While I greatly enjoy the specialness of the holidays, the time with family and friends, I find that I am extremely grateful for my daily routine, the ordinary pattern of my days. There is a certain kind of beauty in the simple familiarity of each quiet moment.
Waking up, no alarm clock. Morning stretches. My breakfast of yogurt and Special K Vanilla Almond cereal. A walk on the treadmill, while watching the latest TV episode.
Checking in with my virtual art community; soaking in their creativity. My daily photo expedition. The thrill of discovery. My 365 project commitment.
The pleasures of a good book. After lunch, two (okay, maybe three) pieces of Dove dark chocolate. Homemade pineapple-orange sorbet for a mid-afternoon treat. Popcorn and a movie with my husband.
An image of a broken window, with a view through to another. Textured rusty siding. Vertical lines. Rectangles within rectangles. Playing with textures. That moment when it all comes together, into more than what it was.
These are my days. Commonplace. Ordinary.
And yet, for each, I am grateful. For the routine and rhythm. My tranquil melody.
Texture Tuesday Processing – Transforming Day into Night
The original image and Photoshop layers palette can be found below.
- Make a copy of the original image and set blend mode to Soft Light for color pop
- Run midtone contrast action
- Add Autumn Burst Texture layer, blend mode=Subtract, Opacity=70%
- Brighten the back windows using a targeted Levels adjustment via a mask
- Darken the reflection in the front windows using a targeted Levels adjustment via a mask
- On a 50% gray layer set to Overlay, use the Dodge tool to lighten highlighted areas
Linking to Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday