In the Pink
Texture Tuesday Theme: Pink
On Friday evening, I lay in bed, worrying about how I was going to come up with an image to satisfy this week’s Texture Tuesday subject. (Yes, these are the types of things on which I ruminate while waiting for sleep.) After all, a theme had been declared; ergo, in order to participate, I needed to come up with a pink-themed photograph. Thus far, I had nothing even remotely on theme and no brilliant ideas for how to get there. It is likely that I could have found something suitable in my archives – pink flowers perhaps – but that solution didn’t really appeal to me.
And then, in the middle of my tossing and turning, a novel idea came to me. I could simply ignore the theme and post what I wanted. I could break the rules. I could throw caution to the wind and set out on my own path; march to the beat of my own drummer. Go ahead, pick your cliche – but you have to understand how revolutionary this thought process is for me.
By nature, I am a rule follower. I don’t like to make waves; I run from confrontation; I rarely question the status quo. I like routine; I create and follow itineraries; I make to-do lists and revel in completing them. I like order and organization and systems and discipline. But this time, I gave myself permission to ignore the rules.
The result? Pink columns!
The above image was taken inside the Heinz Memorial Chapel – a site that was NOT on the original itinerary during a recent mini-vacation in Pittsburgh. But having arrived early at the Carnegie Museum of Art, we were intrigued by the magnificant neo-Gothic architecture of the chapel and set off to explore. And what a delight! Columns, arches, stained glass windows. This side trip ended up being the photographic highlight of our trip.
But the real magic happened during post-processing.
While performing my normal RAW edits, I decided to adjust the white balance – the interior of the chapel had a tricky combination of natural and artificial light and my camera was set to “Auto White Balance” for this shot. As an experiment, I ran through all the white balance presets. When I hit the “Fluorescent” option, I was stunned – the image was transformed into a gorgeous sunset combination of pink, purple, rust and salmon. And while this modified image isn’t what I saw, it better communicates what I felt when viewing this glorious building.
And so, things have come full circle. Having given myself permission to rebel, having strayed from my original itinerary, having chosen the “wrong” white balance setting – I ended up with a pink photograph, one that satisfies the theme and yet, demonstrates in a clear way my unique vision.
There’s a lesson to be learned here – one about rules and rebellion; about stepping outside the box; about being brave. Next, you’ll find me wearing white shoes after Labor Day.
Here are the steps to finalize this image:
- A levels adjustment to increase contrast
- Golden texture, desaturated, Divide blend mode at 50% opacity