Playing with Images

What do you do for fun?

I find myself playing with my photography images in Photoshop.

This is where I test out new ideas, explore possibilities, and have a bit of a romp through Adobe Photoshop’s Blending Modes just to see what I might discover.

A Juniper tree was the subject. Depth, dimension, and color were the objectives.

Here are some results.

juniper saturated imageHere’s one that’s good fun but a bit over the top of in saturation. If you don’t push the boundaries, you don’t know how far to go.

juniperEasing up the saturation through changing blend modes makes this an entirely different image.

juniper and moon photoAdding the moon changes things once again

juniper moon imageHere’re a few tweaks to the moon addition. Gives it a bit more life.

If I were doing this as more than an exercise or decided that I wanted to make this into an art piece for printing, I would have spent much more time on making selections and blending the various textures and layers together. Play doesn’t always have to have a pay-off more than a new feel for the tools with which you are working.

Lessons learned in this session. Be careful with selections from the beginning of the process. Verify before moving too far along in the project. Once a mask is made and reused throughout the process any mistakes will be magnified. Ultimately, having had this session I will save time and frustration in the future.

Initial image was captured with the Lumix G7 with a 20mm f1.7 lens. The moon photograph was created with the Lumix GH2 handheld with a 100-300mm lens extended to 600mm equivalent. I keep lots of reference files of textures and various elements on hand to help in the art process. I think of my texture images as an artist would their paint & set of brushes.

Yours in Creative Photography,      Bob