AWAKE Session 1 Experiment 3 – Swans v2

I wasn’t hugely happy with my first attempt at this image with the Urban Rain style.  After I did the Fantail version, which I like much more, it made me realise that the colours and tones were too similar and flat.

Did a bit of reading on colour theory which was interesting and decided to have another go at this image before I move on to Session 2.

Therefore I matched the swan image against several different backgrounds and opted to go with this more blue toned to provide some contrast against the more brown tone of the swans and the water – it was a murky day when I shot this and I may have overdone the WB a bit on reflection LOL

Post Processing Steps:

1.  Find a suitable background to match the swans image.

2.  Mask over the swan layer and paint over and around with with several water colour brushes, making the outside edge quite opaque.

3.  Realise the background was a little uninteresting so added in a grunge layer that has some musical notes and writing across it – from the ever talented Katie Periet

4. Be not entirely happy with how the swan part looks and play with blend modes and settle on Hard Light and lowered opacity

5.  Duplicated the swan layer, dragged it below the Hard Light layer and set to Normal blend with a lower opacity

6. Now to fluff around with flourishes – add a new transparent layer and fluff around with brush flourishes, find this corner one and establish it will be big enough.  Muck around with colours for ages before settling on a dark teal to pick up similar tones in the background.

Stamp one brush, and then switch the angle around and stamp another in the opposite corner to frame.  Blend mode Multiply at 60%

7.  Add a new layer and another flourish in a tan colour picked up from the swan image and put at bottom of imate

8.  Feel like it needs some vignette or darker framing – bring in a grunge edge from coursework which was two layers grouped together.  Fluff around figuring that out and then inverted both layers so the edge was darkened and blend in with Multiply and Soft Light.

Decide enough is enough and stopped there!

All comments and feedback and suggestions for improvement welcome!

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13 Responses to AWAKE Session 1 Experiment 3 – Swans v2

  1. desleyjane says:

    I liked your first one but this is lovely as well.

  2. leecleland says:

    Went back and looked at the first one, it is very muddy. This one has a much lighter look and the flourishes are great, certainly a lot more contrast between the swan/s and the background. The different colours around the edge work well and break up the pale blue. Thanks for re-doing the swans seeing both versions is helping me learn.

    • lensaddiction says:

      Lee it was a great learning experience for me too – its interesting how you say its a lighter look when I put quite a heavy grunge around the edges to vignette it 🙂

      • leecleland says:

        Yes that vignette is there but the cool blue tones are what give it that lighter look – to the previous one – particularly over the swan and cygnets.

  3. Joanne says:

    Beautiful! 🙂

  4. I really love this one Stacey. It seems more balanced and natural. I loved the other one too, but this one is absolutely gorgeous.

    • lensaddiction says:

      Thanks Raewyn, I put a lot of thought into the colour choice and also how the tones in the image were balanced. This creating art is hard work!

      • I know. I am learning more about colours with my painting. We talk a lot about the colour wheel. Actually I have a couple of ladies doing my photography group and they are also in my painting class and there work has improved too.

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