Sometimes I think this whole photography thing would be much easier if there was just one simple formula for creating a good image; something you could memorize and apply each time you picked up the camera.
A special photographic algebra – if you have the value of “a”, everything would be in balance. Rules and formulas appeal to me – “if you do a, followed by b, the result will be c”. There is something extremely satisfying about knowing there is a single correct answer.
But then, even as I wish for that secret formula, I also understand that art doesn’t follow a recipe. While we can continuously improve our technical skills and knowledge, in the end, the resulting image is some strange alchemy of skill and art and vision and creativity. A product of noticing. Of seeing the world in our own unique way. Of experimenting and exploring. Of trying and then trying again.
I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Texture Tuesday Processing
- In Adobe Camera Raw, apply the Coffeshop Blog Scorched Honey Preset
- Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment, lowering the saturation of the yellows in the image
- Process my midtone contrast action to increase the texture and sharpness of the trees
- Add the formula image, transforming to fit the space. Set blend mode to Color Burn and opacity to 40%
- Add the Stained Linen texture, blend mode set to Multiply
- Add the Vintage Vellum texture from Pixel Dust, blend mode set to Soft Light
- Add a Levels adjustment, increasing overall contrast, especially in the highlights
Below are the original image and the Photoshop layers palette:
Linking with Texture Tuesday, hosted by Kim Klassen