I have missed the past few AB Friday Forums due to my schedule. It has been a bit hectic so I thought I would make an abstract that reflected my life lately: hectic, full of color and a bit blurry.
To do this, I started with a picture taken on my recent trip to Jamaica. It shows some local paintings of various Jamaican scenes. They are in vivid colors with stark black contrasts.
To make an abstract, I have no set list of steps. It is just what the name suggests – a difficult to explain process. According to dictionary.com, abstract art is “
I just keep playing around with different filters and steps until I like what I see. Sometimes I revert a few steps if I don’t like the direction it is going, or if the next attempt is just too much.
As you can see, it is not a prescribed list of steps that would work on any given photo. It also depends on the photographer’s style and mood. Assuredly, not all viewers will like all abstracts as well. Just like any photography, sometimes it really speaks to people, and sometimes…not at all.
As a summary of my recent activities, this abstract reflects my life.
To get this look, here are the steps I took in Photoshop CS5:
- Created another layer of the photo. (This way I could go back to the original as needed and discard my attempts if I got to far and didn’t like them.)
- Applied the Poster Edge filter with an edge thickness of 7, edge intensity of 5, and posterization of 5.
- Added the Liquify option. (All I can say for this part is that I ran the mouse all over the photo in random lines and swirls as I wanted. This pulls parts of the photo here and there.)
- Applied the Paint Daub filter with a brush size of 7, sharpness of 6 and a type of wide blurry.
- Flipped the edited layer horizontally over the original. Now, only a part of the photo was showing.
- Applied HDR Toning to the photo (this merges the two layers together, which doesn’t mater as the original was hidden behind the top distorted layer anyway) that included these settings: details -100, saturation -27, vibrance +63 and strength +1.27.
And bam, you have an abstract.
To me, this photo screamed bold color for the fun I had. However, the colors are somewhat muted, showing some restraint on the fun due to some issues. The haphazard lines of the photo are very symbolic for my thoughts over the last few weeks. They were all over the place.
What do you see when you see this? Or, what would you have tried with this photo?
If you are not familiar with the AB Friday Forum, please go to Stacy’s blog, Visual Venturing. She posts a ton of great photos, and on forum days, she includes some great videos tutorials on how to do a variety of edits. It really is wonderful.
For the AB Friday Forum, she lists all the links of the contributors, with their after-before photos as well. And once a month, the photographers in the AB Friday community, edit the same photo. This is a special treat as we all get to see a number of interpretations of editing on the same photo.
It truly is a great challenge so I urge you to check it out. Just click on the badge to go to Stacy’s post for this week.