Week 19

Exploring this week's edits with an overlay of Deep Space Lilies

  Deep Space Lilies   Sweetwater Wetlands Park, Gainesville, FL

Deep Space Lilies
Sweetwater Wetlands Park, Gainesville, FL

...but when we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
— Johin Muir, Travels in Alaska

The infinite beauty of the universe is so captivating. Especially when we find elements of space on earth in the tiniest of particles. In keeping with the space theme from last week I thought I would approach week 19 using Deep Space Lilies as an overlay on the raw image. This image is a darker complement to Space Lilies (see week 18), and evokes the feeling of moving through deep space. The mist gliding across the water and the twinkling stars really make the piece.

I love experimenting with blend modes when I overlay images. You can take an image to new heights through each mode. If you're not familiar with blend modes they basically control how pixels in one image (or layer) interact with pixels from another. Brightness values on each image play a big role in the results produced from the different types of blend modes. There are 27 different blend modes in Photoshop. This is a very oversimplified explanation of blend modes. Adobe has a nice article on each blend mode here if you care to read further. My favorite blend mode to date has been Difference. I'm always pleased with the effects regardless of what I used as an overlay.

Overall, I loved using Deep Space Lilies for this week's edits. It was fun to take both images to a new dimension together. Some of the edits have an interstellar quality about them while others have a fantastical feel to them. The angle of the mist on the water really adds a sense of motion in some of the edits. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite this week. Do you have a favorite? Or suggestions for future edits? Perhaps questions about my process? Leave them in the comments! I'd love to hear and learn from you. Thanks for your support!