A Cup of Joe
This week’s “Texture Tuesday” posed a slight challenge for yours truly. In addition to the normal requirement to utilize one of Kim’s textures, we were also provided with a subject: “Your photo must be of a coffee cup or tea cup“. Okay, that doesn’t sound so difficult, does it? Well, except for the fact that I don’t drink coffee or tea, preferring to obtain my daily dose of caffeine cold (via generic Dr. Pepper). As a result, my collection of coffee and tea cups numbers exactly zero. Thus, extreme measures were called for.
Option 1: Approach stranger in restaurant and politely obtain permission to photograph their coffee cup
Option 2: Ask for a coffee cup (but no coffee) with restaurant meal
Option 3: Lurk at the local Starbucks
Luckily, I was able to avoid lurking. Last week, I attended a NAAP Photoshop seminar. And what does every seminar provide for workshop participants? Coffee! Since most of the people in attendance were photographers, I received only a few strange looks as I was kneeling beside the coffee table snapping photographs.
As with last week’s image, I utilized the Pencil Sketch technique in order to define the image lines. Three of Kim’s textures were layered on top, each using a different blend mode to add depth. I allowed some of the original image to show through on the left side in order to enhance the actual paper cups. On the right, you are seeing the reflections of the cups in the metal coffee urn so I let those fade into the background textures.
In my view, the original image isn’t anything special. In fact, it is slightly out of focus and normally would have ended up in the delete pile. But with some Photoshop experimentation, I was able to create an artistic “keeper”. I doubt that a stack of paper coffee cups is what Kim had in mind with this challenge but I should get points for unusual, right?