The Lighter Side of Grunge

Click to embiggen and see delicate texture detail

One of the things I struggled with on my recent One Four Duckling image was how every one ended up being at the dark end of the colour scheme.  Not that it was a problem, I liked each and every image on its own merits but found I was struggling with it and was always ending up with a darker outcome.

Today I wanted to see what fun could be had at the brighter end of the spectrum and after a couple of experiments I made this.

Post Processing Steps:

1.  Import original Alyssum macro image from archives

2.  Choose a brighter white based colour image for the colour layer – this is blended with Hard Light blend mode around 75% and a mask created to brush some detail back into the central flowers, particularly the yellow stamens and anthers

3.  Find a texture to suit, I particularly liked this one as it has  a floral feel to it, it is a frame that is a gradient from L to R so fades out across the image so not too overwhelming.

4.  Multiply Blend mode at 42% used, it gives a slightly brighter whiter finish

5.  Add a Brightness and Contrast adjustument layer, bringing up the brightness a fair bit and adding just a touch of contrast.

Its a bit slap dash for a late night blog post, the blue in the colour layer might be a bit strong in the corners, but as a concept of a lighter grunge image I see it has possibilities.

Do you like it?  Hate it?  Know a way I could make it better?

All comments, tips, tricks and feedback welcome !


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17 Responses to The Lighter Side of Grunge

  1. leecleland says:

    Certainly is lighter brighter Stacey. I like what you are doing here and a total change from duckie 🙂 I find the blues and reds a bit harsh for my liking but if you’d softened them you would loose the impact of the whole image. Love the texture .

  2. loisajay says:

    I love this! It looks like a lace texture over the flowers. Blown up–huge–this would be so pretty on a wall. Yes, totally different than what you have been doing. I think a refreshing change. Very nice.

  3. Love it. The colours are so vibrant and happy. I know what you mean. I was just going over some old photos and realised just how dark the final images turned out. So I need to get a bit on the lighter side too.

    • lensaddiction says:

      Thanks Raewyn, it was a fun image to play with, I was quite tired so its not as detailed as I might like, but was more about experimenting with the idea 🙂

  4. Jen says:

    Oh, VERY nice – I love the lightness, the cheeriness — despite the “grunge”. Grunge is great but I agree that it does get a bit heavy at times…

  5. Robyn G says:

    I. Love. This!!
    This appeals very strongly to me 😀
    The colour, the freshness, the texture. Just wonderful and a combo that works for me. Id be drawn to this if I saw it hanging on a wall 😃

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