At the risk of boring you all, here's another image that combines a portrait and, for want of a better term, an urban texture. As with yesterday's shot the texture was adapted from a shot I put up a while ago – killa bunnies #2.

As I also mentioned yesterday, I've taken my inspiration for this style of image from Mike Regnier, though I've realised today that I'll probably take my attempts in a slightly different direction to Mike. His images begin with a pre-existing photograph, which is then reworked through the application a variety of textures and colours, the aim being to enhance or reinterpret the original image – and if you take a look around his site you'll see that it's a very effective technique.

This one though uses one texture, from a pre-existing scene, and in my opinion has a slightly 'grittier' feel than Mike's – grunge art rather than fine art perhaps – and is more about using the texture to anchor the other image rather than amend it. I didn't put that very well, so don't worry if you don't know what I'm talking about ;-) Anyway, I'm definitely enthusiastic about this approach and will be shooting a range of portraits and textures over the next few weeks.

Personally, I prefer this one to yesterday's, but do let me know what you think.

Update: I've put both original images here:

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These were combined in a variety of ways including setting the blend mode to the area over her face to 'overlay'. Subsequent work included multiple Curves, changes to the colour balance, and so on.

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