Beyond Layers II – day 10 (17/05/12) – giving pictures a painterly look.
Heavier and darker than I used to do last couple of weeks. I’m fond of the light, pastel touch but this time I had to step away from that and choose more significant textures.
Textures can enhance the details and character of a photograph, but they can not make a bad picture look great. Some pictures that basically have “something” but could do with a little extra can benefit from a texture. At least that’s my opinion.
So for this assignment, I dived into my archives looking for such pictures and chose two totally different ones: a land/seascape and a poppy naturescape (I included the “before” pictures at the bottom of this post, for comparison)
1) “Sisters” – Land/seascape
With a human touch. It was taken on the pier of Oostende (Belgium) – the royal seaside city. It took me some time to reach this result, I shifted layers and textures and tones, and finally ended up with this. I felt like a painter, a brush stroke here, adding a little of this and that, there….
Textures: KK’s Finale, multiply 50% | KK’s Hello, multiply 61% to give it some extra darkness around the edges | KK’s Sienna, multiply 66% | Vintage gradient layer at 91%
2) “Dreaming wild” – Poppy naturescape.
This one was taken alongside the road on a hill from a construction area. I liked the way they stood out from the sky, that unfortunately wasn’t very cooperating that day. Nice weather, but monotone sky. It has been waiting a whole year to finally get this texturized sauce.
Textures: KK’s Let go : soft light 100% + multiply 100% + multiply 22% | KK’s Sienna, to give it that painterly structure | KK’s Dream, multiply at 61% for some extra vignetting. I left a trace of the letters here and there just because I liked that.
Thanks for looking and hopefully for liking.