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12-30-2019, 04:31 PM - 7 Likes   #1
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We were at an exhibit of impressionism at Houston's Museum of Fine Arts over the holidays, and while looking at the paintings I was reminded of this old photo from our big Alaska trip back in 2014. It was taken with a Canon PowerShot SX30 IS at 150mm.

While on the train to Denali, I leaned out from the platform between the cars to take a picture of the trainman manually changing a turnout so the train could switch to a siding.

It was only after I looked at the results that I saw that the train's steam caused some distortion in the photo. But what serendipity! I ended up with a scene that I think easily could have been painted by one of the great impressionists of the late 19th century. What do you think?



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Very nice. The same effect during winter time made me once believe that my lenses were soft; then I realized it was the heat that was making the image blurry
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Very impressionistic!
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Indeed! You shouldn't let on it wasn't 100% intentional.

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I think you can do that with photoshop as well nowadays...
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Very impressionistic. As said, you can do something similar with Photoshop - and a steam-driven computer. But I prefer your shot.
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I think it looks even better the more you blow it up!

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Very cool effect! I love it!
I am a big fan of the impressionists though!
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QuoteOriginally posted by SSGGeezer Quote
I am a big fan of the impressionists though!
As a fan you would have loved this exhibit. It included some remarkable works from the likes of Cassatt, CÚzanne, van Gogh, Matisse, Monet, and Picasso. It also included a complete gallery of Berthe Morisot's paintings. It was just a feast for any lover of impressionism.

n.b. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is rapidly becoming one of the major museums on the world stage. When its current expansion project is completed in the fall, it will be the fourth largest museum in the U.S.
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That's a nice effect. The distortion caused by the heat ripples makes for an effective analogue to impressionist brushstrokes.
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Inn photography, like life, LUCK counts! Nice effect! If you tried to get this, it probably would not have worked out for you.
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Better to be lucky than miss the shot!
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Very impressionistic. As said, you can do something similar with Photoshop - and a steam-driven computer.
These days, a steam-driven computer would struggle with Photoshop, lol. Interesting effect.
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Lovely capture - thats a real keeper!

But no point getting all steamed up about it!
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I wonder if it would be possible to get this kind of effect with a very small amount of ICM?
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