Where Do I Look – Abstract – Photo
Good evening folks.
If you are signed up for my monthly newsletter you’ve already gotten a glimpse of this image. If not… I guess this is it.
I often take some random shots while I’m taking other “normal” pictures. I use these for everything from backgrounds for design work to textures for images to well, just about anything.
At any rate, I was shooting with the OMD a few weeks ago and decided to shoot some gravel. I’ve had great success in the past with gravel as a texture so I figured I might as well collect another texture for the pile.
Well once I got back into Lightroom I was working on an entirely different project and I came across this image. And I began to play with it. And I started to like what I saw. And then… well… here we are!
Technically – In Terms of Processing
So here is what I did to achieve this “look.” I started out in Lightroom and boosted the contrast and whites a bit. I also converted it to a black and white image inside of Lightroom.
Next I popped into Photoshop and created a copy of the background layer. I then used Topaz Lab’s Simplify plugin on this layer.
Once I had that looking about right I created a copy of the “Topaz Simplify” layer and took that into Adobe’s filter called Pixelbender.
Inside of Pixelbender I played around with the option called “Oil-Paint” till I got something that was pleasing to my personal eyeballs.
The resulting image went back into Lightroom and was exported to be shared here.
Thanks for stopping by! Now I’ll get back to my homework…