Mike, I like both of these.
Mike, I like both of these.
I think this texture works better. I like the trees but finding the optimal texture is a bit challenging.
I agree Uwe--I prefer the second texture. I don't have a large library of textures to draw on so have been on the hunt online to find hi rez textures to use. I now have enough to work with including some of my own--and will layer a few to create some more to suit me. The hardest is finding a texture to work with an images, but I decided that using masks, layers with the textures gives me more latitude to get what I want.
I create often new textures by blending different textures. The texture I used above was a blend of 3 different textures. The new texture is now in my catalog of textures.
It is also important whether you create entire new images using blending of if you blend to enhance a main image. In the tree picture above it was all about improving the sky in the overall picture.
Masks and Layers are indeed the key to satisfying blended images.
I am also thinking of scanning fabrics.
But, my husband is a designer with lots of fabrics stacked in many places. There are some in there that may be worth shooting--hmmmm, we'll see. I don't like repetitive textures much, so will look for more complex weaves that have large repeats along and perhaps mix with some of my more 'random' textures I've shot and accumulated.
>I don't like repetitive textures much
Think of these as an element to blend with other textures.
Big Sur (IR shot blended with texture derived from a fish container)
This is one of my "tree" series bokehgraphs with a couple of textures put on it.
Michael, you are really on the roll now, another good one.
Did you use a neon filter or/and saturisation sliders?
These last few posts have been very nice. I enjoy coming back to the site every so often during the day to see what every one has been up to. there is some really nice work being done here.
Michael - I didn't pursue the idea of merging the bokeh threads with the blends. Instead I had an epiphany when I got my Lensbabies and tilt adapter, and started working on some images. I found myself concentrating on what I could do for a single image, trying to pull out as much as I could from it.
When Mike posted some early Lensbaby stuff in the bokehgraphy thread, he inspired me to get one. From there I decided to learn PS and try some of his other techniques. I now bounce between the bokeh stuff and blends.
The series of three pictures I put up recently are pure single image bokehgraphs with OOF and textures produced by pure mechanical means and LightRoom sliders. I did one variation with texture blending and posted it in the blends thread.
So, in summary, I'm happy to work in either thread. If we brought them together I strongly feel we should differentiate 75% Camera/25%PS, and 25%Camera/75%PS
But I don't think we need to dilute this exciting space with too many threads.
Right now I am experimenting with "digital Hockney joiners" and probably they would deserve a thread of their own - but I don't know if we have enough interested parties to sustain it.
Lots of stuff going on - but that's gooood
Blend of three images, but no textures
It took me while to figure out how to do this stuff in "lowly" Photoshop Elements 6. Probably much easier in CS4.
OMG - what variety of blending stuff we are seeing here. John, was this shot in Las Vegas . . . ;-) ?
Re CS4 - uphill learning curve, but if you have mastered Elements, shouldn't be too bad. I've found one of the best on-line training sites to be Lynda.com, but you have to pay.
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There are times when blends work well but you can't figure out a way to get a texture on the top - like this one, it's got enough texture anyway.
When Mike found the Bokeh thread he pointed out that those drastically OOF images could benefit by some sharp texture on the top - and he is right.
"Everglades" is a blend made from sharp images to start with.
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I've been driving by an apple orchard near my home and noticing that one whole section had been left for the winter with some apples still on the trees. I finally got around to stopping and trekking through the snow to get some photos.
This is with the G1, 14-45mm. Two textures. I call it "Left on the Trees"
+1 for "Left on the Trees"
San Juan Bautista Mission in two variations:
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My second attempt at this one - the first is at the beginning of this thread, and was done before I took my PS lessons
Many lives were lost in the bay just near here - this is one of the Memorials.
San Juan Bautista Jail