Welcome to Photo Art Friday!
The photo art showcased in our virtual gallery last week was truly exceptional. A big "Bravo" and "Thank You" to all who participated.
A warm thank you too for all your well wishes. I'm still weak, weary and coughing. The antibiotics have not had any effect, so guess this "macoplasma" (walking pneumonia) virus will just have to take its course. It could be much worse and I am making the most of this down time reading, journalling, sleeping and when I can, making digital art and textures.
In the meantime, our family has received the best news possible - our daughter who had major thoracic surgery for cancer in 2008 has received a clean bill of health after a recent series of scans and tests that she will undergo every couple of years for the rest of her life. After holding our breath for a couple of months while waiting for these results, we are now all doing happy dances, jumping and clicking our heels together, shouting "Wooo Hooo" indiscriminately wherever we go. SO happy ....
This week our challenge is to share any macro image (with whatever manipulations you choose) that pleases you. I decided to make a montage of three macro photographs of flowers - simply layering them on top of each other using tools in PSE 8 to try to make a pleasing union.
Here are the 3 photographs sitting on the final montage.
The resulting montage of 3 macro photographs. (Recipe below.)
Layers panel demonstrating most of the work done to produce the piece of photo art.
Open photograph that will serve as the base for the piece in editing program.
Duplicate image - (Background copy)
Open and apply next photograph, using Move Tool to adjust fit.
Apply Layer Mask, masking with black to remove green and reveal peonies in layer below.
Blend the two photos in Vivid Light at 42% Opacity.
Levels Adjustment to tone down grey values and increase white.
Open and apply third photograph, using Move Tool to adjust fit.
Blend with Screen at 100% Opacity.
Levels Adjustment: Adjusting only Output Levels to "49" to further desaturate image.
Note: The blending modes and opacities you use will depend entirely on the particular photographs YOU are using. Following the above recipe to the letter with your photographs will not produce the same result necessarily. You invariably have to experiment to find the right blends and opacities for your piece of photo art.
For next week's Photo Art Friday:
1. Post any piece of photo art that strikes your fancy
2. Share a piece of photo art that somehow features a quotation that you hold dear - a quotation that has proved meaningful or significant in your life. If you like, you can share in your accompanying post how or why the quotation has been meaningful for you.