposures using neutral density filters or use a wide aperture to get low depth of field for the Bokeh effect.

I  like to manipulate the camera on the tripod by moving it slightly during exposure. I’ve also taken photos in a moving vehicle (not driving)which can show motion blur. Use your imagination and  understanding of camera exposures.  The images below were taken at a beautiful aspen tree forest during fall foliage. The vertical lines of the white bark aspen tree trunks surrounded by a kaleidoscope of color can produce an Impressionistic look.  Like a Monet?  I then had these images printed on stretched canvas, a surface similar to what Monet probably painted on.

Fall foliage has arrived in an Aspen grove in the Southern Utah landscape

This is the spot where I decided to get creative. Normal exposure. I zoomed in and out to pick out specific areas.


Fall foliage has arrived in an Aspen grove in the Southern Utah landscape

Check your LCD to see if exposure adjustments are necessary. But take a lot of exposures. You may need to use a neutral density or polarizing filter to darken the subject. These trees were already in shadows which enabled me to take a longer exposure. On these shots, the exposure was 1/4 second at F11 and an ISO of 100. You could take a 1 second exposure at F16. I moved the camera vertically, in line with the prevailing features of the trees.

Fall foliage has arrived in an Aspen grove in the Southern Utah landscape

I then send these images out to be printed on canvas. From my 20 years experience in the printing industry, I know that colors will change depending on the surface you’re printing on. Printing on a Premium Glossy Paper will yield high color and detail.  A canvas printing surface will absorb the ink some and your colors and detail will be muted.  So, I will pump up the saturation in Photoshop by about 20 points in order to maintain the original color.  These canvas prints will produce something simulating a Monet.  I like to call this end product a paintograph, a photograph that resembles a painting. These two images are currently on my wall at home.

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These 40 x 30  canvas prints have a depth of 1 1/2 inches.


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I’m thinking of painting some more orange directly onto the surface plus a signature.

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  1. Lovely prints, works well with the trees.


  2. They all look great, but I like the vertical movement best.


  3. I’ve got to try this technique. Your prints are beautiful!


  4. Very creative. A fun exploration of possibilities!


  5. Magnificent photos one and all. They blow my mind. Thank you.


  6. Reblogged, the closest I come is to actually print my photos in grey scale and then paint them in, using the originals as a colour guide. Water Colour Pencil gives the best effect.


  7. I absolutely love the blurry watercolor effect and the bright colors! Well done! I’m so glad we connected. Looking forward to future posts.


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