Sometimes it is fun to alter your perspective. Looking left, right, up, or down can give you a new appreciation for the beauty in your immediate surroundings. So I’m beginning a Photo Series featuring ordinary scenes from my everyday life. I want to document this time in my life and add a little mystery to the ordinary.
The first subject is a grouping of pines on a small hill near my home. Usually I ignore them. But yesterday I saw the contrast between the size of the young and old pines, and the bit of autumn color breaking up the expanse of green. The sky was vivid blue. Working in Photoshop, I saw the photo looked good. But I wanted to add more character.
- First, I ran Pioneer Woman’s ‘Lovely and Ethereal’ action, then cropped to square.
- Next, I layered three textures from Shadowhouse Creations and set each to a different blend mode; soft light, multiply, and color dodge.
- Finally, I adjusted one of the texture layers to 50% opacity.
There is no specific formula for working with textures. It is all about layering, blending, and sometimes masking until you find a look that is pleasing.