Embracing the Negative
Accidents happen. Sometimes they are happy accidents, where the results provide that “omigosh – will you look at that!” response. This image is a lucky fluke.
It was New Year’s Eve. The day was cold, damp and gray. I decided to investigate a new walking trail at the local park. I followed the path, surrounded on both sides by a chaotic tangle of brush and brambles. Nature’s palette was composed of myriad shades of dull brown and gray. Everything slumbered; frozen in winter hibernation. The sun remained hidden behind pale gray skies.
For some reason, I looked up. And was struck by the lacy pattern of delicate branches and leaves against the gunmetal sky. I snapped several shots.
As I performed my normal edits in Photoshop, I decided to convert the image to black and white. Applying a gradient map adjustment, the image was transformed into white branches against a midnight black sky – a negative of the original. (I failed to notice that my default colors were reversed from the normal setting.)
The thing is – I loved this negative version. To me, it was so much more striking and powerful, white against black. Turned inside out to its opposite. Finished off with an application of Kim’s latest texture, “Embrace” and the results are the image above.
There is a lesson here – about playing, experimenting, embracing the negative. Of turning a gray day into something more.
Texture Tuesday Processing
The layers palette and original image are below.
- Add a levels adjustment to increase contrast
- Add a gradient map adjustment to convert the image to reverse black and white
- Add the Embrace texture, transforming and rotating to fit. Desaturate to grayscale. Set blend mode to Vivid Light, opacity to 35%
Linking with Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday