Joan Field, APSA  

The Blue Pearl by Joan Field, APSA

August 2019 - The Blue Pearl

August 2019 - Joan Field, APSA

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August 2019 - Joan Field, APSA

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About the Image(s)

I had taken many motion images while visiting my sister, trees moving up and down, etc. I used the grassy looking one as a background and the photo of the reverse side of a yellow flower for another. I worked with them considerably, using blending modes. Unfortunately, I forgot which blending mode I ended up with.
Then I removed the dark areas from the daisy and filled in a lot there with the clone tool. I reversed the color of both images, so that the final color palate was in the blues. Finally, I created a blue sphere by using the gradient tool from blue to white and turning the "pearl" 180 degrees. I reduced its opacity and removed a bit of the bottom to make it look more like it was sitting in the crotch of the flower.

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6 comments posted

Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
I love your ICM images. The image has an ethereal feel to it.
Changing the colors has worked well.
I feel that the pearl is not quite working in its present form. I think it would have been OK to have the whole round pearl...but perhaps blend the edges into the flower.
The rest of the image is quite beautiful but, to me, the pearl does not seem to be sitting in well.   Posted: 08/16/2019 17:40:09

Steve Wessing   Steve Wessing
I like the overall effect of the layer blending. It has a water color like feeling to it. I think your edit of the pearl is fine, but the sharpness of it's silhouette doesn't match the softness of it's pastel color, or the overall ethereal nature of the image.
If you give the pearl's edge a softer feeling, it would match the image better.
If you made it more transparent and gave it some shiny highlights, it would match it's current edge better.   Posted: 08/22/2019 14:41:50
Joan Field   Joan Field
I did fiddle with the pearl quite a lot, but could not achieve a total match with the rest of the image. One thing I have missed since the new PS is the ability to make a real sphere. There was a third party program for awhile that did it, but I have lost it and don't think it works anymore anyway. I forgot to go to Google to ask for that; I might have found a way to make a better sphere. I did want to make the pearl stand out from the rest of the image so that it is the center of interest.
  Posted: 08/23/2019 13:34:34
Steve Wessing   Steve Wessing
In gimp it's in the image-map menu. There is a 'map to sphere' option. Not sure about PS, as I don't have a current version.   Posted: 08/24/2019 12:41:24

Susan Dunn   Susan Dunn
I like your descriptions of your steps. I especially think using the underside of a daisy was inspired. Also using the texture to weave through the petals is really effective. I am not sure what is at the top of the image in the center. I know its part of the daisy. But it seems not to blend with the rest of the image. It looks like a hand. Maybe it is the hand that dropped the pearl into the flower!!   Posted: 08/23/2019 14:04:51

John Larson   John Larson
(Group 9)
I like how you combined the two images to make something entirely different. I think I would see what this looks like with yellow as the primary color instead of the blue.   Posted: 08/28/2019 13:27:00