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.

green paint texture

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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