This space has witnessed the start of many new photographic interests and subjects. I have experienced that frisson of excitement, that discovery of something “new”, many times.
But many of these passions have also been short-lived. After that initial flurry of all-encompassing activity, I seem to run out of gas. At that point, I don’t know where to go next. My creative plateau is littered with abandoned projects.
I don’t in any way regret these bursts of activity – each one expands my skills and feeds my creative soul.
But I would like to push myself beyond – to climb a little higher, dig a little deeper. To stick with it, even when it is no longer quite so easy.
The same pattern happened with my recent “Window Dreams” series. After the initial burst of creativity, I was stuck. The subsequent pieces I created didn’t offer anything new but were simply repetitions of what had already been done.
But then this artwork came together – and I knew I had climbed just a little bit higher. Maybe not off the plateau, but a step or two further up the mountain.
I do like the air up here.
Texture Tuesday Processing (Photoshop CC)
- Mask the arch, separating it from its background. Add the arch as a layer to the main image, applying the mask. Position at the top of the grass ridge and size to fit. Select the grass along the top of the ridge and use the “Refine Edge” feature to fine-tune the selection. Create a mask for the arch so that it appears to nestle in the grass.
- Process my Surreal Painting action which applies an oil painting effect to the image:
- Create a combined image layer (Alt-Ctrl-Shft-E). Repeat so that you have two combined image layers. Convert each to a smart object.
- Using the first smart object layer, apply the Median Filter (Filter>Noise>Median) with a Radius value of 25 pixels
- Apply the Median Filter again with the same settings
- On the second smart object layer, apply the High Pass Filter (Filter>Other>High Pass) with a Radius value of 7 pixels
- Group the two layers, naming the group “Surreal Painting”
- For this particular image, lower the opacity of the group to 80%
- Add the Isobel texture, blend mode = Multiply
- Add a Levels adjustment to increase overall contrast, especially in the highlights
Below are the original images and the Photoshop layers palette:
Linking with Texture Tuesday, hosted by Kim Klassen
Note: I don’t remember where I found the “surreal painting” tutorial so I am unable to give credit to the original author.