We've had a few days of sunshine this month, which I've tried to take advantage of even though it's it's been very chilly. Chilly is a relative term, of course, depending on where you live, but I lived in the Los Angeles area for 56 years before moving to the Portland (Oregon) area, so to me, daytime temperatures in the 30s might as well be below freezing :-) But bundled in my new eggplant down coat, out I went the other day and took some photos of some of the trees in my neighborhood that are already starting to show buds!
Textures :: Evolve (soft light 40%) and Storm (soft light 50%) by Kim Klassen
This week's Texture Tuesday theme over at the Kim Klassen Cafe is the the word "Open". I am very interested in the technique of digital compositing, and decided to combine a photo I took a few days ago (on one of those sunny days) with one I took a couple of years ago in March, to try to illustrate this week's theme.
One of my inspirations for compositing is Julieanne Kost, Adobe's Senior Digital Imaging Evangelist. Julieanne is a artist and photographer, and also produces a series of video tutorials for Adobe, called The Complete Picture, which teach Photoshop and Lightroom from an artistic perspective as well as a technical one.
Julieanne's tutorials cover a vast range of techniques in Photoshop and Lightroom, but my favorites are, of course, the ones about compositing, Drifting, Twilight, Isostacy, and Hindsight. I have watched these and many of the other videos over and over again, to try to absorb the information!
Here are the two sooc photos that I used to create my composite. Hopefully I have accomplished my goal of illustrating the concept that in a few weeks, these fuzzy little buds will be opening into beautiful pink blooms!
First (Background) Layer
I took Screen Shots of the various steps involved, but there are too many to post here! I am going to try to create a separate page and post them there. So just in case you're interested, check back in a day or two, and maybe I'll have figured it out :-)
P.S. Hello to all my Beyond Layers classmates! I can't wait until tomorrow, can you? Unfortunately, I have a doctor's appointment in town at 11, so probably won't have time to check my email until I get home :-( I wonder what treat of the Photoshop kind Kim has in store for us???!!!