Painterly Landscape ~ Read The Rules - Capture Date Requirement

Challenge #12 in the Outside The Box series. Hosted by JamesWG.
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Your challenge is to create a landscape that looks like it might be a watercolor or oil painting. Although there are many "filters" and "textures" prepackaged with various applications, I would like you to create your own textures to enhance your entry and NOT use the "off the shelf textures". The texture should be consistent with the original image - some examples might be tree bark for a forest, rippling water for a lake etc.
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Painted Hills Impressionism
by WirenL
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This is a close up shot of the Painted Hills in the John Day Fossil Beds in Eastern Oregon. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Painted_Hills. Taken with my 50-200mm at 200mm this makes the perfect type of shot for a challenge like this. Shot taken from the main viewpoint trail top looking down. This trip was a 500 mile round trip for me, left my home west of PDX at 2:30am to get there in the morning and got home at 4pm the same day - in time to catch my daughters ball game.
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Submitted: Sunday, 24th June, 2012 23:06 (GMT)
Taken: Friday, 22nd June, 2012
Focal length: 200 mm
Shutter speed: 1/160 sec
Aperture: F16
ISO: 400
Notes: PP via LR3.6. Manual Mode on Tripod (windy) Processing as follows; WB 5000K Tint +7 +0.35 Exposure Blacks = 5 Brightness +50 Contrast +28 Clarity +35 Vibrance +15 Saturation +3 Tone Curve = Strong Contrast Red Sat. = +15 Orange Sat = +10 Red Luminance = -15 Orange Luminance = -8 very slight noise control.
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