A Winter Tribute
“Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery –
it’s the sincerest form of learning.”
George Bernard Shaw
I hope it’s true – about imitation being flattery – because this one is for Kat, of Kat Eye Studio. Her textured “Treescapes” series directly influenced the creation of this piece. Witnessing her journey with the trees has been both an inspiration and a lesson in creativity.
But this image also takes me back to my photographic roots. A time when my photo walks were exactly that – I walked out my front door and searched for beauty within a two mile radius of my suburban home. In those days, nature, not architecture, was my primary subject.
And on this day, I did it again. Bundled up against the winter chill and walked down my street, marveling at the pillows of snow blanketing every tree branch. The transformation was wondrous. There was nothing to do but turn my lens upward.
So here I am – coming ’round full circle, to where it all began. A different photographer now than I was then, true. But still learning; finding new-old ways of capturing beauty.
Texture Tuesday Processing (Photoshop CC)
Convert to black and white using the Pioneer Woman Photography B&W Beauty action
- Add the Quest texture, blend mode = Subtract
- Add a Levels adjustment to bring out the highlights
- Add the Return texture, blend mode = Overlay
- Add a Deep Emerald Photo Filter adjustment, clipped to the texture layer below, to bring out the green tones
- Add one of my digital textures, blend mode = Multiply
- Add an overall Levels adjustment to increase the contrast
Below is the original image and the Photoshop layers palette: