This image was created at an abandoned homestead in the Palouse region of the northwestern United States. The coiled up barbed wire had golden orange lichen on it. The lichen coordinated nicely with the yellow colored wild mustard plants that were backlit from the sun.
I used the OM-D E-M5 Mark II Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera by Olympus & the ED 12-40mm f/2.8 – my new favorite walk around lens, hand held.
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One way that I add a soft blur to my images is with Gaussian Blur. I especially like the look when coupled with a backlit image. To create the effect above I start in Photoshop by duplicating my layer, then I add some Gaussian Blur to the top layer; go to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur and set it to approximately 25 pixels. The top layer will appear quite blurry. Next change the blend mode to Soft Light. Reduce the opacity to taste. I also add a layer mask to reveal all of the details in key areas. It is an old trick but it sill works beautifully and it is easy to do.
To learn more ways to creatively enhance your images check out my latest “Guide to Creative Filters & Effects II”. Carol Carson edited this eBook for me and it has tips that will work for both PC and MAC users.