Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, MX
Photoshop (PSE11) has been difficult to learn for this old ‘Computer-challenged’ photographer, but I’m finally starting to make some headway—I think. This image is an experiment with texture. I love so-called straight photography (I really do), but the creative artist in me yearns to push the limits. The ability to combine photographic skill with graphic arts knowhow is a godsend. It probably drives all of you crazy seeing the weird shit I post (shit that I euphemistically call photographic experiments), but like I mentioned in my previous post: it keeps the creative juices flowing, and it rejuvenates my spirit.
The above image was created by combining two separate images (a background image and a texture image) in Photoshop (PSE11).
Original background image complete with post-edits
Image (brick wall) used for texture
Photographer’s note: I opened both images in PSE11, displaying the texture image (TI) in the working space; I clicked on Select > All (outlining the image); then Edit > Copy. I then opened the background image (BI) in the working space; clicked on Edit > Paste. This combined both images into a single image. Going into the ‘Layers Palette’ I adjusted the opacity of the TI and made final edits to the exposure and saturation. The rough brickwork on the TI image (bleeding through the BI) gave a dramatic look to the final image, especially in the sky area. It reminded me of a broken ceramic dinner plate, hence the title: Shattered Sky.