Category: Abstract

Inverting Images In Photoshop

As an outdoor photographer and digital artist, I find it fun to experiment with creative effects in post-processing. Here is a super easy and super fast way to completely transform a photograph by inverting images in Photoshop and then applying textures and colors in Topaz Texture Effects. Here is an image of birch trees reflecting in a pond at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area near Grantsburg, Wisconsin. Not a bad image, but nothing that really makesLearn More

Blowout Holiday Sale on Gallery Wrapped Canvas Art

Just in time for last minute holiday shoppers, I’m having a blowout sale on gallery wrapped canvas pieces that have already been printed and are ready for you to pick up and take home – today! Wildlife, landscapes, nature, outdoor abstracts – there’s something for everyone who enjoys the outdoors! All of my pieces have all been printed by a professional lab using archival inks and materials and are ready to hang. All they needLearn More

How to Create Surreal Forest Photos in Minutes

Want to learn a fast easy way to turn “blah” forest photos into something surreal? I’m going to show you a way to get two different options out of the same “ho-hum” forest photo in just a few easy steps using Lightroom with either Photoshop for the blur option or Topaz Labs plug-ins for a super fast impressionist painterly effect. Original Forest Photo I took this during the middle of a sunny day at St.Learn More

How to Create Twirl Effect in Photoshop

If you like abstract photography, you’ll LOVE this twirl effect in photoshop! It’s fast and easy – SO easy you could create an action for it and make it even faster if you want to! Here’s how it’s done: Twirl Effect in Photoshop Start with any photo in 8 bit. This is the original: Filter -> Pixelate -> Mezzotint -> Medium Lines Filter -> Blur -> Radial Blur (slider = 100, blur method = zoom,Learn More

New Photographs on Display at Dow Art Gallery

There are now 10 new photographs on display on my wall at Dow Art Gallery and Picture Framing! I currently have six gallery wrapped canvases ranging in size from 11×11 to 12×18, all printed on Giclee archival 408gram 18mil canvas, and they’re ready to hang on YOUR wall! In addition to the canvases, there are four framed photographic prints ready to hang. Frames are either 11×14 or 16×20. Several matted and mounted prints are alsoLearn More

Take Dad to the North Woods for Father’s Day

I added a few new goodies to the gallery just in time for Father’s Day! Walleye – before you catch ’em! Ideally, you’ll be able to take your Dad to the North Woods and experience it first hand for yourselves: tromping through hard woods or tall pine forests, fishing or boating one (or more) of the thousands of pristine lakes, relaxing next to a spectacular waterfall, camping under the Northern Lights…. you get the idea.Learn More

Turn a Panorama to a Photo Planet with Photoshop

Learned a cool technique from Ben Wilmore during Photoshop Week on Creative Live a few weeks ago: how to transform a landscape panorama into a Photo Planet! Basic Photo Preparation This was my first attempt at this technique, so it’s a little rough. I also don’t currently have an ideal shot to apply it to (you want a nice panorama) and it was taken as a jpeg with a point and shoot camera, resulting inLearn More

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!   Crex Meadows sunset Thank you for stopping by the brand spankin’ new North Woods Photos site! The purpose of this site will be to show you my stompin’ grounds in and around Minnesota and nearby areas of the Upper Midwest through my outdoor photography.  You’ll learn about local hot spots for viewing wildlife, see amazing landscapes, and see how I tweak some images to get more abstract or painterly results.  I alsoLearn More

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