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Flowers and textures galore

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As you may know if you’ve been following my blog, lately I’ve been experiencing with different methods of post-processing. This week I’ve had lots of fun playing with textures in Photoshop, and finding out how they change the mood of a picture without altering it so much that it becomes something entirely different from what I meant to shoot in the first place. In fact, I’ve used them to get just that look I was going after when I grabbed my camera.

I love the effects, and I’ll definitely consider textures from now on before deleting a shot. I don’t think I’d ever texturize a sunset, though; sunsets are perfect just the way they happen.

I haven’t used textures on all the shots in this post, just the ones I wasn’t satisfied with; I don’t think it’s too hard to tell the ones I edited from the ones I didn’t. Enjoy, and as usual, thanks for reading and commenting!

All textures were downloaded from Shadowhouse Creations.

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20 thoughts on “Flowers and textures galore

  1. Beautiful! I suspect that the shots with the more intense colors are the ones you used the PS textures on. I haven’t used the texture features, but I have used PS to change brightness, contrast, sharpness, etc. A few examples with flowers (click on each image for a 600 x 800 view):

    http://thedailygraff.com/2010/11/01/dont-mess-with-me-today-3/

    http://thedailygraff.com/2011/03/17/a-flowering-of-certainty/

    http://thedailygraff.com/2011/01/20/1149/

    –J.A. Robinson

    • Thank you! Except for the first one, which is very intense and hasn’t been texturized. I did adjust contrast and intensity in that shot, as I do with most of my flower shots, but only very slightly. I’ve also used Photoshop curves to correct exposure in some of the sunset shots I posted on a few days ago. I have lots of fun learning how to use PS.
      Thanks for dropping by my blog! Your flowers are beautiful, and I loved the snowy tree :).

  2. These photos are stunning, beautiful. The big orange one is my favourite (sorry my knowledge on flower names is awful).
    Much Love
    Astra Wally

    • Thanks, Astra! I’m so glad you like them :). I’m ashamed to confess I’ve no idea what the orange one is called, either; I’ll ask about it later. But to tell the truth, it’s not that big at all; it’s about the size of my forefinger, I took the picture from up close because I wanted to focus on the pistils.

  3. Great pics, especially the first pink and white one. I’ve never used the textures in PS, I’ll have to give them a go though. It’s never ending trying to learn all the tools you can use in PS!

    • Thanks! I think the pink dahlia is one of my favorites, and I’m so happy with the results of using textures on it, because it brought out the real colors which are so striking.
      I don’t know how to use half the stuff in Photoshop, either, but learning is so much fun.

  4. They are all amazing photographs,the colours so beautiful, I am glad to meet with you,

    Thank you,
    Blessing and Happiness,
    with my love,
    nia

  5. These are gorgeous. The second one almost pops right out of the screen at me.

    I haven’t experimented with textures yet (mostly because I don’t know what I’m doing in Photoshop and I’m using an old version of it so some of the free downloads don’t work).

    • Thanks, Robin. Like I said, I think the pink dahlia is my favorite, at least today. I mostly used the textures to darken the backgrounds, which are sometimes boring, and to adjust contrast and intensity so the colors look more realistic.
      I think using textures is one of the easiest things in Photoshop, and it’s one of the first I learnt about. I love how you edit your shots, you always make them look just great.

  6. Great flower pictures! I like how some of them are shaded because when people often take pictures of flower, they are completely in the sun.

    • Thanks, Maggie! I’ve discovered the right amount of morning shade is the best lighting for flower shots. Unfiltered daylight makes them look washed out and overexposed, and it’s very hard to correct in post-processing. Plus, there’s nothing better than beginning my day with a walk around the garden in the company of my camera and my playful cat :).
      Thanks for dropping by!

  7. Great shots of the Iris and I think a Dhalia, we just got a bunch for my mom’s garden..:-)

    • Thanks! Which one is the Iris? I have so much confusion regarding flower names… Not only because I don’t know a thing about gardening, but also because I have to find out what these plants are called in English. I think I need a botanical encyclopedia ;).

  8. Absolutely stunning – I wish I was as talented as you!

    • I’m not sure I believe in talent myself. I think it’s more like a natural attraction -photography is my gravitational center- and tons of persistence and determination – when I want to learn how to shoot something, I take a thousand pictures if it’s necessary until I get it. Talent is more of a capricious thing, as in “you don’t have it, you can’t do it.” And I believe, if you love something, nothing can stop you from becoming the best at it.
      Thanks for dropping by my blog, and for your kind words about my work!

      • I agree. In 1902 Thomas Edison said “Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration” I might START with a natural talent for something, but I excel at the things I throw myself into: photography, cooking, gardening, writing, etc. I have spent hundreds of hours on each of these pursuits, reading up on them, experimenting, learning through mistakes, networking with those who know more than I do, etc., etc.

        I’ve heard that one recipe for success is to find what you do best, and then do it over and over. I started a humorous Mon.-Fri. photoblog on Nov. 1 and have posted a new captioned photo EVERY WEEKDAY since then: http://thedailygraff.com/ –J.A. Robinson

  9. Your photographs are beautiful, I love them. Can’t wait to see more of your work.

    • Thanks! I’m so happy and flattered :). I’m completely unstoppable when it comes to photography, so you’ll probably see lots more of my work :).
      Thanks for dropping by!

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