Fortunate that I caught this sunny break on Xmas eve
while the snow still looked fresh and these hydrangeas seemed peaceful,
resting their head on the snow just like on a pillow.
"Winter Slumber #1"
This is not a SOOC picture
but this is as close as you'll get with me.
I've done some photoshop on it,
but I'm not telling what.
Let's just say it is enough for me to be unable to claim this as SOOC...
I can't remember if I've really ever posted SOOC pictures.
"Winter Slumber #2"
I then did a black-and-white version which I liked well enough but...
I clicked on the "fade" button and checked out the blending option
as I had laid my B&W version on top of the original.
I went for "hard light" and tweaked it further more to get this.
I love how this single branch juts out of the shadow,
casting its own graceful shadow on the snow,
while the rest remains in the darkness.
"Winter Slumber #3"
I had to try textures because I love those.
Picked one of my most often used,
resized it to fit my picture and tried it this way and that.
I am now thinking I should have partly erased the texture
over the head of this hydrangea at the front,
but I'll let it be for now.
It still stands out from the rest well enough.
"When Death's Shadow Hovers About"
I then went back to the first picture in this series,
made it square and made a flipped version of it,
to lay it on top of the first one.
Further alterations mainly in the blending mode gave me this.
Near abstract yet the subject is still recognizable.
A battle between Life and Death!!
"Eye of the Storm"
Now going off the deep end,
I made a copy of the previous picture which I rotated at 90 degrees,
laid it on top of the other and started blending.
Some diffused glow,
total noise reduction and other f/x,
I think I've played enough with this one.
Is there a shrink in the house to analyse this last one?!?