Venetian Blinds

Venetian Blinds

I’m not quite sure what it is about windows and blinds.

But there is something there that attracts my eye. Maybe its the geometry of the repeated pattern – all those lovely lines.  Or as in this example, the pleasing variations within the pattern – the blinds split down the middle, with one side closed, the other partly open.

As I look through my archives, I am struck by the number of images with this subject and theme. Something I didn’t quite realize was there.

I like finding a new thread within my work. Something in which I can delve deeper and explore further.

A theme; a story; a motif – something waiting to be written.

Texture Tuesday Processing

  • Run B&W Beauty action by Pioneer Woman Photography, converting black and white
  • Add the Mary texture-Downton Abbey collection. Desaturate. Set blend mode to Multiply
  • Add the Nitty Gritty texture from Pixel Dust Photo Art, setting blend mode to Overlay
  • Add a Levels adjustment, increasing the highlights and overall image contrast

Below is the original image and the Photoshop layers palette:

Before Image Layers-Palette









Linking with Texture Tuesday, hosted by Kim Klassen

Get ready for the February edition of the Third Thursday Challenge – coming to you on Thursday. What will your challenge be?


Posted on February 19, 2013, in Photoshop and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 37 Comments.

  1. There are such wonderful textures in this, as well as all the lines. The tones really complement the composition too. So do you have blinds in your own home, Brenda? It is an interesting motif.

    • Gina – I have been having a lot of fun with textures lately as well as playing with different toning – so I greatly appreciate your comment. My mother-in-law, who lives with us, does have blinds in her part of the house. And, I have taken some photos of them in the past – they make interesting shadows.

    • Barb – thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of cyberspace and taking the time to comment. I do appreciate it and hope you will stop by again.

  2. Very nice! I like how the texture added a grunge feel to the image.

    • Gracie – thanks so much! I appreciate your visit and your comment very much. I do hope you will stop by again. Yes, even though this image was slightly “grungy” to begin with, the textures added another dimension to the shot.

  3. I too love windows and doors as well. Thanks for showing your processing, visiting from Texture Tuesday….

    • Viv – yes, there is something so entrancing about windows and doors. I hope my processing steps will be beneficial – perhaps inspire you to try something new.

  4. You manage to always give an air of mystery to your shots. You are certainly mastering your textures. This theme takes so well to processing. The mood takes me back to the era and writings of Eudora Welty. Very finely tuned. Smiles: sharon

    • Sharon – yes, that’s me – the lady of mystery! 🙂 I am having a wonderful time playing with textures lately – even more than normal. Thanks for stopping by and lending your voice of support for my work.

  5. Beuatiful processing and I love the variations.

  6. What a beautiful job of processing! Thank you for sharing how you did it. I have so much to learn. Your screen shot helps. I love the finished photo!

    • Sharon – I learn so much from others who share their creativity online – I hope to “pay it forward” just a bit by including my steps. I hope my instructions give you some inspiration to simply play – the best way to learn, after all. Thank you for stopping by and commenting – I greatly appreciate it.

  7. I think there’s a sense of question and mystery to blinds. Always wondering what it is that’s going on on the other side??? Wonderful textures. Well done!

    • Marcie – you are so right – there is that sense of mystery and wonder to windows and blinds. That sense of another world, partially hidden from view – it helps us connect to the lives within.

  8. I love old windows and texture so this image is such a treat to see. Beautiful grittiness and the tones lend themselves to the overall aged look. I notice the horizontal and vertical repeating lines…how subtle and outstanding!

    I also agree with Marcie…”what’s going on on the other side,” but to be really honest, I find myself making assumptions about people’s lives by the condition of their blinds…I worry about them sometimes. I guess I can say this image is an emotional one for me! :o)

    • Suzette – me, too! Love windows and the view they provide into another world. And you aren’t alone about making assumptions – I react in a similar fashion, making judgements based on surface appearances – probably a pretty common reaction. I think we have to take our first assumptions and take the time to look deeper. Glad the image touched you.

  9. Fantastic image. Love how you’ve processed it and all those gorgeous lines.

    • Becs – yes, those lines are definitely what drew me in. I hesitated when I walked by this window – thinking to myself “is this worth a shot?” As oftens happens, the images I figured to be throw-aways end up being the keepers.

  10. Hi Brenda,
    this picture looks like it could be a screen shot from old black and white silent movies form long time ago….like a Charlie Chaplin movie.

    • Gabby – thanks for your interesting comment – I can see how this image would fit into that early black and white world – perhaps we would find Charlie behind those blinds, ready for his next pratfall.

  11. I love the black, white and grey. A haunted house? A mystery?

    • Lisa – I’m sure you could write a wonderful fable to go along with this image. You know you are welcome to claim fable “dibs” on any blog image that sparks your creativity – I’d be happy to send it along. But there is definitely a question behind those blinds, isn’t there?

  12. I love windows (and doors) too. For me, it is the mystery of what is beyond, I think. Always love seeing what you do with windows.

    • Kim – yes, both doors and windows have that sense of mystery – that desire to know what is beyond. I suppose that is a major source of our fascination with them. The questions and possibilities they raise.

  13. I like the processing you’ve used on this. There’s something rather haunting about that blind split down the middle, half open and half closed.

    • Lee – this seems to be a very common reaction to this image – the attraction to the mystery of it. I think we want to know the story that is there. And yes, I was especially attracted to the blinds and that split down the middle. It was the why of it.

  14. Gritty! Windows are fascinating. That you notice something like this one–with the blinds different from each other, shows how observant you are.

    • Anita – You are right. Windows are fascinating, offering infinite variety, reflections and the mystery of the life behind the glass. What could be a better photographic subject?

  15. I found this article whilst looking for other information on venetian blinds however I have to say I am also interested in photography and I like how you have layered the new effect onto the original shot.



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