Linking up again with Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday link party. Today’s theme was any photo with a pop of color. On this grey winter day, I immediately thought of flowers. I took this photograph last month while in Florida. While the photo is striking on its own without any texture, I couldn’t resist using it for this week’s Texture Tuesday submission. Not with that POP of gorgeous yellow!
My post-processing “recipe”:
Did slight adjustment to color balance in ACR. Brought into Elements; cropped photo and did a few adjustments to “shine” a little more light on the bloom. Added two of Kim’s textures with blending mode of Soft Light — Awaken and PlasterSquared2. Masked the center of the flower to remove those textures. I added two textures to create the frame — PlasterSquared2 and Sunkissed. Placed these behind the photograph so that only the parts “framing” the original image were visible. Merged all layers and then added Kim’s texture Sonnet_2 over the entire image. I copied the textured layer, changed blending mode to Multiply and then removed the portion of the texture over the image. I thought I was done, but I wasn’t satisfied with the yellow color, so I brought the image into Snapseed and using a control point over the center of the bloom, I increased the saturation.
What I like about this image:
I like the close crop on the flower. Close-ups of flowers always reveal something intriguing. Since I cropped the original image closely, I introduced a little bit of noise in enlarging the image. The textures added, though, minimize this distraction. I also like that “Awaken” has a few musical notes in the corners of the texture. This blends well with “Sonnet” and together the effect was my inspiration for my title: Lyrical Orchid.