I haven’t done a straight floral image with texture overlay for quite some time. I was first introduced to, and learned, the process many years back by creative photographer Denise Ippolito. Denise travels the world leading photo workshops and creative processing seminars. She also has numerous DVD’s that are available on creative techniques. Needless to say she has had a strong influence on the direction of my images. Look her up online or on social media. It’ll be worth your time. I have been fortunate to go on to teaching several classes on the texture overlay process myself, and it’s always rewarding to see what the classes will come up with.
As I said though, I haven’t done one of these for quite some time. While preparing some flower files recently , one orchid image got me to thinking of doing an overlay. Now, the general, process usually goes something like this. I have an image and I see, in my mind, a finished textured image. I’ll then begin the processing steps to bring that mental image to life, prepping the original image, choosing a texture overlay, masking, and tweaking as I go. Sometimes though, as I go through those steps, the processing itself will start to tell me where it wants to go. Such was the case with this image.
I had this image of a pastel pink orchid that I saw in my mind with a soft flowing pastel overlay. As I tried several textures that seemed soft and pleasing, I just couldn’t come up with a color combination, or feel that pleased me, let alone fit the end result I wanted. One texture had a vein of grayish monotone flowing through it. As I looked at the image with that overlay, that’s when the processing started talking to me. It was calling for black and white texture.
I searched my texture library and found one that resembled a black and white rubbing. I laid it over the orchid and did a bunch of adjusting. I liked the feel, but the pink orchid, and black and white texture just weren’t quite right together for this presentation. The processing had told me that I needed to go with little to no color for a texture, so I felt I needed to take the next step and go all gray tones. I converted the original orchid file to black and white and applied the new black and white rubbing texture. The image began to come alive.
After much adjusting and masking, along with generous dodging and burning, I arrived at the image you see above. You will need to decide for yourself whether you like it or not. It does seem to me though that this is where the processing wanted me to go. It just felt right.
So my message today would be don’t be afraid to let the processing, or image itself, talk to you and tell you where it wants to go. Don’t be so driven in your thoughts as to not hear what may be a viable alternative. It’s at least worth a look. Don’t ya think?
Please share this post with others to help get more thoughts and possibly some discussion. It’s always obvious that tastes in images vary wildly and that’s a great thing. It’s always fun to also share with you what I’m up to. Till next time, take care and as Denise always told me, be creative.
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