Be an Im­pres­sion­ist in three steps

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The Im­pres­sion­ists tried to recre­ate the ex­pe­ri­ence of see­ing, rather than cap­tur­ing ev­ery de­tail. Well, to­day’s Nikons cap­ture an aw­ful lot of de­tail, but as this quick and easy tech­nique shows, you don’t have to make the most of ev­ery last pixel to get strik­ing re­sults.

If you want to take a pho­to­graph specif­i­cally for this pro­ject, you’ll need to find a gen­tly rip­pling body of wa­ter. A river or lake with a colour­ful scene above is ideal. The height you shoot from will af­fect your scene; at the level of the wa­ter the re­flec­tion will be longer but more blurred. Lift your cam­era higher and the re­flec­tion will be shorter, but also more sharp.

You will need the wa­ter to be fairly still. Use a tri­pod to hold the cam­era steady and al­low for a longer shut­ter speed. An ex­po­sure of two to three sec­onds will blend slight wa­ter rip­ples to­gether. You may need to use Neu­tral Den­sity fil­ters to make longer shut­ter speeds pos­si­ble.

Once you’ve shot an im­age, it will take no time at all to tweak it in Pho­to­shop to make it look as if it was painted by one of the Mas­ters.

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