Sol Blechman  


Concrete, Steel, and Flower by Sol Blechman

July 2021 - Concrete, Steel, and Flower

About the Image(s)

At first I was just taken with the manhole. Then I saw the pattern of the concrete and I liked the contrast of those two elements. But it seemed incomplete so I added the dahlia (from my garden). The main processing challenge was to isolate the flower which I did in Retouch. Using that $12 pen tool was invaluable to working around the petal edges. When I had the layer complete it was easy to bring it onto the manhole. That was also in Retouch. I then brought the entire image into Snapseed to further tuning.


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8 comments posted




Richard Sprott   Richard Sprott
The placement of the dahlia, just off center and opposit that little black hole works beautifully. The idea to use the dahlia was perfect.   Posted: 07/01/2021 19:21:53



Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Very creative. Love the image Sol. You also used a creative edging around the outside edges.

Could you send me the link to the $12 pen tool that you use. I have one but yours seems to really work better and the price is right.

Thanks much Jerry


  Posted: 07/02/2021 06:10:42



Dave Edwards   Dave Edwards
I would have never created an image like this. Nice job, well done.   Posted: 07/05/2021 09:10:23



Bob Barley   Bob Barley
This was a good idea and a challenge. I think you've done a good job with it. I do have a comment: The lighting seems to be directly overhead. In that case, the darkened left side of the flower seems out of place. If the light is coming from the right enough to cause the flower to be darker on the left, then the flower would cast a shadow onto the manhole, but it doesn't. All that is fixable with additional edits.

  Posted: 07/05/2021 13:21:28
Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
You're correct about the lighting discrepancy. It seemed very subtle to me since there is no discernible shadow on the manhole cover.Still, I could have lessened the shadow on the flower. Thanks for pointing it out.   Posted: 07/13/2021 05:54:09



Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
Nice textures and lines and the yellow flower adds a focal point. I would not think of doing this so I'm alway intrigued by how creative people are. Can you explain a little more how you cut out the dahlia and layered it onto the manhole cover. What programs did you use for the process.I wasn't aware Retouch could do this.   Posted: 07/12/2021 19:52:19
Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
Pamela, I did in fact, use Retouch for creating the flower layer. Then I used my pen tool for cleaning/erasing the background. When the flower was isolated, it was easy to drag it onto the other layer which was the manhole cover. If you have questions after playing in Retouch, let me know.   Posted: 07/13/2021 05:48:47