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I am a Freelance Journalist and Photographer based in Bunbury, Western Australia. My published work specialises in Western Australian travel articles and stories about inspiring everyday people. My passion is photography, writing, travel, wildflower and food photography.
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Sunday, 5 February 2012

Learning about textures

Well I have finally done it - after a year of looking at other photographic artist's texture work on Flickr and their blogs, I have finally signed up for a couple of texture e-classes with Kim Klassen.  Thanks Kim! You can check out her blog and classes by clicking on the link - you might be interested in learning about textures. Click here - Kim Klassen Cafe 

So for today's Mosaic Monday I thought I would share with you some of my texture work. Please remember I am only new to playing with textures! Textures is not for everyone. I see it as adding "art" to an image.  And certainly not every image would benefit or should have texture added. It really depends on what look you are wanting to achieve.  For instance, I probably wouldn't add texture to a grand landscape. Textures can also help you rescue a less than perfect image as I think my last image "baked" demonstrates.

In each of the images I am showing you the original image, and the textured image, as I think it is interesting to see both and compare. Playing with textures you can come up with all sorts of effects.  It's fun, and can be very time consuming!

 Hydrangea - On the left you see the textured image
with textures added from Kim's textures - "beach sand" and "peacock" with painterly effect.
On the right is the untextured image - straight from camera.


Lavender - One of Kim's textures which I have used on this image, on the left hand side, is called "empty page" - fitting I think because doesn't every day of our life start as an "empty page"?

 I have just learnt this neat little trick where you can pick the colour of your text from a colour in the image - as in purple from the lavender in this example. Neat! thanks Kim!


Mourambine church - wheatbelt, Western Australia. My father's family lived in Mourambine between 1939 and 1942 - there is only the church and one or two houses there now. My grandfather and grandmother are buried in this church yard.

I think it is interesting to see the before and after when playing around and learning about textures. Texture used here, on the bottom image, is "paper stained light" from Kim Klassen's skinny mini e-course.  I think it certainly adds to the "aged" effect. What do you think?


This is one of my favourite images - I have played around with it before. This is an everlasting (Western Australian wildflower), treated with Kim's "awaken" texture. Original on the left, textured on the right.


This is a bunch of dried roses that I have had for many years. They are starting to look a bit worse for wear.

The texture I have added I created myself by scanning a section of a piece of bought "scrap booking" paper. 

And the inspiration? - Currently we have aging parent issues which are taking up a lot of our time and energy. As I look at my father who is my mother's full time carer, it comes to me the beauty of his love for her that has never faded.

So I have used the dry roses to represent the beauty of a love that endures time, and the trials of health issues encountered during the winter of their lives.


Dare to dream and follow your dreams.
Perhaps using the frangipani to represent this is me dreaming of escaping and laying on a beach in the Pacific! 

This is a frangipani flower treated with Kim's "Plastered Square" texture. Original on the left, textured on the right. 


Some of you might know that my project in 2011 was food photography. However, I am off to a slow start this year, as family matters are taking my energy - and it is too HOT to cook!
 We are in the height of a HOT summer, when Australia is baked and the colours and landscape can be harsh. In fact when I look back over my images I don't know if I know how to photograph "soft-light-dreamy" - perhaps my Australian environment has something to do with it!

So I am representing "baked" with a cooking theme. Taken in full midday sunlight! I positioned the elements so I could have some negative space.

Thanks to some processing tips I have learnt from Kim, I have -
added a blur layer (then rubbed some off to achieve more selective focus)
adjusted the levels
added two textures - "plaster square" and "pumpkin grunge" (thanks Kim). The pumpkin grunge gave some extra oomph to the wooden tools.
and added a new font called "pea snowflake" - you can check out free fonts here - kevinandamanda.com/fonts/fontsforpeas/


Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog - I welcome your comments, and look forward to hearing from you.

Have a wonderful week.
I am linking up with Mosaic Monday at Little Red House. To see the work of Mary and other wonderful photographers around the world, please click on the link here - Mosaic Monday

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17 comments:

  1. I am just learning to use textures too, but you have come so much farther than me! **from Pamela Greer Photography.

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  2. This sounds so interesting and makes me realise I just have so much to learn about photography!

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  3. Looks like your having a fun time with Textures. Enjoyed your blog today. Have a great week.

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  4. I really enjoyed your photography and the use of textures. Kim is a wonderful teacher and the more you learn , the more you want to do! You are a wonderful student! Well done!

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  5. Wow Jill, you are doing a fabulous job with the textures. These are all amazing.

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  6. The textures are beautiful. Really fantastic captures. I enjoyed your photo's!

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  7. Gorgeous photos, Jill. I have not yet explored textures. Do you need to have Photoshop to use them?

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  8. Very beautiful photos and such great information! I'm going to save this page to read again later! I love the lavender...and the beautiful effects on the church! It looks like a painting! ♥

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  9. I love your photos. I like texturing photos too but I do not have time. ^_^ Happy Monday!

    What A Sky

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  10. I love these photos! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a wonderful week,
    Markus

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  11. YOur photo's and artwork are beautiful and perfect. I think I don't have the patience to go in this but I admire everybody who does.Have a nice week

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  12. Oh my these are beautiful Jill. I am glad you are enjoying the courses. V

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  13. I love Kim's textures and you surely have gotten the hang of using them. Your photographs are gorgeous - both the "befores" and the "afters". Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

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  14. I like what you did with the church photo, especially. The sky is beautiful.

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  15. OH MY. THESE ARE SIMPLY TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS. THEY NOT ONLY EXPRESS THE BEAUTY OF NATURE TAKEN FROM THE LENS YOU SAW THROUGH AND CLICKED, BUT ALSO THE UNVEILING OF OTHER BEAUTIFUL WAYS TO SHARE THEM. I HAVE A TEXTURED ELEMENT THAT I PURCHASED NOW GOING ON 2 YEARS AGO, AND I HAVE NEVER TOUCHED , OR OPENED IT. I REALLY NEED TO FIND THE TIME TO DO SO. THESE ARE AMAZING. MY PARENTS HAVE LONG BEEN GONE AND I HELP CARE FOR MY FATHER-IN-LAW WHO IS 88, AND I KNOW YOUR TRIALS. JUST KEEP ON DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING, IT IS ALL FOR LOVE~

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