“FLOWERS WITH TEXTURE”
Why would anybody want to take a perfectly nice photograph of a perfectly nice flower, and add texture to it? Good question. I love texturing as a way to create one-of-a-kind, unique images – especially on subjects that so many people take similar photos of, like flowers. I love the artistic look of a texture on a simple composition; it changes the “feel” of the image. I have long been inspired by photographer Sarah Gardner, who uses beautifully colored textures extensively in her work. I am stretching my own creative process based on that inspiration, and that takes vision, and time, of my own. I decided to choose just one photo (taken today) and add a few different textures. Textures are certainly not for every photo, and I’m working to develop an eye for which ones will work.
Textures can give a painterly feel, or a shabby-chic feel, or even a grungy feel to a photo. They can alter the light in a dramatic manner, or add interest to negative space. Textured edges can pull you in to the center of a photo, like a vignette.
When I first started experimenting with textures, I tried many different kinds, all of them giving a photo a different feel. (read: lots of crazy results) Now I know to try and envision what I want my final image to look like first, and that helps narrow down the choices. Do I want to match the overall color of the texture with the color of the image? What about light and dark? Do I want to match the strength of the texture, for instance a soft texture for flowers? Do I want to use a texture to add interest to a negative space in the image? Do I want just a touch of texture, or a more vibrant, or grungy, look? Do I want to cover the entire image with a texture or just the background, and let the subject stand out more? In other words, what kind of feel…mood….do I want? All things to think about when choosing a texture.
For this photo, I envisioned a texture that was complimentary in both color and strength, adding focus and pop to the one flower in the upper right with light. I did not want the texture to overwhelm the image, but wanted the flower to be “part” of the texture and not completely separate. I reduced the opacity on all the images; some more than others; some I left more texture. Here’s some more tries .. at first glance they don’t look that different from each other, but look closer — you’ll need a bigger picture to see the changes so I suggesting clicking on each. Each has a slightly different feel.
I really love photographing flowers, and sometimes I just want that flower photo to be personal, and unique to me.
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