Foggy Morning Rooftop
The weather forecast predicted a bright, sunny morning. The sun was set to rise at 6:06 am. I headed out at 6:30 expecting to catch some golden light. Instead, I was treated to fog – a rather uncommon weather condition in my part of the world.
And because of its relative rarity, I have little experience with its atmospheric effects. I had to figure out what to do with it.
I took the requisite images of tall buildings disappearing into the mist. I climbed to the top of my favorite parking deck, hoping the city-wide vista, covered in low-hanging clouds, would inspire.
But it was this image that captured my fancy – the roofline of the Ida Saxton McKinley Historic Home, part of the First Ladies National Historic Site. Converted to black and white, with textures enhancing the shroud of mist, the Victorian architecture called to mind London or what I imagine that city to look like on a gray English spring morning.
And I was transported – to another place, another time.
Amazing what a little mist and a little imagination can do.
Texture Tuesday Processing (Photoshop CS6)
- Process my mid-tone contrast action to bring out the textures
- Process my Soft Contrast BW action (see steps below)
- Add the Cora Texture and desaturate. Set the blend mode to Multiply
- Add the Grunged Up Texture and desaturate. Set the blend mode to Multiply
- Add a Levels adjustment to increase the overall contrast, lightening the mid-tones
Soft Contrast BW Action
- Copy the background layer
- Add a Black and White adjustment layer above the original background layer, accepting the default settings
- Activate the “Background copy” layer and desaturate (CTRL + Shift +U). Layer>Smart Objects>Convert to Smart Object. From the Filter Menu, select the Gaussian Blur filter. Set the Radius to 40 pixels and click OK. For this layer, set the blend mode to Hard Light and the opacity to 80% (Note: the blur settings, blend mode and opacity can all be adjusted to taste, depending upon your image.)
- Add a levels adjustment above the “Background copy” layer and clip to that layer. Adjust the sliders to increase or decrease contrast as desired.
Below is the Photoshop layers palette and the original image:
Linking with Texture Tuesday, Free and Easy edition, hosted by Kim Klassen