A Take on Reflections
I have been photographing reflections for quite a long time and even had them in a gallery exhibit. This time I decided to work with these reflections using textures and adding more of an abstract feel to them. All the images were photographed in Manhattan. The image above I used textures by Dirk Wuestenhagen and Distressedtextures. When I looked at the original image I found it was boring in terms of color but the composition of lines and patterns intrigued me so I added tone and contrast in Topaz Clarity then played with the colors and filters in Photoshop CS6 and finished it in Nik Color Efex 4. I used color to emphasize the abstract quality to it. Basically you don’t have to live with what you photographed initially. For me, the initial photograph will have the composition I want but color, contrast, texture, adding different elements to make a montage is where I push the creativity. I was trained as a purist in photography and then realized I really wanted to create my own reality, my own world through my photographs. It’s more about emotion, mood, beauty than anything else. Well, fun too!
The image below I used textures from Distressed textures and Phlearn’s Bokeh textures. The original image was pretty close to this but flat so I put it through the Topaz Clarity and Nik Color Efex 4 filters. Added the textures to give it a different quality.
This image is pretty close to what was in camera, I did put it through Topaz Clarity and Nik Color Efex 4 for tonal quality and contrast. Texture by Distressedtextures. I was attracted to the shadows and window patterns when I photographed this.