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My husband and I just got back from being in our friends’ wedding in Scottsdale. It was an awesome, long weekend and the wedding couldn’t have been more perfect for them. I smile thinking about it.

While walking around their neighborhood on day, I came across this bush with sweet little orange flowers. I must have spend 20 minutes taking different photos around it. This one is one of my favorites. The title is in honor of our friends.

In Love

Shutter Speed: 1/1300
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 57mm
ISO: 160

…then cropped to square, used the Creamy Cyan photoshop action and added a slight texture over the top. Voila!

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I tried a different approach to the textures this time. Instead of having discernible images like bricks or rocks or grass, I decided to intentionally blur the images I was taking. Like….big. Lots of blur! I didn’t want to be able to make out what I was shooting at all. I made it all about the lights and darks. Then I used those blurry images and placed them over this lovely windmill photo. Result is kind of cool. Kind of dreamlike. Kind of fiery.

Windmill texture

Here’s how I did it. I took my original windmill photo…

Original windmill

…and I ran a Vintage action on that I got from The Pioneer Woman website. (I love that website!) The Vintage action is housed in the Pioneer Woman Action Set 1 – UPDATED link. There are some other cool actions in Action Set 2 but that’s not what this post is about. So anyway. Yes. Vintage.

This is how it looks now.

Windmill with Vintage action

THEN….I took this mustard colored texture (seen below) and put it on a layer on top of the vintage photo. I changed the mode (in the layers palette) to Overlay and left the opacity at 100%.

mustard texture

And THEN…..I put another texture, this sky and trees…if you will…on top of the mustard colored one for, as my Dad would say, shits and giggles. I set the mode for this layer on Overlay as well and left the opacity at 100%.

Sky texture

Voila! Hot fiery windmill photo…..whatever that means.

Final windmill

Here are a handful of new background textures for free download. Just click on the shot you want and a new window will open with the full size, high resolution image. You should be able to drag and drop from there. Help yourself and enjoy.

Red Brick
Concrete block
Split-face concrete block
Distressed wood

Gravel rocks

Gone Fishing

Posted: August 4, 2010 in Photography, texture
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What can I say? I’m still playing with textures. It’s becoming a sickness and I might need some professional help soon. But in the meantime, I’m enjoying myself. I love how texture changes the feel of the photo. It makes almost any image more interesting. I’m finding that the subject matter really doesn’t…well, matter.

NOTE: For the record, I’m not a big fan of the font I used in this image. But I’m in a bit of a hurry and don’t really have time to find a better one. So you’re stuck with Ballpark Weiner. (I’m not even kidding. That’s the name of the font.)

I decided to take a couple of these images that I already uploaded and apply some different textures/effects to them. I’m kind of liking where these are going. There are so many tutorials and free downloads out there that are quite helpful in changing the look and feel of any photograph. Here are the results of one fun little tut that I found this morning. Suddenly the pics are WAAAAY more interesting.

There was a beautiful selection of ripe cherries at the grocery store. Scrumptious to eat and nice to look at. Naturally, I had to play with the depth of field some more. I just love depth of field. So I hand-selected the most perfect little, sweet candidate. Smooth. Vibrant. But still with character in scars. Scars are souvenirs you never lose. (hey…there’s a song in there!) I then carried the golden child….I mean, ruby child outside on a pillow made of down and covered in silk. I had people standing by to spritz the star when it got too hot. I had lunch catered in and I made sure all of outside was so quiet that you could hear a pin drop. It’s good for concentration, you know.

After all the set up….all the lead in….I took one shot. One single shot and we were done with the photo shoot. It was perfection. Lights. Shadows. Pizazz. Then I covered it in grunge.

The tulips in the landscaping around the yard are looking pretty right now and probably have a few more days left in them before they start to fade for the year. As much as I like seeing them brightening up the exterior of the house, I couldn’t help but clip just one to brighten up the inside.

Naturally, I had to play with some textures over these images as well. I’m starting to wonder if I’m going a little too texture crazy. I’ve been trying the effect over everything lately. Below shows the original picture as well as the one with the texture. I’d love some input. Which do you like better?

Yellow tulip with texture

Yellow tulip