This is my photograph of the Episcopal Church in Island Pond, Vermont, after removing electrical wires and poles and adding a watercolor filter in Photoshop. Click on the photo to see it in a larger size.
On a recent trip to Vermont, my fantasy was to find a quintessential New England church that was surrounded by trees glowing with brilliant Autumn colors. I found the tree in the Northern Kingdom of Vermont, but it was also surrounded by more than a dozen strings of electrical wires and one large utility pole.
As a long-time journalist, I hesitate to change reality in a photograph, even though the camera does lie somewhat with lens distortion, not capturing true color and other defects, but as an artist I didn’t hesitate one second to remove all of the electrical debris. Easier said than done, though. When you remove an element from a photograph, the deleted spots must be replaced by pixels that look natural. I used the clone brush to make the changes. I didn’t do it all at once, but in about half-hour increments over a series of weeks, because the work was incredibly tedious. I also straightened the photo a little to fix lens distortion.
After many hours, I’m happy with the result. Hope my fantasy looks real! And thanks to my husband Mike and friend Phil who were very patient while I wandered around Island Pond with my camera. There was a gorgeous shot everywhere I looked! I posted these photographs on a couple of websites.
Be sure to click on my post “Fauxtography” Altering reality in a photograph, linked below.
This is my original photograph of the Episcopal Church in Island Pond, Vermont, before I did any editing. Note all of the wires and the guardrail of the street in front of the church. I removed all of that with Photoshop.
This is a version of the church without the Watercolor Filter.
A Paper Mache Mermaid Skeleton hangs in Kirkwood Hall at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. The skeleton is one of four hanging in the hall for the Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos) festival planned for November 1, 2015. Sand paintings in an altar are also featured.
There are always activities at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. The museum’s exterior lights were bright blue in honor of the Kansas City Royals basbeall team being in the World Series. Guards were wearing Kansas City Royals t-shirts.
Day of the Dead at the Nelson Atkins
Inside, in Kirkwood Hall, four paper mache skeletons hung from the ceiling for the museum’s Day of the Dead Festival. In the center is an altar featuring sand paintings honoring ancestors, highlighting the four elements of earth, wind, fire and water. Visitors are encouraged to write their own special remembrance. The festival art is done in collaboration with local artists through Mattie Rhodes Center. Music and dancing is scheduled for the festival on November 1, 2015. The museum is at 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, Missouri.
My friend Lynn and I took our cameras to a couple of Missouri farms that sell pumpkins, apples and other goods, offer hay rides and let children pet animals. The weather was beautiful, and hopefully we haven’t seen the last of the summer-like days before winter hits.
Ripe Red apples are ready to be picked.
“Old Farm Wagon in a Hay Field” by Catherine Sherman
The Red Barn Farm in Weston, Missouri, offers a variety of farm goods for sale as well as activities for families, and is a place for receptions, church and school picnics and weddings.
This goat hopes I can read the sign at Red Barn Farm: Goat Feeding Station. Lucky for her, there were several children who didn’t even need a sign to recognize a goat in need of a treat.
Choose a pumpkin at Red Barn Farm!
The Farmer’s House Market near Weston, Missouri, sells locally grown and produced “farm to table” products such as vegetables, fruit, honey, cheese and farm and home related items. It’s a working farm where children, youth and young adults with developmental disabilities can live, work, play and grow.
A beautiful palomino horse stands on a hill against a bright blue sky at Red Barn Farm.
A scarecrow welcomes visitors to the apple orchard at Red Barn Farm.
Mini white pumpkins and other produce are for sale at The Farmer’s House in Weston, Missouri.
Bride and Groom scarecrows enjoy a beautiful autumn day at Red Barn Farm in Weston, Missouri.
“Autumn Leaves” was one of the songs I had to learn to play when I took piano lessons as a grader schooler. It was torture! Not because it was a bad song — it’s gorgeous — but because I have two left hands when it comes to making music.
I make better music with my camera. Here are some photographs of autumn leaves and flowers taken in mid-October in my neighborhood. I took some of these photographs in a nearby woods that is, unfortunately for us and the animals that live there, slated for development.
Be sure to take the poll at the bottom of this post. And listen (see below) to Eve Cassidy’s hauntingly beautiful version of “Autumn Leaves,” which bears no resemblance to the plunky sounds I made as a mediocre pianist.
I didn't see the Cloudless Sulphur butterfly on the sunflower on the left when I was taking this photograph. Very clever, these butterflies, to look like petals and leaves.
Poison Ivy is very beautiful in the fall.
A tiny beetle hangs out on this thistle.
Asters are a home for all sorts of insects. It's the Waldorf Aster-oria.
I don't know what this flower is called, but it's certainly beautiful.
The crabapple trees in the neighbhorhood are weighed down with fruit.
This is a scenic spot along the walking trail I like to take.
I don't have to tell you what kind of leaves these are! Without red maple leaves, we'd have to cancel autumn.
An abundance of crabapples.
Pampas grass turns a lovely shade of purple in the fall.
Eva Cassidy’s version of “Autumn Leaves.” Beautiful, but very meloncholy. Get out your hankies.