deadwood in the canyon:
a slow scream
frozen and splintered
Linked to the One Four Challenge at Robyn’s Fine Art, where our task is to take one image and edit it four different ways over four weeks. This month I will be “reclaiming” an old (paper!) photograph with questionable composition — seeing if something interesting can be done with it. It might not be a great photo, but I absolutely loved this subject at the time.
Keep in mind that I’m an amateur – having fun – learning as I go. Not a professional at all — and calling this “fine art” is a stretch!
Great wood texture, but that yellow rock is really distracting! Plus, evidently, that sharp horizon is a no-no. Composition is a jumble. But — still — I love that deadwood! And the “bittersweet” glow on the grasses to the left of the photo – that is awesome.
WEEK ONE: EDIT ONE
I used PicMonkey’s grunge / paper overlays to add texture, and I darkened the edges. Plus, that yellow rock is gone (clone tool).
WEEK ONE: EDIT TWO
This time I cropped the image, burned the edges more, and used the dodge tool to lighten the trunks in places. It’s still not a great photo, but I *think* composition-wise it might be better. At a cost, though — a lot of that great wood texture is gone, and so much of that bittersweet grass is now gone. Plus – now we have a goofy little tree in the middle of the photo. And it’s dark — dark — dark!
But it has drama, baby!
A huge “thank you” goes to Georgia (Bastet) for lending her time, her feedback, and a ton of her time! Hopefully in the next month I’ll find some better ways to work with this photo.