Today and yesterday I participated in an online workshop hosted by Creative Live and taught by Doug Landreth. Doug is a famous photographer who makes heavy use of textures in his images. You should definitely check out his work. Just don’t compare it to mine!
The homework from Day 1 of the workshop was to take an image with a reasonably simple subject and apply some of the lessons about textures to produce something different. This is what I put together as a first attempt. Because this is a silhouette, the processing was actually pretty simple. Once I’d found the right texture I simply added it as a separate layer and modified the blending mode and opacity until I was happy. A little dodging and burning gave me the result I wanted with the light behind the tree.
I have a much more complex image in the works, but this process of masking, compositing, and layering can take a lot of work, especially if you choose to work with a detailed subject (which I did). I hope to have it ready in a few days.
This tree was shot at sunset on Salt Spring Island which sits in the Strait of Georgia off Vancouver on Canada’s beautiful west coast.
What do you think?