Monday, April 21, 2014

Using Textures To Enhance Your Photographs

Do you use photographs to embellish your blog posts?  Do you tweak them in a photo-editing program before you post them?  Bringing in some light, sharpening the image, increasing or decreasing the saturation are common tweaks.  Another way to enhance your photographs is by adding a texture to it.  I make a lot of textures and share them on my other blog, Pixel Dust Photo Art.

For example, the photo below was a rather dreary one to which I added a texture of my own making, did a Levels Adjustment and added the Photoshop Filter called 'Poster Edges'.  Below this image you will see the original photo.

 (you can click on the image to enlarge)

This photograph is SOOC (straight out of camera).  It was a 'drive-by shooting'.  Yes, it was shot through a dirty car window while driving about 30 mph.  Certainly nothing to write home about.  In fact, before I discovered textures I would have deleted this photo. But take a dreary photograph and add a fine art texture and you can create the transformation you saw in the first image. Magic!

Of course, a great photo does not need any enhancement ... unless you want to make a piece of art from it or create a composite using it.  Then applying a texture to a beautiful photo is one of your options.

Here you see three of my recent mini-set texture creations (four textures per set), the same SOOC photo, the transparent texture or overlay that I added to it and the varied results you can achieve using some of the different blend modes from Photoshop. Don't forget to click on the image to enlarge it.  :)

None of the four examples in the above collage have any other Photoshop manipulations applied at this point.  What you see are the photo, the texture applied and blended at 100% opacity.  The first image in this post is an example of what can be done afterwards with more Photoshop manipulations to further embellish your photo.

If you are interested in experimenting with applying textures or overlays to your photographs, do check out my Mini-Sets Texture Shop at my other blog, Pixel Dust Photo Art.  While you can purchase textures in the shop, I do give out free fine art textures on occasion.  You just have to scroll through the blog and you can download them right there.  Enjoy!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Meet Mooji

Meet the loving, non-duality teacher "Mooji".

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Francis Lucille

If you have not yet had the privilege of meeting the brilliant Advaita (non-duality) teacher, Francis Lucille, allow me to introduce you with a few brief videos from Stillness Speaks.  Enjoy.

Moving Forward

close-up views of my painting "Grotto"

Moving Forward

The deep parts of my life pour onward,
as if the river shores were opening out.
It seems that things are more like me now,
That I can see farther into paintings.
I feel closer to what language can't reach.
With my senses, as with birds, I climb
into the windy heaven, out of the oak,
in the ponds broken off from the sky
my falling sinks, as if standing on fishes.


Monday, March 31, 2014

... still studying ...

"Brian Rutenberg Study"  ~  Bonnie Zieman

Having recently discovered the work of Brian Rutenberg, and loving it, I decided to try a painting in a similar style. While I fall far short of the caliber of his work, I still like the result of my effort to paint in a similar abstract landscape style.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

... a few thoughts ...

"Puzzled" by Bonnie Zieman

(click on image for larger view of NY Times Puzzle)

"Were we to love only those without imperfections,
this world would be a desert for our love."

~Thomas Jefferson

"Nothing is more injurious to immediate experience than cognition."

~Carl Jung

"We are dragged along by fate to that inescapable goal
that we might have reached walking upright."

~Carl Jung

Friday, March 7, 2014

... flowering and fading ...

We comprehend
Flowering and fading simultaneously ...

~ Rilke

Life demands for its fulfillment and completion
a balance of joy and sorrow.

~ Carl Jung

Be joyful even though you have considered all the facts.

~ Wendell Berry