Posted February 11, 2012 by Gavin Hoey in Articles

Winters Walk

Balcombe-winter-FBIt doesn’t happen very often but sometimes I know exactly how I want a photograph to look even before I’ve pressed the shutter, which is exactly what happened with this photo. I took the photo of the trees as part of one of my one to one training courses. I was out with David, who is a great technical photographer but was looking for help with “seeing the photos”.

To be honest I’m not totally sure David believed me when I said could visualise the final image, especially as the original image of the trees wasn’t blessed with much excitement. I mean there was no foreground interest, no lead in lines and the lighting wasn’t that interesting either. But it was the sky that caught my eye. A blank sky is an ideal candidate for a spot of texture blending and I have a whole folder full of texture images just waiting to find the perfect partner.

Make a mono
The first step was to remove the colour from the image. There are many ways to do this and I’ll often use HSL/Greyscale in RAW. Alternatively you can use Image – Adjustments – Black and White, which what I used here. In this case I used the Infrared preset.
Trees-3d Add a texture
Although I have a large selection of textures I often find the best ones to use are the smoother textures. In this case it’s an image of dried and cracked plaster and paint. I copied the image and pasted it onto the main photo. The two images are different sizes so I used Free Transform (CTRL+T) to resize the texture to fit over the trees.
Blend them together
The last step is to choose a blending mode. Normally I’d use Multiply, but this time Overlay seemed to be more fitting to the final image. It’s amazing how many different looks you can get simply by altering the blend mode.


Gavin Hoey