I’m actually judging ShareMondays this week so my image is only being entered into the Fotospeed challenge this week. I’m still keeping the ShareMondays title up there though as this piece was created very much in the spirit of our Twitter togs challenge. It’s really all about connecting photographers, generating discussion and inspiration. It’s for the love of art!
I spent a fantastic day with my godchild, Quinn, last week, sharing our love of creativity and photographic art. They’re currently doing an art project at school based on patterns in nature. It’s something I know we’ll explore more at RHS Wisley Gardens soon, but I thought we could try a “rainy day” project and create our own, imagined, cosmic patterns. For our subject we used milk, cornflower, food colouring, inks and a couple of straws to create the swirling patterns we wanted.
Our results really spoke to the science-fiction fan in me and I decided to take a couple of the base images a step further with two 3D rendered spheres as planets. I added some light effects in overlays for stars and bands of particles spiralling out from the planets. This one’s for you Quinn! Keep creating, keep seeing the cosmically-beautiful in the small and simple things x
It’s Sunday night, you’ve not had any camera time during the week due to illness, how do you produce an image for the following day? Decaying leaves and a scanner! These are from the sycamore tree that sits just out the front of our flats.
I thought I would try to do something creative, with processing, to help inspire my godchild, Quinn, who has an art project on patterns in nature. I had a bit of fun taking the natural patterns and then cutting them together in strips to create a new pattern. This next one is the most stylized, looking almost like a tile.
The fallen leaves are losing their colour as they rot down into a mulch on the ground. There are lots of creatures feeding on them already, particularly slugs and snails. I brushed and washed off the leaves before scanning them! I think my hubby would have had something to say to me if I’d left any slugs crawling around the bedroom.
There are two definitions of the word Scale that I am representing within my galleries today.
The first is to do with proportion and representation: Scale: Noun
The ratio between the size of something real and that of a model or representation of it.
The beautiful Indian Leafwing
The second is what you will find in the close-up Details: In Zoology.
a) one of the thin, flat, horny plates forming the covering of certain animals, as snakes, lizards, and pangolins.
b) one of the hard, bony or dentinal plates, either flat or denticulate, forming the covering of certain other animals, as fishes.
It’s the final week for January’s One Four Challenge from Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me. I’ve loved working with this Dahlia image this month and I’ve really enjoyed all your great feedback. I thought I would carry on working with the flower in a classic design theme inspired a bit by last week’s image and all the comments I received. My thoughts behind these designs were vintage fabric prints. This week I’ve kept the colour but made the overall look softer and subtle.
Photoshop CC Select flower using polygonal lasso tool Refine Edge Fill Background Black Select Black Pixels Refine Edge Layer via copy Apply Radial Zoom Blur to both layers Copy Background Layer and add Radial Swirl Overlay Blending 20% Merge and Flatten Add an Invert Adjustment Layer Difference Blending Flatten Image
Greater Than Gatsby Sentimental Colour Base Sky Harbour 20% Bright Pink Burst top left 90% Soft Lavender Burst bottom right 75% Eloise 30% Paddington 20% Moody Brush applied to flower centre Bright Contrast 30% Brooklyn Theatre Fire 60% Merge and Flatten Painterly Soft Flatten Image
Open Paisley Texture Image Apply Hue/Saturation Adjustment Apply Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Flatten Image Add Texture Overlay to Flower Create several copies of the flower Transform size and opacity and place flowers diagonally across image Merge with Multiply, Soft Light and Normal Blending GTG Tuscan Vingnette 60%
Analogue Efex 2 Basic Adjustments: +detail -contrast +brightness Light Leaks: Soft Cool Film Type
Here’s my gallery of all the images for January and a poll if you would like to choose a favourite: