Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Summer of Color 2013 - Charcoal and Light Pink

I've been participating in a six-week challenge called Summer of Color 2013: Artist's Choice...

This week is charcoal and pink...

After work, I saw the clouds coming in to cover the sun, eventually bring rain... I love to  take photos of flowers in diffused light at times.  I had no intention of photographing something for the challenge.  Just to take some photos of flowers in my yard.  Especially since I spied the first sunflower of the summer starting to open (you'll see that in another post).


But without intention when I took the original photo, I started playing around with an image...finding just the right quote...that made my heart sing!   It was like a gift.  It is not always easy to keep up faithfully with these photo challenges when one works full-time.  It WAS a gift.

I took the photo and made some minor edits in Lightroom, then sent it to Photoshop Elements for further edits.  I then added a black and white gradient map adjustment layer.  Using the quick selection tool, I selected the flower. I took a soft round brush, 18% opacity, and masked off the flower.  Added a grungy texture from Shadowhouse Creations.  The quote is by Alfred Stieglitz.


Here is the original photo...

Hope you love this unexpected gift as much as I do.

11 comments:

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  2. I meant to say it was a beautiful transformation, made a spelling mistake, tried to correct it and deleted the comment. Happy to say you're creativity is at a much higher level than my commenting skills tonight.

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  3. I've been shooting and editing Morning Glories all week. I love what you've done with yours - so pretty!

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  4. Fantastic Denise so romantic and subtle

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  5. Love how this turned out and the quote is perfect. Great job!

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  6. OH, I do love it! This needs to be on a canvas!

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  7. lovely selective coloring Denise

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  8. Wow! Truly an artful transformation. I can tell you had fun...and that makes it even better.

    xoxo

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  10. This is a beautiful piece. Thank you for the step-through. I'm not a photographer, and I'm still trying to learn all the ins and outs of Photoshop and GIMP-v2.

    (I thought I recognized the blog name when I saw it on FB. I see I was correct. Moment by moment, they are great indeed.)

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  11. I really struggled with this combination, but love what you did with the photo.

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