A Photographer’s Easter Egg Painting

Mountain Forest
Mountain Forest | Lungau | 2018

Approaching Easter Sunday, The Significant Other and the Kids diligently colored some Easter Eggs. I decided to work on a photographic Easter Egg for myself, trying a technique I read about on the web but have never explored so far. For a bit of how to continue after the jump….

The goal was to combine a normal still photograph with a motion blurred version of the same scenery. For that I took first a still image of a mountain forest scenery (specs are 1/60 sec @ f/4.5 and ISO 200), then a long exposure image while panning the camera upwards (specs are 1/8 sec @ f/13 and ISO 200), with both images having the same focal length of 38mm. See the original RAW files above.

After import of the RAW file in Lightroom CC Classic I sent them over to Photoshop, copying the sharp image as separate layer on top of the blurred image, manually lining up the tree trunks (as I shot hand held the images did not exactly match). I then created a layer mask and with the black brush “painted” through the sharp image to reveal the blurred trunks from the layer underneath. My goal was to have blurred trunks above a somewhat sharp ground, and also some sharp areas between the blurred trunks. I played around until I liked the results.

After re-importing in Lightroom Classic CC, I increased contrast, saturation and played a bit with the curves. Done….

My personal little Easter Egg 😉

It might not be to everyone’s taste, but I felt good creating some art. And this is all that counts for me.

The same effect can be used on a variety of backgrounds, also with people, buildings, street scenes etc. If you’ve created similar art, share your results via the comment section.

Wish you all a great and creative Saturday!


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14 thoughts on “A Photographer’s Easter Egg Painting

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  1. This is such an interesting concept. I don’t know if it’s done by the same process, but another blogger had a similar conceptual series. I don’t know if you’ve seen his work. Edlehming.wordpress.com. He’s using a new technique now, but if you look back about 4 posts, he has created photos with this blur technique as well.

    I’m still busy learning how to do “regular” stuff. 😉

  2. It would never occur to me to play around with my images like this — but obviously I’ve been missing out! Thank you for a great “how to” post, and an equally great image.

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