Jennifer Empey  

Hodge Podge by Jennifer Empey

August 2019 - Hodge Podge

August 2019 - Jennifer Empey

Original 1

August 2019 - Jennifer Empey

Original 2

About the Image(s)


f/2.8 1/6400 sec ISO200 100mm No Flash No Tripod.

It was a bright sunny day.

When I took the image of the leaves on the ground, I knew I would use it to create an abstract image.

I used LR & PS in post-production. In PS, I used different filters and blend modes to create the textures.

I have included a second option with the textured leaves and ground. As the colours evolved, complementary colours appeared.

I tried a crop version as well.

What do you suggest?

6 comments posted

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
Jackson Pollock would have been proud of this one. Some would say it needs a centre of interest, but I think it works well as it stands. No cropping needed. As I sit and look at it my eye follows the swirls around hypnotically!   Posted: 08/03/2019 11:02:22
Jennifer Empey   Jennifer Empey
Thanks Mike for your comments & the compliment   Posted: 08/07/2019 08:28:38

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
There is an awful lot going on here, my eye tends to wander around too much and it lacks a single point of interest. I think I see a blue lion on one of the thirds' it might work better if the left hand 2/5th was chopped off to emphasise it. Alternatively, the image looks quite different if rotated 90 degrees - I see waves.   Posted: 08/05/2019 07:42:09
Jennifer Empey   Jennifer Empey
Thanks Andrew for your comments & perspective   Posted: 08/07/2019 08:37:42

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
(Group 40)
I'm going around looking at abstract images and trying to learn how to judge them. My first reaction was that your original 2 more pleasing to me, but after a moment I decided I liked your final better. The reason is, in original 2 it still looks like leaves.
Whereas your final is truly abstract. There is no point of interest, that's true, but the repeating pattern itself becomes what absorbs our interest.
for my taste the colors are a bit loud. I couldn't stare at it too long.   Posted: 08/10/2019 18:10:55

Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
Well that does hit you in the face!! I do find it rather to busy for my taste and prefer your version two where the leaf shapes are still just visible. With this type of image you should consider using a coloured border to compliment you artistic intent.   Posted: 08/11/2019 13:43:08


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