I've mentioned before that our dogwood is a good-looking tree. And I've certainly featured it on this blog plenty of times.
Here I go again.
Sometime early last year (or so), I decided that it would be nice to get a shot of the tree at the heart of each of the four seasons. My goal was to stand in the exact same place, holding the camera in the exact same way, in order to capture the same composition of the tree each season.
I tried to create an image of the tree that represented each season -- bright white blossoms in the spring, green leaves in summer, vibrant red leaves in autumn, and snowy branches in the winter.
When I got all four shots, I cleaned them up and realized that they were really just ordinary shots of a tree. Not very exciting.
Then I decided to get artsy. I thought it would be a good idea to convert the images into something that looked like a painting. There are lots of ways to do that, but I discovered an iPhone app called Prisma. The app provides lots of different filters that transform ordinary photos into artistic images. (And yeah, I know I'm using the term "artistic" rather liberally.)
So, after doing some basic processing on the images in Lightroom (cropping, contrast, and saturation), I moved the images to my phone and carefully chose Prisma filters for each photo that highlighted the aspects of each season. I then brought them back into Lightroom for a few more adjustments (highlights, shadows, and vibrance).
The resulting four images are below.
If you have a favorite, let me know.