Moment to Recover
by Joanna Kovalcsik, Vassar, Michigan, USA
Tell Us A Bit About Your Image:
This Chipping Sparrow banged into my French doors during a snowstorm. Shocked and frightened, it sat quietly on the deck for a long time before it could fly again. While it was recovering, I quietly opened the door and took several macro shots of this endearing wee bird. I felt honored and delighted when my photo won First Place Gold in Better Photo's February 2018 Photo Contest and was chosen as Photo of the Day on May 10, 2018.
What textures/background collections did you use from The Daily Texture to create this art?
On this piece, I worked with a texture from Jai Johnson's Immersed in Light Collection.
What software did you use in the creation of this art?
My workflow utilizes Picasa, PSE9, and a variety of Topa z programs and filters. I prefer to do my masking in photoFXlabs.
I can see why Joanna's photo won in the photo contest...this is an excellent artistic presentation of what to others would appear as simply an ordinary moment. Joanna had the creative vision and foresight to turn the photo into art! Thank you, Joanna, for sharing your sweet bird art with my readers! --Jai
Enjoy this video of me creating the owl art "The First Breath of Winter", using the new Road Less Traveled Background. :)
In this video, I show you how I created Morning Crossing using the new Road Less Traveled Background.
by Darren Fisher Taylor
I visited a gorgeous Sunflower field and as you know a photographers brain runs in overdrive at so much color and so many blooms. That even we can mess things up at times. I over exposed this image, it but loved the one sunflower that stood out. So The Daily Texture to the rescue once again. I used a texture and played about with blending modes etc. When I got the image where I liked it I added digital effects for a painting look which worked well with the texture.
I am always inspired by Darren's beautiful work with flowers! I love how he used a square crop with this to really bring the focus onto the flower bloom. Thank you Darren, for sharing your gorgeous sunflower art with the Daily Texture readers! -- Jai
by Nicole Wilde, Santa Clarita, CA, USA
I was lucky enough to spot these 3 hawks during an early morning walk with my dogs at a local park. As you might imagine, the editing process with all of those branches was a labor of love! I enlarged one of Jai's textures so that the lightest part highlighted the birds. The tones and painterly feel of the texture really brought this piece together. -Nicole Wilde
I'm delighted Nicole chose to share this wonderful hawk art in this series, as this is one of my favorite pieces of hers! What a rare opportunity for a fabulous shot, and the work Nicole did to bring the focus onto the hawks is nothing short of amazing. Thank you, Nicole, for sharing! --Jai
Suki in the Fall
by Theo Fenraven, Fort Myers, FL, USA
I took a picture of my dog, lying on a tar road. She looked great, but the road didn't appeal much. So I used one of Jai's backgrounds, and then she looked fabulous. :) --Theo Fenraven
Thank you, Theo! This is a prime example of taking a normal photo and making it GREAT! --Jai
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