playing a bit

Life must be lived as play. ~ Plato

Every once in a while I enjoy looking back at images in the archive. I thought it would be fun to play with Flypaper Textures on some old favorites. I think it’s useful to examine old images from an emotional distance. I often tell students that the best time to edit is at least a month from the time you made the images. Yes, we all have to look at them as soon as possible…but don’t throw them away for at least a month or more. When the emotional energy/heat has faded we can begin to see our images much more objectively. It doesn’t matter how far we had to climb or how long we had to wait or what light we had to battle…the image must stand on its own merit.

That may sound strange coming from me in a post about texturing and layers. After all, it is image manipulation. But here’s the caveat: a bad image will not make a great textured image. Start with a good photograph and then enhance the image in a way that amplifies a concept you are trying to communicate. When I am photographing I am always thinking about communicating what intrigued me, what made me care enough to stop and create images. Then, if the image can be enhanced with textures or layers, then I think about those qualities again. Perhaps I felt a somber mood or a mysterious brooding atmosphere. Maybe I just felt the image was going to be painterly and planned right then to add textures. Its likely that if that was the case, I photographed in order to support that intention.

Here are some old favorites re-invisioned. I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave a comment if you want to learn more about using textures and layers. Have fun with your images (and CLICK MY BUTTON….over there on the right…for Flypaper Textures)!

3 Responses to “playing a bit”

  1. 1 honey
    January 10, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    how perfect to say that textures cannot “make” the image. starting with the good image is a good idea, and oh how you did, you did, you did. i have always LOVED those yellow leaves with white trunk and have it on my desk from being the lucky recipient of it on a postal missive. YOU inspire me to envision my own work with textures. actually…you inspire me period!

    loved the post and the play.

    • January 10, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      Honey! I’m so glad you enjoyed these images! I’ve been having fun for a few hours. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Thinking of trees and windows now….and a Beehive of activity! oxoxox k

  2. January 10, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    The pictures are super. The pre-dawns and the birch tree are my favorites!! 🙂 I don’t know anything about textures. As a journalist I think documentary, no manipulations at all. But, I have seen some very interesting effects lately and would like to try. But were to start. I don’t even know the meaning of flypaper, but after looking I guess it is textures used in layers..? I have CS5 but never used it since I got Lightroom..

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