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'A foggy morning dreamscape' by Robin Wechsler

by Editor Michel Romaggi in collaboration with the author Robin Wechsler 
Edited and published by Yvette Depaepe, the 26th of April 2023


 'A foggy mountain dreamscape'
EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM  f/8.0,  ISO 2000, focal length 157mm.


Intrigued by the colourful mountain landscapes in Robin's portfolio, I was eager to know how she composed them.  Robin was kind enough to reveal some of her artistic secrets. Thanks Robin, for taking the time to answer my questions about your outstanding work.


What place does photography occupy in your life?

It is not my day job, but photography is a passion that borders on addiction. I shoot as a way to stay connected to people and this delicate planet we call home. Through my lens I see lights, colours, the change of seasons, birds in flight, a moment of life on city streets and much more. I honestly believe that before I learned to use my camera (to borrow from a movie title) I was missing “most everything, everywhere, all at once.”


What led you to this path?

I began shooting after the death of my father about a decade ago. It helped me deal with the emotions I was experiencing. No genre was off limits. Beginning 2021 I spent mornings shooting agave and focused my energy on botanical art photography. At this point I started experimenting with a wide range of tools in Photoshop.  Studying the creative edits and nature art photography posted by fellow 1x members was instrumental in taking the next step. A trip to New Mexico was icing on the cake. There, I wanted to try something new and different but remembered how much I loved the land, plants and flowers as seen in work of Georgia O’Keeffe. My first attempts at nature art photography as inspired by O’Keeffe were my agave shots published on 1x. This year, tree bark!


'The pastel side of winter 2023'

How did you realize that amazing beautiful landscape we can see in 'A foggy mountain dreamscape'?

A foggy mountain dreamscape began life as a section of Eucalyptus tree bark.  The “skin” of this tree is a spectacular visual crayon box of colours when it rains. On a day that it was pouring, I shot hundreds of bark sections, selected the captures I believed had potential to convert into landscapes, and picked one image that most resembled my California Coast “home” colours with fog resting on the land.


How did you choose it?
I didn’t! It chose me. It is a bit like a beloved song. Hard to say why it moves you so much, but you feel it deeply when you hear it. A photo can trigger all kinds of memory and emotion for one person but not for the next viewer. In the absence of a road trip, these bark/mountain shots transport me to places I have been and places I wish to go. Foggy mountain dreamscape reflects my love for the California Coast.


What photographic equipment do you use?

I own two cameras, a Canon EOS 80D and a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. All of the bark shots were captured with my EF S55 – 250mm lens.

Under what circumstances did you take it and what settings did you use ?

The colours in the tree bark glow almost neon during and just after a rainstorm. I’m often shooting right out my wind shield between the swipes of the wiper blades. Best time for heading out is dawn, but if more light is needed my car headlights can work.
The settings for “foggy mountain dreamscape” were EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM  f/8.0,  ISO 2000, focal length 157mm.



I understand that it takes a long time to get this great result. Can you describe the steps in this process at least schematically?

Given the number of steps involved (hundreds) and the time it takes, I’ll respond to this question categorically. It is really important for me to stress that the steps are not linear and I jump between them constantly. Few of the shots work out. Very few.


Form:  I rotate the shot 90 degrees so that the colours have a horizontal orientation. I use the FILTER/DISTORT/TWIRL to create hills and EDIT/PERSPECTIVE Warp for mountains.


Details: The tree provides the details. Knots form the tips of the mountains. Lichens become trees, grass, and everything green. The blues in the tree bark become rivers and sky. I use the PATCH/EDIT/FILL tool but always select “content aware” to move the lichen patches where needed. I spend a lot of time on this process using the patch tool so that the layers have a smooth flow. Sometimes I need to use the paintbrush tool on very low opacity and flow to smooth things out but I try to avoid this if possible.


Colours: I drop down the FILTER tab at top of the PS page to CAMERA RAW FILTER. I scroll down to COLOR MIXER. I subdue some colours and enhance others.


Light and Blur: I use all of these tools: blur, burn, dodge, smudge, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, brush, and on and on.  You will find the BLUR GALLERY under FILTERS.


Clean up: If needed I reduce noise, and sharpen.  The creative tools in Photoshop are almost limitless and do not have to be used in a strict and linear fashion, but I use them freely and as needed as part of my creative process.  Success is not guaranteed and failures will be many. This is still a brave new world. I stand in awe of my fellow photographers who have paved the way in the creative edit category and who have supported my efforts! I can’t thank you enough.


Finally, a special note of thanks to Michel Romaggi for the selection of 'A foggy mountain dreamscape' and the associated questions in the interview. I also wish to express my appreciation to crew member Mike Schaffner for the role he (and his online blog) has played in my development as a photographer.


