This is a photo I created this week:
It took quite a few steps to get there. First was, of course, to pick up the camera and take a picture. I was thinking this was a serene looking moment as the rest of my busy life swirled around. I bracketed the photo as I was shooting and created an HDR image out of it:
Then in Photoshop I created a sepia version:
I liked that version, but in the back of my mind I was really thinking about black and white photography. I spend a lot of time looking at images and other people’s creative work. I had recently been at Hammer Home, a street photography blog, and looked at and commented on this image. If you look at that image you might think there is no connection to the black and white that I created, and on the surface you would be right. It’s just that I was thinking when I looked at my final image, that I had been influenced by what I had seen and thought about earlier. To get my final version, I have actually applied four things in Photoshop. I started with a black and white layer, added a photo filter with an underwater tint, added noise, and then added a Iris blur.
That’s a lot of small, but easy, steps to get to my final version. At this point you might be wondering why I am calling this post “Optimistic”? It is because of a feeling I have every time I set out to create something. It is the, slightly intoxicating, optimism of creation. I feel this way every time I set out to create an image; I get a similar feeling when I set out to write this blog.
Do you experience this optimism in your creative endeavors? Feel free to comment about it below, if you’ve blogged about it, feel free to leave a link to your post. Feel free to leave comments on my editing or photo processing below as well.