I’ve been doing a lot of work with textures lately. Why? Because often the background in pictures is distracting due to busyness or boredom. Same ol’, same ol’, ya know? Inspired by the art of Jai Johnson, a wildlife photographer/artist in Tennessee, I’m starting to develop my own style. All art is a progression of ideas and learning.
I bought a package of textures and went to work. I can’t tell you how much fun I’m having doing these. Will I get bored with it eventually? Probably. I eventually get bored with everything. Always looking for the newest thrill, ya know. 😉 But for now I’m riveted, never knowing how a picture will turn out.
Wood stork. Photo taken at a local canal. The background was a bunch of trees. Not altogether bad, but now one sees the bird.
Tricolor heron. Pic taken at a lake. This bird demanded strong color.
Ibis. One of the most boring birds in Florida, because it is so common. Yet here it looks “almost ethereal,” as a friend said after seeing this.
A grackle drinking from the canal. This bird also required strong color.
A juvenile little blue heron. They are born white and turn blue as they mature. The interim stage can be strange-looking. This one is almost fully grown.
That giant ‘gator I ran across at Harn’s Marsh. Seems somewhat more sinister in this version.
Snow in Florida? Why not? Anything is possible through the magic of Photoshop. 🙂
Another boring ibis. They aren’t so boring when I give them the texture treatment. If you would like to see how this was done in PS step by step, go to the end of this post.
Have a great week. See you Friday.
How to add textured backgrounds in PS