Digital in Camera Art Filters What Are They Good For? Abstract Photography?

by Laurie Madsen January. 31, 2019 440 views

Only one thing good comes with these sub-zero Polar Vortex conditions- JACK FROST visits and paints the windows with beautiful artistry!

Jack Frost "Paints the Town" During the Coldest Weather (natural without digital filter applied)

Jack Frost "Paints the Town" During the Coldest Weather (natural without digital filter applied)

It's hard to find interesting subjects indoors when it's too cold to go out and shoot, so we are always thrilled when Jack Frost shows up to paint the windows.

While shooting the above picture, I decided it was a great time and opportunity to test out my in camera art filters. Since the pictures will be abstract anyway, I thought it might produce some interesting results.

Pop Art Filter on the Olympus OM-D EM-5 Markii

Pop Art Filter on the Olympus OM-D EM-5 Markii

I kept everything consistent for all shots EXCEPT in each picture I used a different art filter. I did crop different areas of the images, so the pictures wouldn't get too boring too look at.

PALE AND LIGHT FILTER  Olympus OM-D EM-5 Markii

PALE AND LIGHT FILTER Olympus OM-D EM-5 Markii

I underexposed the images just a tad, because I could see through the glass to the distracting elements on the other side if I didn't. Images are left un-edited except for cropping.

PINHOLE ART FILTER Olympus OM-D EM-5 Markii

PINHOLE ART FILTER Olympus OM-D EM-5 Markii

My husband is hogging the macro lens (yes-shooting frost), so I used my M.zuiko 40-150mm 2.8 Pro lens with the EC-14 1.4 Tele-converter attached. I am always truly amazed (and thrilled) at how close I can be to my subject and that I don't notice any IQ loss with this combination!

DIORAMA ART FILTER Olympus OM-D EM-5 Markii

DIORAMA ART FILTER Olympus OM-D EM-5 Markii

I'm not exactly sure what Diorama art filter is supposed to do, but I noticed "out of focus areas" so am assuming that's what it is for, shifting focal plane.

CROSS PROCESS ART FILTER Olympus OM-D EM-5 Markii

CROSS PROCESS ART FILTER Olympus OM-D EM-5 Markii

The Cross Process art filter rendered an image reminiscent of ferns.

GENTLE SEPIA ART FILTER Olympus OM-D EM-5 Markii

GENTLE SEPIA ART FILTER Olympus OM-D EM-5 Markii

I couldn't really figure out what is so gentle about Gentle Sepia Art Filter.

Dramatic Tone art filter is definitely dramatic!

VINTAGE ART FILTER Olympus OM-D EM-5 Markii

VINTAGE ART FILTER Olympus OM-D EM-5 Markii

I kind of like the Vintage art filter version. I'm thinking of telling Jack Frost he should make limited edition prints using this filter.

BLEACH BYPASS FILTER Olympus OM-D EM-5 Markii

BLEACH BYPASS FILTER Olympus OM-D EM-5 Markii

Bleach Bypass filter rendered an interesting look.

I-ENHANCE ART FILTER Olympus OM-D EM-5 Markii

I-ENHANCE ART FILTER Olympus OM-D EM-5 Markii

I-Enhance art filter is interesting too.

My conclusion is that I haven't really come to one yet. It was a fun experiment and if nothing else I now have a visual reference to most of my in camera art filters!

All images copyright 2019 JACK FROST

So what are your thoughts? What are in camera art filters good for?

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Krista Meader 1 year, 1 month ago

Oooh, you’re making me homesick

1 year, 1 month ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Krista Meader 1 year, 1 month ago

That's not necessarily a bad thing!

1 year, 1 month ago Edited
Sherry Hill 1 year, 2 months ago

interesting filters.. tho i rarely use mine.. i keep coming back to #10.. it has such POP.. i love detail.. thanks for sharing..

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Sherry Hill 1 year, 2 months ago

Thanks for your input Sherry!
I rarely use them either, but occasionally I'll try them and they surprise me!
Fun to experiment.
I agree about # 10 but I guess I really like #3 for this subject.

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Björn Roose 1 year, 2 months ago

Don't know a thing about 'them damn filters', but I do know that I like the natural, no filter photo best smile

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 2 months ago

Thanks! It's neat to hear peoples thoughts!

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Randy Madsen Replied to Laurie Madsen 1 year, 2 months ago

no i'm not hogging the tamrom 90 mm macro for my sony a77

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Randy Madsen 1 year, 2 months ago

You didn't think that was funny..........?
Thanks for letting me use it!

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Randy Madsen Replied to Laurie Madsen 1 year, 2 months ago

your the best

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Randy Madsen 1 year, 2 months ago

No YOU are!

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
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