Peter Newman  

Dahlia on Concrete by Peter Newman

February 2021 - Dahlia on Concrete

February 2021 - Peter Newman


About the Image(s)

The original was just an ordinary shot of a dahlia, where i made only a crop and the usual adjustments in Photoshop.

I inverted the colors, applied a fiber texture. Used a mild glow effect in Topaz Studio to a new layer. changed blend to overlay and embossed it and stamped the result with normal blend. Solarize, since the result was very dark, I changed the blend mode to screen, applied a curves layer with blend mode multiply,, stamped, then apply image blend mode multiply, and high pass sharpen. All comments appreciated.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
7 comments posted

Janice Rosner   Janice Rosner
I think the inversion of the colors is an interesting idea and the color scheme works well. I'd like to see how the image would be with a little less texture on the flower. I'm thinking that varying the texture would give the flower more depth. At least on my monitor, the image looks a little 1 dimensional or a little flat and could use more contast. I think this is an interesting idea and definitely worth pursuing.   Posted: 02/04/2021 17:31:31
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Hi Janice. Thanks for your suggestion. While it may appear counter-intuitive, in order to increase the tonal range: in LAB I lowered the contrast by 0.04;and made some minor change to the brightness and sharpness. If I increased contrast, I would lose tonal range. My intention was for the dahlia to look as if it was painted directly on the "wall."   Posted: 02/08/2021 13:57:27
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Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
At first I thought this was a pastel drawing! Great textures. Very striking complementary colours. You COULD possibly add some shadow where the petals go into the really set of your "drawing"!   Posted: 02/07/2021 23:24:24
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Hi Phillipa, Thanks for your comment. Your comments would be spot on if was was creating a flower with the wall as a background. However, I wanted the dahlia to look more like graffiti. For that reason I did not include a lot of the details that would normally be included in a flower portrait. There are at least hundreds of thousands of ways any image can be shown. I guess it comes down to what you feel like doing, at the moment.   Posted: 02/08/2021 16:37:08
Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
Oh! I understand now!   Posted: 02/08/2021 22:02:11

Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Peter, It sounds as though this was a labour of love as it took you at least twelve steps to achieve the end result. It has been an exercise in deconstruction and then reconstruction and I am left with the illusion that this is an artistic impression created by colour pastels. The keynote throughout is one of texture and you have achieved your goal of creating the impression that the dahlia is painted on a wall as there is commonality of texture on both dahlia and wall. I note your response to Phillipa's comment.   Posted: 02/19/2021 10:00:09

Steve Wessing   Steve Wessing
The texture evokes an artist's sketchbook. Well done.   Posted: 02/28/2021 20:25:35