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Hydrangea and Texture

Posted by
Barbara Kile (Ft. Worth, United States) on 1 December 2011 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

I hope you will allow me to 'play' around a bit. I've seen some different texture work by a couple of artists and I have some new textures to play with so I'm experimenting with different blending modes and opacities and more textures on an image. The goal here is to reveal the image through the texture to whatever degree I choose, using selective focus and selective sharpening. This really is about the texture and a more artsy look. When you change the blending modes and opacities you sometimes are surprised with the result - lots of options!

2 textures used here at varying opacities, one using multiply and one hard light.

Feel free to give your feedback on the look. I'll be 'mixing it up' a bit in the days ahead as I play in my sandbox! :)

NIKON D300 1/10 second F/11.0 ISO 200 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful "painted" texture. I love blue flowers, especially hydrangea's!

1 Dec 2011 5:32am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

encore une très belle réalisation !!! j'aime la couleur !

1 Dec 2011 9:27am

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

Great!! .... As usual!

1 Dec 2011 11:15am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Beautiful shot !

1 Dec 2011 12:55pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

I think the texture in this one overpowers the image....IMHO! ;-)

1 Dec 2011 1:31pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

bonitas texturas!

1 Dec 2011 4:39pm

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Glad you have found something to experiment with. I love the colors here, and the texture, as well as the flower photo. The combination needs something different, but I'm not sure what. I look forward to your continued experiments!

1 Dec 2011 9:02pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

very interesting. nicely done

2 Dec 2011 12:49am

karla from Omaha, United States

Welcome back! This and the previous are very nice surprises indeed! I like this textural image very much, including the way the colors change. I can see what you are trying here and like its painterly effect.

2 Dec 2011 2:01am

johbont from rotterdam, Netherlands

well colored

2 Dec 2011 6:33am

janina from Melbourne, Australia

Hydrangea lend to texture-work. Of course, a painted canvas! I like this! Lots of light and detail in leaves and petals. :O)

2 Dec 2011 11:05am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal


2 Dec 2011 3:03pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

This looks like a really fun way to play around! I like the soft show of the hydrangea here- almost like it is trying to find the courage to come out of the painting....Beautiful!

2 Dec 2011 11:15pm

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Fantastic creation and the color blue is exactly how I remember hydrangea to be. You do a great job with these textures, I tried it a couple of times but we don't get along together ;)

3 Dec 2011 3:31am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Regretfully gone (?) The hydrangea seems to be something we remember somewhere, tucked in a pocket of our mind last summer. I can tell you that they prevail in their old shape....dried to a dirty red, but still heads up in the bushes, while the leaves are turning yellow.
Yours here is a Memory to a hot long summer.....

3 Dec 2011 6:25am

Mike from California, United States

Barbara, I like the look you've created here giving this image a "painterly" look with the soft color and textures. Glad to see you posting again.

3 Dec 2011 7:42pm

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Una imagen que transmite una suavidad exquisita.Muy bien hecho.

4 Dec 2011 1:51pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Bravo, experiment away !! More power (and creativity) to you!
When I opened the shot I thought, "what tenderness." And then I did wonder if there would be more emphasis on the flower if you "erased" out a degree of the texture on some of the petals---since you asked. ;-)
(P.S. It is hard not to feel slightly apologetic when we are producing work that departs from the norm and stirs people up a little. Sometimes, I have to grit my teeth and just push the "post" button and hope for the best. Go for it, Barbara!)

4 Dec 2011 7:43pm

@DULCIE: Thanks, Dulcie. With some of the blending modes, painting off darkens an object too much. It becomes complicated. To your comment about emphasis on the flower - I wonder if flipping the texture would help there. But.... I come to my computer, 'play' for 45 minutes to an hour - and if I come away with something I like, fine. If not, I play another time! There's more of a learning curve here than what I have done in the past. Just playin........ and posting some of the results! :)

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

You've changed something, here. Tthe center of the flower comes forward. This is smashing !! :-)

5 Dec 2011 6:28am

@DULCIE: No, actually no changes to this one. However, I did indeed flip the texture layer and got a very nice result which helps the visibility of the flower at the top. I'll post that one soon and let you see the difference. Fun to experiment! Thanks! :)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Oh, yeah, play on!

8 Dec 2011 3:53am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

I really like how this looks like a painting. Most people who do not use textures (like me) probably do not realize how much creativity is involved in creating this look. Thanks for sharing a bit of your process.

9 Dec 2011 11:07am

1/10 second
ISO 200
157 mm (35mm equiv.)