Blossoms

May-10

Welcome to another round of “Texture Tuesday”. This week’s challenge had no requirements except to utilize one of Kim’s textures.

Spring has been slow to arrive here in northeastern Ohio. Chilly, rainy, grey days have been our predominant weather pattern thus far.  And yet, spring has quietly blossomed, almost without our noticing. One day, a bare branch; the next, tiny buds make an appearance; followed by fragile white and pink blossoms, as if by magic. In celebration of our delinquent spring season, this week’s image and its texture treatment is a little more conventional than what I have done in previous weeks.

Here is my recipe for transforming this tribute to spring:

  • Performed normal RAW adjustments and opened the file in Photoshop
  • Added the “Love” texture, using Hard Light blend mode, at 70% opacity
  • On the associated layer mask, painted over the main blossoms with 50% grey in order to reduce the texture in those areas and enhance the main subject
  • On the Dodge layer above the texture, filled the layer with 50% grey; set the blend mode to Overlay and then painted straight lines around the edge using the Dodge tool. This created a subtle frame around the image.
  • Added the text. The text color is a soft brown and the blend mode is set to Linear Light. The text layer was duplicated.
  • Added a Hue/Saturation layer above the original image. With this adjustment layer, the saturation was lowered for two bright areas in the background. This was done to soften the background and avoid conflict with the main subject.

Below is the original image. I like the softness and delicate beauty that the texture brings to the image, giving it a more spring-like feel and emotion. And that is our goal, isn’t it? To capture not only the image but its emotional essence.  And so, here’s to spring.

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Posted on May 10, 2011, in Photoshop and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. Beautiful shot. Great lighting and I love the edit!

    • Becky – Thanks so much for your comment and for stopping by today. Playing around with Kim’s textures is always great fun – I think this image was definitely improved with the addition of some texture love. Please do come back again.

  2. This is such a beautiful use of texture, lovely.

  3. Just beautiful…another job well done!!

  4. Wonderful composition and treatment !

  5. This is just beautiful and thank you for your recipe. I really appreciate knowing how you have achieved your finished look.

    • Miriam – you are very welcome for the recipe. I agree that it is very helpful to see the actual steps that someone follows to get their final result. Oftentimes that will lead me to try something new so we all learn from each other. Which is the best thing about activities like “Texture Tuesday” – we get to experience so many different ideas from other photographers and artists. I do hope you will stop by again.

  6. Lovely image with beautiful processing – gorgeous!

    • Jan – thanks so much for your comment. “Texture Tuesdays” have provided a real creative inspiration for me. I hope you will stop by again.

  7. Lovely! I love these pink blossoms before the red leaves come…

    • Vonda – I don’t remember this bush blooming in the past so it was a pleasant surprise to capture those delicate pink blossoms. Thanks for your comment. Please do stop back.

  8. Your original photo is quite spectacular. The vibrant color did not get washed out with the texture. Nice editing.

    • Marilyn – I really enjoy the challenge of working with a photo and trying to make it better. Textures are a wonderful resource for adding something special. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I really appreciate it and hope that you will stop back.

    • Teresa – I think the texture really helped give this photo the right “look” that says Spring. Thanks for your comment – please do come again.

    • Mary – thank you verrrrry much for stopping by and leaving a comment. It is much appreciated. I hope you will stop by again.

  9. This is so beautiful – gorgeous processing!

  10. This is so beautiful! I came over from Texture Tuesday and even discovered that you are also participating at Kat’s Postcard Swap! 🙂

    • Rosie – so good to have a fellow “Liberate Your Art” participant stop by! Thanks so much for your comment – I’m glad that you enjoyed my TT submission.

I greatly appreciate your comments!

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