Into Your Garden
Another round of Texture Tuesday! This week’s theme: Gardening
I see a pattern developing here. One week our theme was coffee – I don’t drink coffee – so extreme steps had to be taken in order for me to participate. A vintage theme had me scrambling for subject matter. And now we come to gardening. Another activity in which I do not take part, perhaps due to the fact that I kill any green thing put into my care. Yard work and gardening have never appealed to me. Perhaps it goes back to the days as a child when I was assigned the task of digging out the dandelions in the yard with a kitchen knife – ahh, sweet childhood memories!
Don’t get me wrong – I love the results of someone else’s labor. A beautifully maintained yard or sumptous garden are well-appreciated by my photographer’s eye. But, because I am green-thumb-challenged, I had to seek out floral inspiration from the work of others. A quick turn around the neighborhood and voila: a flower celebration! I love the delicate pastel petals and the deep burgundy richness of the center of this flower. And the lime green star-like pattern peeking through which adds a bright contrast, further defining the flower’s shape.
The Photoshop processing for this image is rather subtle as you can see from the “before” image above. Quite a bit different than last week’s image but another example of the versatility of the “Divide” blend mode. Here are the steps to achieve this effect:
- Added a soft posterized version of the original image; Darken blend mode at 50% opacity
- Ran the Midtone Contrast action to bring back some sharpness to the center of the image; layer set to Overlay blend mode
- Added Kim’s Portrait texture; layer set to Divide blend mode at 50% opacity
You know – I really am okay with not having a talent for gardening. But I am so grateful to those of you who share your passion with the rest of us. And by so doing, I am able to build upon your creativity by capturing the beauty of your efforts. So thank you, for allowing me into your garden.