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!!!