As a mainly landscape/seascape photographer I don’t usually do photographs that would immediately spring to mind as unusual. But in the dim and distant past when I was first teaching myself to use PhotoChop I used to experiment a lot with textures and brushes.
So for this weeks challenge I created this image using an original photograph of a thistle, taken only last week, and following a tutorial from Jerry Jones I combined it with some textures and a bit of text.
Previously I have created my own textures and as always I made them freely available for use by anyone. They were available from FileFactory but unbeknown to me FileFactory changed their T&C and many of them were deleted after 90 days. Therefore I am in the process of moving them to SkyDrive
Finally, if you have got the time have a look at Jerry’s artwork, which he presents in a slideshow called La Cinematique, trust me you won’t be disappointed and some of his work is very unusual.
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Who would have thought that thistles could be so beautiful!
these are beautiful Mike…funny where you can find beauty if you take the time to really look
Love the thistle! (I love the word “thistle” too!)
Spectacular creation … I have not experimented with textures, yet. Today’s image has inspired me to give it a try. Thank you for the links. I’m heading there next.
Very nice pic and thanks a bunch for the info…always looking for interesting photo blogs/info as I like to experiment very much…
In my part of the world, thistles are purplish in colour, so a thistle this colour is unusual!
Love the effects you got with what you manipulated, if that is the correct word (I’m a point, shoot and pray person.
Siggi in Downeast Maine, USA
I love the balance in this stunning shot and the texture is stunning! Thank you Mike for the links, it all looks like good fun!
beautifully unusual. Yes usually i avoid these on the hiking trail like the plague. You have made them look soft and sweet.
Thanks for the mention/related article here.
I had to come check out your submission too. I love this! The texture you added to the photo is fantastic.