Way before we decided to take up photography, back in 2011, we visited Sidmouth on a windy day. Anyway this image was taken of the waves crashing over the rocks.
There is something about it I like.. so I decided today to give it an Impressionistic paint effect in Topaz Impressions 2.
I like what the software did. However, I wanted to go further with the image. So I decided to Edit it in Photoshop.
As you can see by the layers panel… I added birds, a boat and barrels as well as a moon.
First of all, I added a boat.. then the birds and finally the barrels. However, I then decided to add a moon and another sky overlay. As I wanted the moon to appear behind the birds I moved the layer down so it sat just above my image. Then came the sky… as I wanted this to appear in front of the moon but behind the birds, this was added just above the moon image.
A lot of the layers that were added needed to be given an impressionistic paint feel. To do this I then selected one of the elements via the Filter menu… opened it up in Topaz Impression created the effect I wanted then saved it. For all the other elements I just highlighted the layer element and did Alt+Control+F in windows. And this added the effect. Sometimes I did this twice on the layer to create more of an impressionistic feel.
To blend the elements in I used clipping masks for that particular element. Primarily I used the levels and saturation adjustment for most of the element layers.
Once I was happy it was back into Lightroom where I did some more edits.