Day 263 – Simple Lines and Texture

The simple lines of the lights against the texture of the brick create a simple elegance. I processed this photo in Photoshop CS5 using HDR Toning to accent the detail.

Day 206 – Poplar Leaves

I like to look up at the leaves of the trees, so I can see them with the sky as the background. Looking at the leaves from the underside exposes a different texture, the backside of the leaves usually have ridges and veins that branch out and become smaller and smaller as they near the edges of the leaf. The problem is if you expose for the leaf, you blow out the colors of the sky, creating an almost white background which I feel detracts from the leaves. In the photo above, I played with the filters in Photoshop CS5. I used the colored pencil filter on a new layer, then inveresed (spelling) the image, creating an image that looks like a pencil drawing.

Day 193 – Black and White Grunge Portrait

Bummer, I missed a post yesterday! It totally slipped my mind. We attended a meeting and on the way home I made a mental note to get the camera out. When we arrived at the house, I turned on the MLB All-Star Game, then sat down to watch. After watching a while, I grew tired, then retired to my comfortable bed and was out like a light. I awoke from a deep sleep, panicking, “oh no, I didn’t post a photo!” Oh well… For today’s photo, I wanted to compare an effect from On One’s Perfect Frame 4.6. I shot the photo, processed in Lightroom 4 as a black and white photo and then exported to Photoshop CS5. The first picture I added a black outline by extending the canvas. For the second photo, I added an effect called, “Aged Wood” from Perfect Frame 4.6. The dark frame adds a grungy, dramatic, and mysterious feel, by adding to the shadows, it leaves more to the imagination.   I feel bad that I missed yesterday’s post, I will try to keep on track the rest of the way!