'On the road to Santa Fe'



I am super late (like a month!) in thanking everyone for their kind comments. Also my deepest appreciation to Yvette Depaepe for all she does to make this magazine an integral part of 1x - an invaluable resource and such an inspiration to all.
Miharu PRO
Amazing!! Congratulations dear Robin!!
Thanks Miharu. Just visited your gallery. Your portraits are stunning!
...impressive and powerful images. I like it very much. Congrats.....
Thanks so much! Just followed you. Love your beautiful nature shots.
Great colors and textures. Congratulations on this wonderful presentation!
Thanks so very much Erhard. Congrats on all your publications and awards. Very inspiring!
Amazing work . Congrats.
Thanks so very much. Happy to now follow you! Beautiful work.
Beautiful images...I like your work. And many thanks for sharing the process.
Thanks Annie. I like yours too. Beautiful birds!
I always enjoy watching your wonderful photos Robin, excellent photo work. Please accept my sincere congratulations.
Thanks Miro. Just got the chance to visit your web site. So many visits to so many incredible lands. Lovely captures of your journey! And as a member of the crew, thanks for all you do to make 1x the special site that it is.
Incredible landscapes, Robin! Thanks for sharing your process! 🌄
How I love being connected with you here and on other sites, past and present! It has been so wonderful following the way you document your life and land. I always appreciate your kind words.
Beloved passion, words and photos! Thank you very much for sharing your stories. Lovely article.
Thanks so very much. And congrats on your street photography publications! Exceptional work!
Absolutely wonderful! Loved reading the conversation and learning the process ❤️
Thanks my dear. I can't count the number of hours I have spent studying and learning from your shots. First on NGYS, then Instagram and now here! So very happy when you turned up on 1x.
Thank you for these very interesting explanations of your approach and your means of creation. Congratulations on your creativity and the originality of your work.
Thanks Jean-Luc. Your work is exquisite. Takes my breath away.
Thanks for sharing the process, the wonderful gallery is uniquely yours. Best compliments dear Robin.
Thanks Arnon. I've been a fan of your work since day one. I love how you turn something ordinary into a special piece of art.
Very nice to hear something of your process of how you arrive at your beautiful images. Good luck and keep following you.
I followed you! Love your nature art captures!
Susan PRO
Robin I am so happy your work has been featured here on 1x. Your creativity is an inspiration . Congratulations !
Thanks SOE! And I need to say a big congrats on your "After the Freeze" shot. Off the charts!
A great article about your work, Robin! Well deserved recognition! I LoVE your dreamscapes. Beautiful lines, colours, light and shapes. Congratulations !
Thanks Lucie. Back at you. I love the way you get so close to your subjects and your embrace of color!
Fantastic article. I love these images. They are such an explosion of color, light, lines and texture. I'm so envious of your talent in making these. p.s. thanks for the shout out.
I'd trade them all for a fraction of your technical skills and vision. I love the world through your eyes and your willingness to support others in their development as photographers. Generous on steroids.
Excellent work Robin, I've been wondering about how you accomplishe your images for quite a while now. Sounds fascinating. Congratulations, Patrick
Thanks Patrick. I'm late in congratulating you on your recent publications. They are quite wonderful!
Excellent interview and the wonderful and artistic works! Learning! Congratulations!!!
Thanks Wanghan Li. You are kind and supportive above and beyond. I have always appreciated your encouragement.
Wow, Thanks for sharing your creative process and congratulations on the recognition of your beautiful work.
Thanks Jon. I love your nature shots and warm embrace of the critters that share our planet.
Thank you to the editor for this very inspiring article! Congratulations Robin for your beautiful and creative work!
Thanks so very much. Just followed you and love your recent black and white shots. Very inspiring.
Congratulations Robin, I have always admired your work. I still need to get myself an agave plant!
Thanks my friend! I think you mentioned that agave-thing to me before, Highly recommended, ha, ha. I can see a universe in a single leaf. You will too!
Thanks so very much!
Thanks for the look behind the scenes :-), I like these creative pictures a lot!
Thanks! So very appreciated. I see you excel at nature abstracts, my current passion. Congrats on your publications!
Very interesting and creative, and beautiful works, Robin, Congratulations!
Thanks Francisco! I got behind in viewing your photos. Love the embrace of color and use of leading lines in your recents. Wonderful!
Huge congratulations Robin, always knew this series was going to be famous!!
You predicted this from the first photo! Road trip time, ha, ha. Even if the world is a hot mess. I'll show you a great time, wonderful food and lots of shooting opportunities.
Wow, amazing article and big congrats, dear Robin!!
Love, love, love your street scenes. Maybe one day I'll get back to it. Meanwhile your captures are top notch! Congrats!
Beautiful, creative work, Robin. Congratulations!
Thanks Elizabeth. So grateful to you and all the 1x crew for all you do. It means a lot. And gotta say, you are a tree whisperer. Very inspiring.
All the images are surrealistically beautiful, lovely and colourful, congratulations Robin
Dear Anita. Thanks so very much. One day I hope to capture wildlife in the way you do. I see that your connection to your subjects runs wide and deep. Admirable!
Thank you Robin for kind comment