Made in the shade

131008 PencilSketch

Saturday was the day of the fifth annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk (look here for walks near you). I watched all summer for the announcement and added the event to my calendar as soon as I knew the date.

I’ve been privileged to attend four out of five years, a couple of times with my daughter and once with my husband. One year I even managed to attend two different walks—I watched the sun rise (gloriously) at the first walk and then, following a frightening lightning storm, watched it set (majestically) at the second. The walks I’ve attended have spanned the width of central Florida—from a nature preserve east of Orlando to a beach in Clearwater on Florida’s west coast. Each of the walks has been unique—from an historic seaside to Disney’s EPCOT to the aforementioned nature preserve—I’ve been rewarded at each one with the companionship and insight of other photographers and, fortunately, with a few memorable photos.

There seemed to be fewer walks in the Tampa area this year than in prior years but, as usual, there was enough variety to appeal to almost anyone. This year’s offerings included, among others, an early morning Gulf of Mexico walk, a camera phone/texture adventure in Ybor City (now mostly a tourist area, but in the early 20th century it was home to Cubans who brought their cuisine and cigar-making tradition to the area), and an architecture exploration at Tampa’s University of South Florida.

I must be getting lazy in my (approaching) old age, because I decided against an early morning walk and opted instead to attend the late-afternoon architecture walk at USF. I’ll admit a sense of ownership and pride for USF: ownership as a result of supporting our daughter’s undergraduate and master’s degrees there; pride from seeing how the university has matured over the nearly 20 years since Karen first started at the school.

Unfortunately, the walk leader turned up ill the day of the walk and ended up cancelling the event. Being an independent soul, I decided to go regardless. I didn’t stay long—this was definitely a situation where I would have benefited from the encouragement and vision of other photographers. On a football Saturday, the campus was mostly deserted…still, I managed this shot of a shady arbor with (bonus!) a lone student in the frame to provide a bit of perspective.

Remembering Brenda’s assertion that every photographer/post processor needs a pencil sketch technique, I decided to try that with this image. In this application, a copy of the background layer set to the Color blend mode (80%) added a hint of the original coloration to the composition. Kim Klassen’s Isobel and I Am textures contributed color and interest to the final product.

Posted for Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday. Image was processed with one layer of Kim’s Isobel texture set to color burn at 80% opacity and one layer of Kim’s I Am texture set to color burn at 20% opacity.

6 thoughts on “Made in the shade

  1. Yes, everyone needs a good pencil sketch technique – and the creativity to know when to use it to such wonderful effect. I am thrilled that you were inspired to give this a go. I really like the sense of depth in this image as the leading lines pull us deeply in to the lone figure. Kudos to you for heading out on the photo walk on your own.

  2. This is great! Love the lone figure and the sketch effect – looks like a book illustration. Thank you for the link too – I don’t have a pencil sketch technique so I should add one to my repetoire (Brenda is usually right about these things!).

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