Over at Pixel Dust Studios, Bonnie invited us to share our "go to" editing techniques for this week's PhotoArt Friday. Today's images all use PDPA textures: artists easel, cherish, and old master dust. (You can click on the photos to view on flickr for information on which one is which.) Since beginning to work with textures, I've found these painterly type textures of Bonnie's to work really well on landcapes. It is like magic every time I start playing with the blending modes. In each of these, I found that the hard light blending mode worked the best.
From an editing standpoint, in addition to the textures I also utilized some of my favorite techniques such as adding a bit of gaussian blur and blending in either soft light or overlay mode, and adding vignetting around the edges. I'm learning a bit more about how to edit in Adobe Camera Raw and this morning I discovered the "landscape" camera mode adjustment, which gave me more of what I was looking for. Also in Camera Raw, I adjusted the white balance to cloudy, turned the clarity dial all the way up, and just generally played around until I found something I liked. In Photoshop I'm also a big fan of the multiply blend mode, and it was applied in these photos as well.
As you can see all these images are fences from a foggy morning photowalk. Say that three times fast! How about photoart fences from a foggy morning photowalk? I'm multi-tasking again as it is also fence friday over at flickr. Now, let's try saying photoart fences from a foggy morning photowalk for flickr fence friday! Ok, after a week of 10 hour workdays on top of working 2-3 hours a day on this blog thing, I'm feeling a bit punchy.
But, it is true that fences and fog are becoming a recurring theme in my work. Then there's the birds and the moon, which seem to make their way into my creations. I'm trying to control myself and not overdo it, but others have noticed a signature style emerging here.
It has been interesting to watch this all unfold and see what I'm drawn to as well as what creates a response in others. Quite often what I like and what other's seem to like about my work don't match up, and trying to understand why has really helped me with composition, what appeals to the viewer, and why.
And finally there's the whole photowalk thing. Remember the good old days when I used to post photos from my daily walk? Shots of nature and the world around me have also been a theme in my work. Well I haven't been doing that. In fact, the photos you see today are from my last photowalk, which was on November 5th! My neighbors probably think I've died.
Bella over at 52 Photos asked us today when was the last time we'd taken just a simple 30 minute photowalk just because. Busted! Well, now you know my answer to that question.
Deborah Tisch reminded me today in her blog why it is so important that I not let this practice fall by the wayside, even when there is too much life to fit into one day. I'm still working on how to balance my photography with the day job and the rest of life's demands. But, that's a discussion for another day. Right now, I'm grabbing my camera and talking a walk.
Have a great weekend!