This week’s Visual Toolkit project was about using color to unify a set of images. As usual, I started out with an idea and then realized I needed to go a different way once I finally got started. My idea was to use a green and gold color palette for a set of beach shots. Well, as you can see……that’s not exactly what I ended up with.
Peter and I focus on nature photography, but I found my day at Avila Beach to be creatively stimulating. It was a different environment, subject matter……well just different, and I had a lot of fun. I’ve committed to try to change up my environment more often and break out of my comfort zone.
I decided to use a series of images that showed different things people do at the beach. I played with different color palettes using Topaz’s Restyle, and ultimately decided to pick a palette that supported the subject…..blue and gray with a touch of peach (although, I still secretly harbor a desire for green and gold…..maybe I’ll take this series, or similar images, and texturize them with those colors).
Some of these images were taken with the Lensbaby Edge 80 optic. I am bound and determined to become proficient with this lens in the new year (as well as my canon 65 mm)……now that I’ve put it out there, I’m sure I can count on people to hold me to it.