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Hi there,

this is only a short look back on some pics I produced in 2014.

Hope you enjoy and have a wonderful and creative 2015!!!














All pics processed with my textures (or others ;-) some on iPhone, some with PS on my iMac.

Check out my textures here: TEXTURE PACKS

See you in 2015!
Thanks, Dirk

Carry On - Evolution of a Picture

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Hello,
today I wanted to present a picture that I really liked from the beginning, but that I had great difficulties to process. I took several attempts on several levels of the processing to achieve the final look and feeling of the picture.

Here is the final result:


Recently I love playing around with / processing winter images, I especially love cool blue tones in combination with red or orange leaves. The above picture features less red leaves, but another component that I like: a solitary person passing by. This always adds something mysterious and kind of tells a story.

The Start - Lightroom

I started with this picture -

As you can see it i nothing too special about this picture, but still I liked the overall atmosphere of this misty dark winter afternoon. I also had the feeling that this might be not so easy, because the many trees and elements would make it hard to focus on the little person.

Next I chose one of the Lightroom presets I made for snowy sceneries and tweaked the …

Color gradients and textures II

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Hello,
as mentioned before, I often use color gradients in my work. I must admit, that this is somehow inspired by my work for the app Stackables and of course by the possibilities gradients offer to enhance moods and atmospheres in pictures.

I have created a set of 30 color gradients, that I often use in my work and made it available to purchase on Creative Market here:

30 Fine art retro color gradients




Examples

To demonstrate the effect two of these gradients have please have a look at the following images:

Unprocessed version

Processing One
I wanted the light tones closer to the lawn in front to add a more coherent fell to the image. Please take a look at the Photoshop layers for this picture:


The gradient layer made all the difference in this - additionally I chose two textures to support the the tones of the image and enhance the fog a bit.

Textures are from AUTUMN HAZE PACK

Processing Two

In this I wanted the sky to have a warm orange/red tone that is more associated with a sunrise.…

Black Friday Sale & 10 new textures with frames

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Hello,

over the next 5 days you can save 25% on my Texture Packs by entering the coupon code

BLACK14
at the check out. This code is only valid until Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014 - so you better hurry while it is valid.




I also added 10 new textures with frames that give a wonderful old time style to your pictures not unlikely like the ones in the Vintage Film & Photography Pack.

Scroll to the end of the Build Your Own Texture Pack gallery to find them


Have a nice weekend!

Dirk

Pick Your Own ARTISTIC Pack - 16 new painterly textures added

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Hello,
I have just added 16 new textures to the Build Your Your Own texture pack !!!



These were created over the last months some of them to be used in the app Stackables, that I am contributing textures, gradients and filters to.

The build your own gallery now features over 150 textures to chose from!

Prices are
10 textures for 7.90 € / 11 US$
20 textures for 14,90 € / 19 US$
30 textures for 19,90 € / 27 US$
40 textures for 24,90 € /33 US$

I processed the following picture with two of the new textures:




Fall 2014 discount
Remember there is currently a 15% discount on all texture packs. All you have to do is to enter the coupon code

FALL2014

at the checkout to benefit from it!

Thanks very much,
Dirk

Fall Frame - softly textured Vertorama / Fall Promo

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Hello,
it is that time of the year again that I really love to capture.
I still have to wait for the right weather over here, but the forecast is very promising for the next days, so I better get my gear ready...

Going through my shots from last fall, my eyes fell on two shot. First I didn't realized that they had a lot of potential. These were ideal candidates for a moody and misty autumn vertorama.

A vertorama is a vertical panorama of two or more shots merged together in Photoshop or any other suitable software.  Have a closer look at this technique here:

Autumnly World Vertorama

First I'd like to show you the result of my work: Please move over the picture to see the before/after

Preparing the files
I started out with two photos that I had to capture with different settings.  I knew that I wanted to blend these two, but the problem was the dark foreground and the very bright sky with the sun about to come through the mist.

That meant I had to process them differently - I sta…

Making of FLUX

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Hello,
I am quite busy at the moment...
I started collecting my Lightroom presets and categorized them. So expect some of them as a pack in the future. I became aware that I use them quite often before I proceed adding textures in Photoshop. One can easily set a mood & tone and there is still the opportunity to play around with the settings to accommodate the image it was used upon.

This was the case with my image FLUX.






Here is a sequence of the main stages






The original picture was shot around noon on a stormy day in the south of the island La Palma /Canary Islands. This rocky beach belongs to the volcanic part of the island, there is barley a plant only black lava stones and ash. The first picture is out of the cam, before I applied a Lightroom preset. These kind of landscapes or seascapes are ideal for my kind of surreal treatment. The hardest thing sometimes is to find the right tones for the mood I want to express. A lot of this is experimenting until I have the feeling "…

My images used as bookcovers

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Hello,
this morning I encountered another work of mine on the cover of a book that has recently been published in Italy. I thought this a good moment to show some covers and pictures that you won't know from me, because I never posted them before.
I must admit, that it has been a goal / a dream of mine when I started with photography, to find my stuff used as a book - or record cover one day.





Occasionally I had been asked to provide a picture and sold them to smaller publishers or musicians, but since I am working with larger picture libraries, especially with Trevillion Images.
Recently I submitted my 100th accepted picture and I am keen on adding more and see the one or the other on many more books.
Big thanks to them!

I also had the pleasure to work with Jazz musician Dhafer Youssef on his latest album. I save the story of this work for a later post.


 Comparison actual picture / book 


My pic Faked Dreamtime is the image I talked about earlier. It is also a book cover where I a…

New Vintage Film & Photography Pack out + August Discount

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Hello to all,
I am proud o announce my new

Vintage Film & Photography Pack
Over the last weeks I created a pack of 27 handmade textures and overlays reminiscent of old vintage glass negatives / tin types and emulsion plates. I hope you will find, that I caught their essence quite well.



Please take a closer look at the textures over on my hompage:

Vintage-Film-Photography-Pack
They are 19.90€ / app. 27 US$
But you can benefit from my August discount of -20% until the end of the month by entering the coupon code:
August
at the check-out!!!



How to apply them

I only used two textures on this foggy forest scene.
In general I would recommend to use the lighter colored textures with the Multiply or Overlay/ Soft Light blend mode. The dark ones add a lot of grit, grain and other effects. These you should start to use in Screen or Lighten blend mode.
Of course, you can always play around a see what works best for you!




Here is also a small screenshot of the layers :


Thanks very much and have a …

New Clouds & Sky textures added + reduced prices

Hi,
I added a couple of abstract sky-scapes and cloud and sky inspired textures to my

build-your-own-texture-pack - gallery

Examples

To illustrate the effect you can achieve with these kind of overlays/textures I added some recent works where I used them to make more out of the skie's negative space.
Move over the pictures to see the before and after effect!

To learn more on how to apply skies to your landscape shots I'd like to suggest reading my blog posts
Texturizing Skies and Texturizing Negative Space

New Price Structure
Good news - essentially every textures pack is much cheaper than before.... the price of one texture within a pack is down to app. 1 US$ as opposed to 1€ before!!
Have a nice week! Dirk