A bit of down time provides time to experiment – with an image. I’ve been working my way through the March 2012_London folder on the hard drive, weeding out the rubbish and finding quite a few images that had never been processed before.
Images that on first sight are uninspiring and yet contain strong lines are always canvases on which I enjoy experimenting. The starting point after the usual tidying-up processing tasks is to think: what if I tried this? And in this case it was colour solarization. [In Photoshop go to Filter/Stylize/Solarize, or if you possess Topaz plug-ins use the Adjust Plug-in, select the Stylize Collection and you should find four Solarized pre-sets near the foot of the list].
A colour solarization is always a leap into the unknown – the results are unpredictable and once you have adjusted levels back in Photoshop if the initial result looks unimpressive then try inverting the image (it’s just like going from positive to negative or vice-versa).
In this particular example, I was excited by the result. It reminded me of the work of Piet Mondrian whose work I enjoyed seeing so much at the Turner Contemporary in Margate two years back.
A slightly different (tighter) crop of the resulting image is shown above. Personally I think I prefer the tighter crop – it has a simplicity that the headline image lacks. You may think differently – do post a comment.
And finally, below is a thumbnail of the original image that I worked on. At first glance it doesn’t look very promising, but first impressions are not always reliable.
Remember – click on any image to see a higher quality enlargement.