Awhile back, I wrote about the concept of complex simplicity, a term coined by my tour partner Dan Sniffin. To my eye, this image fits the term. While it has a lot going on, it really is a very simple composition. Lots of straight lines created by the trees and branches, and then some branches with curved shapes and a few splashes of color to direct the eye. So while complex, it really is quite simple. Complex simplicity.
On a processing note, I used a blended layer (at 50% opacity) of Alien Skin’s Snap Art 4 Impasto to soften the busyness just a bit.
Speaking about processing, my friends at Totally Rad have just released Replichrome II Slide Film. These film presets work with Lightroom and also right in ACR on the RAW file. This makes them unique and non-destructive. Beyond that, they are excellent simulations. All of your favorite chromes are there from Fuji and Kodak. I’ve converted the Cuba car scene below with both the Fuji and Kodak presets
Kodak Ektachrome 64