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This is a follow up to the one I posted the other day, and I thought I'd try something different with this one.

One of the techniques that I understand in principle is how to layer textures into an image, but I don't yet feel as though I have much of an aesthetic grasp of how the final image should look. For example, I think that this one is interesting, and I did have a vague idea about using the textures to add a rain-like effect to the sky, but it seems to have ended up looking a bit more random than I intended.

It is a technique I'm working on though, as I'm planning on releasing a tutorial on this topic in mid December. Because I'm less familiar with this topic than some of the others I've written about, and because I think it will be an interesting and rewarding experience, I'm co-writing it with Mike Regnier. If you take a look at his website – linked below – you will see that he's a definite master at this technique:


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comment by Chris Wray at 08:07 PM (GMT) on 8 November, 2008

Hi David, not sure about this one. I think I'd have been tempted to mask the effect at the horizon or shoreline and reduce the opacity a tad. I liked the other image you did a while back using the same technique. Maybe its a bit like HDR, and the image has to "suit" the technique you're using.

comment by rambohoho at 08:09 PM (GMT) on 8 November, 2008


comment by djn1 at 08:13 PM (GMT) on 8 November, 2008

Chris: you may be right. With the last one the texture became part of the base layer while with this one it seems more like a texture through which the base layer can be seen. I still quite like this one, but I do think I need to spend some more time thinking through how to implement this technique.

comment by dewaun.simmons at 08:38 PM (GMT) on 8 November, 2008

wonderful composition -- it doesn't get in the way of the therapeutic color palette. The minimalism is nice here.

comment by Cyndi at 09:45 PM (GMT) on 8 November, 2008

I love it. It's very striking.

comment by Garry at 10:05 PM (GMT) on 8 November, 2008

It puts me in mind of a European art film from the 70's... something you'd see Harry Enfield doing a parody of

comment by Garry at 10:13 PM (GMT) on 8 November, 2008

...should probably clarify that it's the film he'd doing the parody of - not the fine picture!

comment by Laurie at 10:57 PM (GMT) on 8 November, 2008

It is quite a pleasant effect. Pretty.

comment by Jennifer at 10:59 PM (GMT) on 8 November, 2008

Rather like the texture - makes the sky more like a painting - maybe a Kurt Jackson or Lewis Noble. Looking forward to the tutorial!

comment by Frans Erasmie at 11:36 PM (GMT) on 8 November, 2008

Really interesting image, like from a dream.

comment by Dan Kaufman at 01:49 AM (GMT) on 9 November, 2008

The feeling this image gives me is that I'm looking through a rain-streaked or dirty window but the branch is on this side and not the other side. What if you masked and blurred the branch to move it "behind the window" with respect to DoF on the z-axis? (and other than that convoluted comment--I like it too.)

comment by Carlos Garcia at 04:39 AM (GMT) on 9 November, 2008

Beautiful... I like the "old film" quality... very mysterious and almost ominous.

comment by djn1 at 07:03 PM (GMT) on 9 November, 2008

Thanks everyone.

comment by David Chabashvili at 05:40 AM (GMT) on 10 November, 2008

I like this one! More interesting for me! Would love to see the tutorial!

comment by Corvus at 07:58 PM (GMT) on 28 November, 2008

I could have this picture on my wall - its really beautiful! :o)

comment by Adam Stevens at 06:16 AM (GMT) on 4 December, 2008

I like it, I think. Looks kind of like it's shot through a window. I do like the simple lines.. And the color..