Vermont Winter Landscape - Currier & Ives Style

February 18, 2013  •  1 Comment

Cloudland 4C&IPSE

This image was taken on New Year's Day this year as we were returning from a "brunch" with our friends the Wendts. This farm is located on Cloudland Rd between Woodstock and Promfret Vermont. After a new snow the drive is absolutely gorgeous. I had posted the original image on another site and I received a comment likening the image to a "Currier and Ives". This month I am spending time studying composition which means I also am looking at paintings and other works of art. I really knew nothing about Currier and Ives which meant turning to the internet and learning about the lithography that the two men popularized in the late 19th century. I also ordered a book cataloging 150 of their lithograph prints. Next I did a search of digital techniques that might allow me to reproduce the look of a Currier and Ives lithograph. I will not bore you with the processing other than to say it involved both NIK Color Efex and Photoshop filter effects. I just hope you could imagine a Christmas card with this image and think "Currier and Ives". The original images was shot late in the day with the sun behind and camera right causing the deep shadows and the lit hillside. Nikkor [email protected], 1/125 sec, f13, ISO 200, handheld.


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Ann Littlefield Coleman(non-registered)
David, you have done it again. Beautiful. For years, the only kind of cards I would select for Christmas were your lookalikes. Then I strayed away to another artist. We just may have to buy card pictures from you from now on.
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