During my most recent trip to Tokyo, my family and I went to the Fuji 5 Lakes and Gotemba area. We were going to a specific place (I won't go into that here) and this area has a good view of Mt Fuji. We were very fortunate that the skies were clear and there were some clouds around to add character to the mountain. I started off with my Olympus OM-D E-M5 taking photos trying some single exposures and some bracketed ones. I then remembered that my camera has some very interesting Art Modes that I have heard good things about. I decided this would be a good time to play around with various modes. I tried about 4 different styles and the only one I liked was the Diorama Effect, which is posted at the top of this post. One important thing to keep in mind about using these Art Effects is to setup your camera to take RAW + JPG in those modes. That way you still have the original RAW file as well as the in camera processed JPG. Below is another photo I processed on my own using Lightroom and onOne Perfect Efex 4
What do you do with a crappy photo that you really want to be good? You pixel bend it to death until it is still crap. But, I had a lot of fun working on it. As you can see by the original photo below, the sky was blah, Mt Fuji was hidden and the light was useless, but I tried to recover it anyway because this was the only one that had any hope of getting Mt Fuji in the photo. I finally just gave up and started doing some crazy stuff with it and fell into a look that resembles the traditional Japanese art form known as Ukiyo-e. Once I started to see that resemblance, I went all out and tried to give it that look. I normally try to post just my best work, but today I wanted to post this photo because it has an odd attraction. It's not a good photo but it intrigues me and maybe you as well.