Happy New Year everyone! This photo is of a sycamore tree that I took on our ride to the Central Coast on Wednesday. I love trees. Especially trees in the winter as their true shape is really evident without leaves. Branches and trunks are so naturally artistic. It is hard to take a bad photo of a beautiful tree. In this photo I used a high pass filter slightly and adjusted levels on the first layer in Photoshop Elements. Secondly, I applied Topaz Simplify buz sim. Finally, I dodged the branches and trunk just a little to bring out the pale luster of the beautiful bark. I really like the way that Topaz Simplify softens the background so that the tree stands out without being harsh. Hope you like it. Have a great New Year’s Day!!!