Saturday, November 26, 2011

Photo Art Friday

A play day for Photo Art Friday, using a photo in our archives that we have never really given our full attention to . . .

Well, this isn't from my archives, actually a photo taken on Friday, but the monotones of the photo was a challenge, nothing seemed to work "just right".  The end result was 1) running the photo through the cut-out filter; 2) a topaz lab filter (colorful) set over the cutout layer at 87% opacity; and 3) Bonnie's Soft Swirls texture, blending mode vivid light @ 100%.
The Friars

Photo Art Friday

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Kim Klassens Texture Tuesday

This week's TT is a "free & easy eDition" using at least one of Kim's textures.

Farewell to Autumn
After applying a slight level adjustment, I used Kim's texture "Paper 1", blending mode on color burn at 47% and topped it of with my favorite, "Ugglovebandw", blending mode on color burn at 100%.

I attempted to use the formula provided by Kim for the hover over so that you could see the original, but apparently I need to work on that!  What I ended up with was the enhanced photo, the original photo and the enhanced photo all lined up in a row.

Original photo
Once again, my thanks to Kim for her generous nature and for providing the opportunity to stretch and experiment!

. . . and thank YOU for taking the time to stop by to view the results of my Texture Tuesday!


Monday, November 21, 2011

Nancy's Texture Challenge

Nancy Donaldson, who introduced me to textures and provided the first texture for me to play with, has created 6+1 new textures for our artistic pleasure and to challenge our imagination!  

As always, give me something to play with, and I can't leave it alone, and I can't quit!  So many textures, so much to play and experiment with . . . and you know what happens?  I can't pick "just one"!
"Niche"/wbottleb texture, exclusion@100%' and W3-WP, darken@100%

Above was a photo taken in Italy of a little altar set into the side of an abandoned farmhouse with old, faded artificial flowers still in it; a perfect backdrop for Nancy's texture "wallpaper".

Below is another photo taken in Italy of touring bikes parked against an old rock wall outside a little restaurant in the rolling hills of Tuscany.
"Touring Bikes"/ ecaustic texture, saturation @100%; and W3-bench, exclusion@100%
Below is a photo I took in an area called the "Boot Heel", which is where New Mexico borders with Arizona and Mexico.  An abandoned church with the sun shining on the cross is what I tried to capture and what I got was a blown-out photo; but Nancy's textures seemed to have been able to give it new life.
"Abandoned Church"/w3, soft light@54%; w3rust, linear burn@38%; and w3_6wtext, color burn@100%
And before I loose you . . .
"Little Hachita"/w3_6w blending mode difference@100%

"Captured in Rock"/w3bench, exclusion@100%; ecaustic (tinted), overlay @100@; and ecaustic, color burn @ 100%
I might quickly add all of Nancy's textures are great.  The "ecaustic" texture has ALWAYS been my favorite (and my first), which I used above, and now I have a new favorite "w3_6wtext" to keep "ecaustic" company.

Although I'm very attracted to the exclusion and/or difference blending modes, I tend to stay away from them, but while playing with Nancy's new textures they seem to have had the greatest appeal and ruled the day.

As always, thank you for stopping by and taking look . . . .