Tuesday, March 27, 2012
More Magnolias - Vintage Style
One of the challenges of photographing Magnolias is finding a focal point when the whole tree is bursting out in blooms. Last week there were just a few buds fully opened and I was able to get this shot by holding the camera above my head.
It's busy shot, but I was able to bring out the foreground blooms with the help of Kim Klassen's texture layers. I added a couple layers of The Veil to the uncropped image. Then I chose a selection to crop and add more texture. Music Lovin' and Lilly were added to this image. All layers were adjusted with blending modes and varying opacity. I erased the texture from the focal blooms on all but one layer of The Veil.
The day was overcast, so I needed to adjust the levels before adding the texture layers. There had been a soft rain earlier that afternoon. The wet branches reflect the light grey of the sky.
I'm a huge fan of limited color schemes when I paint, and I like that this image has a limited palette. The bits of green are a sweet bit of complement to the pinks of the magnolias.
I'm submitting this image to Texture Tuesday, the Pink Edition. I hope you'll go check out the other images here. You can see my Flickr stream here.