Thanks very much for the feedback! I will continue to experiment along these lines.
As another example, in your Badlands of Caledon image, the ground textures have an other worldly appearance, closer to painting than photo. There are several other examples. If you donít mind, that image is a clearer example of the surface textures you regularly achieve. Care to share on how you done it?
Honestly, I did nothing to the image. In fact, against my better judgment I sharpened it a tad to enter it for acceptance at another site. Didn't make it. I am trying to think what may be the reason for the painterly look and the only things I come up with, is:
1) I forgot to shut off camera "shake reduction", and that sometimes produces soft images.
2) There was rising mist.
3) For other images: I seldom sharpen preferring the softer look. Unless the softness is extreme.
4) I Sometimes apply unsharp mask where warranted to bring out the character or mood of a subject.
5) I am sure you are familiar with the Orton process (Gausian blur and sandwiching blurry and sharp images), and I sometimes employ that. A variation on this, is to resharpen the Orton image so that it looks relatively sharp but at the same time maintains a soft painterly quality.
6) Many involve camera movement or double exposures or a sandwich of two or more images.
I am not a master of PP and don't even own Photoshop. All the above techniques are simple and could have been accomplished using film, albeit, with more work and time.