Leaves – Behind the Scenes

In case you missed it in my Oct. 17 – 23 weekly recap, here’s a little behind the scenes on one of my Halloween Challenge images.

For this image, I had planned to use these glittery ornately cut leaves I had seen at the dollar store and hadn’t purchased, so i kept putting off this image until I made my way back to get them. That dream never came through however, so I scrolled through my mind of what I had that could be easily cut down into that style of leaf and thought of my dollar store, last December purchased, glittery snowflakes. I went to gather them and instead noticed the little end bits that already looked a bit like leaves. So, I cut off the “leaves.”

I knew I wanted spiraling, dangling leaves, so I wrapped the leaves with the wire I’d used for the image below, then grabbed both my clear and blue clear female figures as options for the shot, then considered ground cover. I’d been inspired by some royal blue, iridescent glitter on a recent Walmart run with my mom, and I grabbed it for the ground cover in my ‘leaves’ shot.

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I wanted a yellow image, but the glitter was blue, so I chose my blue figure and grabbed some blue water color painted pages for my ground beneath the glitter and the image background. An image, fully in one color, means I can edit it to be fully another. Photoshop color replacement wasn’t doing the trick on this one, so I used way more warming filters than I should admit, a color balance layer, and a fully yellow layer set to ‘Darker Color’ blend mode. You can see my unedited original image, the Photoshop layers, and the final image below.

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