I’m actually a bit late with my post this week! It’s been a busy one. I very nearly used this image for last week’s Travel Theme: Simplify, as the photo was taken in a busy park with numerous distractions in the background that I’d needed to eliminate. I decided to do this using several textured masking layers in Photoshop, to draw the viewers focus back to the endearing portrait of the girl with her young puppy.
You can create your own textures to use in this way simply by photographing interesting textured scenes or objects. Rocks, fabrics, bricks and handmade paper are all great for this! There are a number of websites offering free texture downloads for personal and commercial use and right here on WordPress you can visit Public Domain Textures for a wide selection to choose from. Thank you to Leanne Cole for introducing me to the blog, for which she is a regular contributor!
On May Bank Holiday Monday we had a family day out at Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent. What a fantastic place! The River Len runs through the park with a dam that creates a large lake. The lake is surrounded by about 450 acres of park and woodland gardens.
There’s also a miniature railway within the park that runs on Sunday afternoons and Bank Holidays. It was a great treat for the children! They probably could have sat by the rails all day, watching the trains come round and waving to the drivers. This photo I took of them made me think of The Railway Children! Life is full of simple pleasures 🙂