So Still


“So still were the big woods where I sat,
sound might not yet have been born.”

Emily Carr

A cool, green-dappled tunnel. Sunlight filtering through the lush ceiling, the trees welcoming sentinels.  Within the stillness, a curve ahead, beckoning.

This early summer scene from the NJ Grounds for Sculpture is a welcome respite from bone-chilling cold, splashy slush and leaden skies.

A reminder of what is just around the corner.


Texture Tuesday Processing (Photoshop CC)

  • Process the Orton Effect action (Tutorials of this effect can be found here and here.)
  • Reduce the yellow/greens with a saturation adjustment
  • Create a flattened composite layer of the image (ALT-CTRL-Shift-E). Using the Iris Blur filter, further blur the edges of the image to create a dreamy look
  • Add the Return texture, blend mode = Hard Light and opacity = 85%
  • Add an overall levels adjustment to increase contrast, especially in the highlights

Below is the original image and the Photoshop layers palette:










Linking with Texture Tuesday, hosted by Kim Klassen

Dedicated to my friend Shelley who introduced me to the beauty of the Grounds for Sculpture


Posted on February 25, 2014, in Photoshop and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Lovely processing and a great quote too. Thanks for sharing your processing tips.

  2. This needs to be a canvas! So beautiful and soothing! I love your description, it’s as lovely as the image!

  3. Beautiful! You have made me miss trees and forests.

  4. You are full of surprises. Wonderful composition, with the rows of trees and the path leading around a corner.

  5. Love the feel you have created. Fun edit will definitely try this one.

  6. This looks like a beautiful painting, Brenda!

  7. What a beautiful path/road- leading of into the light

  8. very pretty picture. I love the quiet wood

  9. Your original image is lovely, and your processing takes it to another level. What a lovely place to visit. It does look like a painting! Thanks for sharing your processing steps.

  10. Beautiful!

  11. This looks like a canvas. What a wonderful respite for eyes and spirits starved for warmth and greenness!

  12. Oh, my goodness, I thought your name was on someone else’s blog…BUT then I pulled away and thought, no this is Brenda….symmetry, lines, angles….it is all there in nature.

  13. A lovely image accompanied by a compelling quote–altogether a wonderful composition!

  14. What a beautiful image and reminder of spring!

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