Linda M Medine  


Mardi Gras Ornament by Linda M Medine

April 2021 - Mardi Gras Ornament

April 2021 - Linda M Medine

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April 2021 - Linda M Medine

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About the Image(s)

This image was taken on March 5, 2021. I was taking images of the Baton Rouge Marathon and after it was over I was walking to my car and saw this thing hanging from a tree. Well what had happen was a string of Mardi Gras beads had been thrown up and the tree and some fungus has made its way all the way down the beads. So, the beads are holding them together. What I have heard is lots of the trees in the down town area has this fungus and if something is not done about it all these trees will die. What do you think about making are out of something bad. I used my Nikon D800, 125mm, 1/800, f5.6, ISO 100. I used a texture on this image. The image with one fungus is a close up of what is is on the string of beads. It kind of reminds me of a Christmas Ornament.


14 comments posted




Witta Priester   Witta Priester
What an interesting image, with an interesting story. Was orig. 1 used to create the texture somehow? The final image is quite dark, and I think would benefit from selectively lightening the subject. Oftentimes, walking through the various PS blend modes is useful when adding textures. The darken/multiply blend modes usually need a curves or levels adjustment layer.

I think making art out of ANYTHING is OK. In this case, a bit of text at the bottom left would make for a great public service poster: Save your beads; Save our trees.
  Posted: 04/07/2021 15:46:22



Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Witta, Thank you and that is a good idea to lighten the multiple blend. I just started using that blend mode and it is too dark, but I like using it, but will make it lighter.   Posted: 04/07/2021 20:24:41



Michael Moore   Michael Moore
You have really created a fantastic image here that any viewer can spend time with absorbing what is in front of them - well done! I agree with Witta that selective lightening of the subject will add impact and I would preserve that moody texture which adds so much to this image.   Posted: 04/08/2021 12:24:03



Denise McKay   Denise McKay
I really like this image and the story Linda. The composition is well balanced. I love the color of the background and texture and think it compliments the subject very well.

I agree with the others that selectively lightening the string of fungus would help it stand out from the background more.

Great catch seeing this in the trees.   Posted: 04/08/2021 12:39:45



Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
I did lighten around the subject with an adjustment brush with white at 2% and went to Level and lighten a little. If there is a another way I would like to learn. Please let me know. Thank you for sharing.   Posted: 04/09/2021 08:11:18
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Denise McKay   Denise McKay
In Lightroom, I also used an adjustment brush and just painted on the individual balls of fungus and opened up the shadows and increased the exposure. I didn't touch the background or the beads between the balls of fungus. This brightened the subject slightly which may allow it to stand out a bit more. I'll let you be the judge of whether it was an improvement. :)   Posted: 04/11/2021 07:11:32
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Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Good Thanks. Looks Great.   Posted: 04/12/2021 08:45:23
Witta Priester   Witta Priester
Following up... In my opinion, aside from lightening the image, it would be a plus to keep the subject stronger than the background, as it is in Orig 2. To do this try "select subject" on original 2 layer and apply this selection to the mask on the texture layer, (probably have to invert, and feather). This way the texture only acts on the background. Then lower the opacity of the texture layer. This mask will also be useful on a second levels layer to further selectivel lighten the beads.   Posted: 04/14/2021 09:05:24
Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Is there a YouTube lesson to help learn how to do that. Can you send me a link. I know somethings about textures but not too much about masking. I know opacity, textures and select subject. Thank you so much for your help. I want to learn.   Posted: 04/14/2021 20:15:16
Witta Priester   Witta Priester
I learned my PS along the way, over many years... Lots of tutorials as well as some classes and books. I searched "masks in PS basics" to fine this link. It is a well respected source: https://photoshopcafe.com/use-layer-masks-photoshop-7-layer-masking-tips/ The ideas can be applied to any version of PS. Hope that helps. There are of course many advanced tutorials as well. This is one of my favorite teachers: https://phlearn.com/tutorial/add-textures-photos-logos/   Posted: 04/14/2021 22:27:54
Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Thank you so much.... will look them up.   Posted: 04/14/2021 22:31:22



Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
Linda, you took advantage of a clever observation! Is good!

I really prefer your second version, above. Varying the lighting on the texture adds interest, in my opinion. I do not prefer images that have an even intensity of light over the entire image.

This is a super texture to use with your subject. Well done!   Posted: 04/16/2021 00:34:42



Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Linda, I remember writing a nice long paragraph for you, but must have forgotten to hit 'submit'. But everyone else has much better tips than I. In any case, I love this image.   Posted: 04/16/2021 16:20:44



Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Thank you. I will look back. If I do not use something all the time I forget.   Posted: 04/17/2021 10:40:36



 

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