Flypaper Textures

Posts Tagged ‘grunge’

Chasing the wind

Its always nice to wake up and find another one of your babies gracing a published book cover! Here’s today’s, an American thriller, heavily textured with our flypaper painterly textures. Its just a preview copy as its not yet out, so I expect their colours will hopefully not be as muddled as this one with […]


Grunge Hydrangea

I reprocessed this image for Mary’s article over at the Digital Photography School,  to help illustrate how using different textures on the same image can  completely change the feel of a photo, it’s one of the things textures are so useful for. The earlier version is much more soft, dreamy and subtle. Anyway, here’s what […]


National Grid

This was taken when I visited the lovely hot pools resort village of Hanmer Springs NZ, last weekend. Just over the hill from town the countryside becomes much wilder and  very picturesque with largely unspoiled tussock land and snowy mountains -that is  apart from the ever present power pylons which follow the road. They take […]


Grunge Spring

This is the flower of the onion weed or Allium triquetrum  -not one of my favourite plants as it spreads so readily and is very hard to get rid of once you have it.  Apparently it can be used to replace spring onions in cooking so it does have its uses. It does have pretty […]


In the corner of a French field

This French farm stone mazet or finca was leaning in an alarming way, anybody who’s seen the leaning tower of Pisa would instantly get the idea! So, I corrected it by slightly pinching the ground with the CS warp. These structures were lived in by poor Mediterranean farmers, normally just two rooms, one up, one […]


Snow Seeds

Happy May Day! For a slight backward step, as I produced this image several weeks ago, when still experimenting with the new Fly Edges. It’s always a leap of faith when trying something you’ve never done before. I’d taken these last snows of the year pictures, and had a kind of Lomo effect planned for […]


Iris

Last week, armed with a piece of black card, I took the dog a walk to our local Park of the poets to photograph iceland poppies, thankfully as the wind was low I managed several acceptable shots. See it on Flickr . Later, at the duck pond I took a few experimental shots, I couldn’t […]


Ghostly

I’m really enjoying the versatility of our new Fly Edge textures. I’ve used them as straight texture without the edges but here I decided that the grungy look would enhance this image. To start with, I roughly cloned some colour into the upper pale section of the photo The processing was really simple. I used […]


Bounty

Almost every time I go to the beach I come home with a pocket full of small shells and stones and suchlike. Most of these ones came from a beach near the entrance to our harbour where there are lots of these tiny treasures underfoot. I processed these with textures from our new Fly Edges […]


Drive-By

Another drive-by shooting…I’m getting good at taking photos out the car window, thankfully I’m the passenger so I have plenty of opportunity. I won’t be around for the next week or so but Paul will be here taking care of things. A lot of textures went into this photo. I started with Muscatel @ Linear […]


Barely There (desaturating a texture)

I took this one at my parents house last weekend, the wall in their conservatory is a lovely blue colour and makes a great backdrop. As well as a recipe today, I’m going to try and explain how I change the colour of textures or de-saturate them in photoshop by using a Clipping Mask, the […]


Memories…

I’ve been offline for the last few days while my computer was upgraded. The upgrade (basically a new computer) was done by my son and it didn’t go as smoothly as expected -the two hours he quoted me turned into almost two days. The house has never looked tidier!! Now that I’m up and running […]


Baking

It’s strange how you can work on an image for hours and not get it looking quite right so you give up and do something else (or in my case go to bed) and then the next day open it and add some different textures and within moments you have something that works. Thankfully this […]


the winter group

The other day on our freezing beach. Shot with my 75-300mm zoom lens, this scene was captured from a great distance of a neighboring beach. Because its from a distance the people look much closer together than they were! Not shown on my base image are a line of fishing rods and a fisherman sat […]


morning mist

I was emailed a few weeks ago, asking how to create a mist effectwith textures. My tardy answer is now shown here (sorry Bob!) This image was captured on the mountains last January.I’d not used these particular images because although I shot them in raw, It still had blown out areas.However, with our new textures […]


Moon tree ~ Bonne année !

From Jill and I we’d like to wish you all a gilded Bonne année!Its funny how the best shots are never planned!Yesterday, as it was sunny, I went for a drive in search of fresh images.Its continually maddening that all the best views are from our motorways and they are impossible to access without doing […]


ruined windmill story

Our Southern French countryside is dotted with these ancient stone windmill ruins. There must be hundreds but I’ve seen only a couple that have been restored. The backdrop being our black mountains, which help to protect our Mediterranean coastal plains from the worst excesses of the northern European winter cold.The field contains freshly planted vines, […]


Midwinter…

Another photo from a day trip to a wonderfully frosty Central Otago last winter -many of my photos that day were taken out the car window, a shooting technique I’m getting very practised at as my driver gets sick of me asking him to stop. Anyway in this photo I cropped off some of the […]


m e s s e n g e r

A dull afternoon on the beach found me on my knees trying to get a low level shot. Overcast days are perfect to try moody, grainy textures.The idea behind this picture was ‘a Message in a bottle’, but from the bottles perspective!The Lime Plaster somehow helps give that ‘old distorted glass effect’ . Tex Pack […]


Nostalgia

Cecille Brunner is such a pretty little rose, I have the bush variety and it’s lovely at this time of the year. My mother used to have the climbing version in her old garden, it was a huge bush which scrambled up an old plum tree and was smothered in blossom and seemed to grow […]


Wall Story

We drove past this windmill many times on the way to the beach,situated on a hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean salt marshes.Thankfully we managed to stop a few times at sunset on route home to capture it on camera.I was lucky because it was cut down this year, it was really sad to see the top […]


Flypaper Textures: Cow on the Hill

We visited our “hut” in the country during the weekend, it’s situated beside a river in the midst of farmland so we had sheep over one fence, someone making hay in the paddock over the river and over the road there was a large herd of dairy cows. I processed this lady with Flypaper Textures […]


ape

Whilst on the way to the beach yesterday, with a slight sea mist over the vineyards.I came across this derelict farmhouse in a sea of golden vines.‘Chasse Gardee’ I’m told, means strictly licensed hunters only. Apple Blush – Soft Light Opacity @ 29%Raw Linen – Overlay Opacity @ 100%Necropolis – Overlay Opacity @ 39%Caramel Soft […]


Three routes into mist

Another misty ‘Canal du Midi’ shot, just west of Beziers,our famous local French Atlantic coast to the French Mediterranean sea connection. One of the main reasons for its being built was to avoid having to sail around Spain.Because just over two hundred years ago those pesky Spanish Pirates were quite a problem!This in turn brought […]