Tuesday, February 1, 2011

standing tall

columbus tower

My fellow muses, I cannot tell a lie.  I came kicking and screaming into doing textures.  I love taking photos, I love the stories they can tell - when I get them right, that is - and I love messing around in Photoshop to get the look I want.  I even have added Photoshop noise/grain to get a vintage look from time to time.  But I couldn't get my head around the need for textures.  I certainly have seen some beautiful things done with it, some by the muses themselves, but I snootily decided that textures weren't for me.

But now?  I am a convert.  I love them.  Sign me up, I'm born again.  They can enhance a photo in a whole new way and I'm more than happy to eat my words.  The Columbus Tower in San Francisco is a distinctive copper green flatiron building - perfect for photography.  But the sky was uninteresting and the light not quite right.  The vintage canvas texture from Shadowhouse Creations (SkeletalMess on Flickr) was just the ticket.

And although I'm sure drdesign's sooc photo was lovely, the added texture takes it to a new level.  I loved the feeling of the subject almost whimsically standing at attention center stage, similar to mine.

Thanks for the amazing photos this week - you helped convert me into a lover of texture!

cheers,
mosey of mosey along

October 10, 2010
October 10, 2010 by drdesigns

20 comments:

blue elephant photography said...

oooh i love the feel that building gives. so old world. and i love this beach photo and the light. sunny and i just want to walk barefooted!

maureen said...

hello? have you met me? I'm a texture-holic. I love how you've used texture with your photo, it's a perfect choice. Welcome aboard the texture train. :)
Doris' photo is a gorgeous example of simple but stunning use of texture.

Life with Kaishon said...

I have never tried them yet. These images you have shown sure are pretty though. Just as lovely as can be!

Kirstin said...

Oh KIm, how these texture really adds some magic to both of these pictures. I'll look forward to seeing more of your texture work!

Marty said...

I was late getting on board with the whole texture thing, too. Does anyone else look at their earlier uses and cringe just a little? My hand has gotten less heavy over time and I hope to do work as lovely as these two are as I keep at :-)

drdesigns said...

Thank you for featuring my image today! I'm thrilled that it has been so well received. There's a link in the description on flickr that will take you to the SOOC image.

The photo of the Columbus Tower in SF is beautiful.

urban muser said...

both of these photos are a gorgeous use of textures! so perfect.

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

Welcome to the addictive world of textures! This is fantastic. I want to see more. xo tam

Lianne said...

I haven't figured out textures yet but I love these photos!!!!

Ashley Sisk said...

For someone that didn't previously like textures you definitely rocked it out and I love what you've done. After Tammy's piece on creating textures, I found myself bringing toilet paper back to my desk that I thought might be interesting. These images are gorgeous!

gina said...

Wonderful pair of images!

Megan Belcher said...

These are beautiful!

Kat Sloma said...

Happy to have you join us in the world of textures! :)

Beth Crocker said...

I love Shadowhouse! Jerry is so creative, & even more generous!

Anna said...

A wonderful use of textures on these two photos! While textures aren't for every photo, they can certainly be an artistic addition to many pieces.

Jerry Jones said...

Wonderful use of textures.
The Columbus Tower is gorgeous, love those tones.

Thanks kindly for the plug and mention.


Peace

elizabeth said...

Wow - that photo of the beach is amazing - I'm still on the fence with textures but you are making me change my mind

Oliag said...

I've just begun learning about textures too and I agree that they can be overdone at times....These are both gorgeous though! Very moody.

April said...

I snootily decided there weren't for me either! hehe, you are too funny! You did such a wonderful job and I love Doris's picture as well!!!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

What a gorgeous shot of the tower. Love the perspective and that texture is one of my favs. The coastal shot is lovely also. The colors are beautiful!

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