Little House on the Prairie

I’ll admit, this shot is a bit of an experiment, and I’m willing to bet it’s not for everyone…but what’s the fun in producing the same ol’ stuff all the time, right?

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve done a bit of work with textures before, but I’ve never used one that so obviously makes an image look like a painting. When I applied this brushstroke texture as a bit of fun, I ended up really liking the result. I think it adds a bit of extra depth and gives the shot a real tangible feeling…like you could reach out and touch all that texturing. I’m more than open to critique, so feel free to leave honest comments below.

Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, 14mm, F 16, ISO 100, 1/160 sec

Heather - April 13, 2011 - 7:16 am

I’m really liking the texture Heath!

Tobias George - April 13, 2011 - 7:19 am

Changing things up is always good, and I think it works perfectly here. Makes the clouds pop!

Scott Webb - April 13, 2011 - 7:29 am

Experimenting and exploring is so important. Good for you for simply trying something out for yourself.

Jason Hines - April 13, 2011 - 7:48 am

I like it. It definitely makes it look more like a painting than a photo but like you said, whats the fun in doing the same thing all the time. Nice work.

Jesse Pafundi - April 13, 2011 - 7:54 am

You know Im not one for textures, but I friggin love this. I think it just works so perfectly with the shot (which itself is downright awesome). Love.

Chris Nitz - April 13, 2011 - 7:54 am

Fantastic texture man. I think you have become the texture master and I am but a pupil looking to learn. The texture you picked works really well and transforms this into an almost painted piece of art. Great job man!

Jim Denham - April 13, 2011 - 8:29 am

Textures have their place and function, and this one definitely gives the painting look to the image. Always fun using new tools!

Matty - April 13, 2011 - 8:34 am

Love this, Heath! The composition is amazing!

Chris Frailey - April 13, 2011 - 8:49 am

Great sky and texture.

A.Barlow - April 13, 2011 - 8:59 am

This is really cool looking. I mean, wow. I think the texture makes it, but even without, I would still like it. I wish my “experiments” turned out this good, lol.

can’t stop looking at it…

murphyz - April 13, 2011 - 10:02 am

I think it’s great to play with these types of things and try them out, but I’m not a fan of using them yet. I’ve used one in my short time doing this lark, and feel that turned out well – but it was a texture over a room which was otherwise a little too bare for my liking and it needed a little something extra to make it work for me. I haven’t yet taken a shot where I think it would work well with, and was taken for, a particular texture – my mind simply does not work in that way. Likewise I haven’t got myself into the mindset of taking a photo purely for the purpose of using that as a texture in the future, which I know other photographers do.

In your image above I like the texture purely because it adds another element to the image and what could otherwise be a shot without too much focal interest has been changed into a shot with that little bit extra now in it. For me it’s the texture itself which has added this, in particular because of how it appears in the clouds, but I don’t necessarily see the shot as being one that is a painting rather than a photo, I think I would need to see it printed and framed for my mind to question the actual method used.

Jerry Denham - April 13, 2011 - 10:48 am

I love it! Although I will say I think this shot would have been fantastic even without it. Definitely works great here, though.

Tanya - April 13, 2011 - 10:53 am

I’m digging it!

Selena - April 13, 2011 - 11:10 am

I think this Is more interesting with the texture. I can’t say the image would’ve grabbed me without it. I really think this works even if it isn’t your normal.

Toad Hollow Photography - April 13, 2011 - 11:19 am

Honestly? I LOVE it! I really enjoy fine art photography a lot, and this most certainly falls into that category. I found myself somewhat emotional as I took this one fully in. Great job.

Kristi Hines - April 13, 2011 - 12:09 pm

Awesome work with the DOF and still making the house stand out, even though it’s so far away. It reminds me of a canvas print – something I’d want to hang on my wall. Might be a good way to make some print sales. 🙂

Scott Ackerman - April 13, 2011 - 12:11 pm

Really like this one bud! Great work with the texture.

Brian Furbush - April 13, 2011 - 12:55 pm

You crushed this man…love the subtle texture. I tend to dislike when textures are used too aggressively, but you balanced it very well in this shot.

Wayne Frost - April 13, 2011 - 1:31 pm

Heath, I am just starting to play with textures myself, I think images using them are very subjective. Sometimes I think they work really well, sometimes I think they may detract from an overall image. I am finding that your image may be top quality, you also have to ensure that you use a high quality texture image, and then I think you need to experiment with blending modes and opacity.

In the case of your image here. And this is just my own opinion, I think the texture gets lost in the foreground grass, and the pattern of the texture just does not do much for me. I applaud you for the effort and I will be interested in seeing more of your texture efforts in the future. Have you checked out Pete Talke’s textured images? Pete seems to be developing as an amazing practitioner of texture effects.

Brei - April 13, 2011 - 2:05 pm

I love the texture it really does make you want to reach out and touch it:)

Chris Kenison - April 13, 2011 - 3:35 pm

Sweet shot! Love the texture!

andy gimino - April 13, 2011 - 5:32 pm

I love this heath! Kudos to you for stepping out of the box…well done!

Adam Olson - April 13, 2011 - 6:01 pm

Stunning image Heath! I love the texture, it works wonderfully with this image!

Ryan Sexton - April 14, 2011 - 9:00 am

Awesome shot, the texture is amazing!

Phil Cohen - April 22, 2011 - 6:43 am

Great execution. The scene is killer and the processing a great complement.

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