Hi art friends.

I’m changing up my photo work flow a bit to work on non-Takashima images on occasional weeknights, leaving my weekends free to work on Takashima.

Tonight’s post is another images in the Shoot Through Things You Find Around The House. The subject are feathers in my studio. I took several photos of the features; this one is the best of the bunch. I didn’t think so at the time of shooting, but now that I’ve shot through other items and processed the images, I like this image more and more.

The first item I tried shooting through was cheesecloth. I cut a piece large enough to cover my lens, carefully pulled the threads apart to make a hole for the center of the lens and attached it with a hair tie.

The feathers are a crow feather I found near home, picked up with latex gloves and disinfected before I stuck it in my studio; a little feather spray from one of Bill’s hats; and an eagle feather from my mom*.

I processed the raw image in Lightroom and applied the Tiny Details Preset 4. In Photoshop, I duplicated the layer and ran High Pass on it, set to Overlay. I applied two Tiny Details Overlays, 13 and 10, added a layer mask to remove the grunge and scratches from the feather. The texture on the eagle feather is from the cheesecloth. I added a 50% grey layer and burned the dark areas of the image.

I like the dreamy quality of the image; the contrast between the lines of the wood panel and the colors of the feather and the blur of the feathers on the top of the image.

While I like the dreamy quality the cheesecloth brings to the party, I find it adds a lot of white blur to the image. For this image, I dampened that lightness down with a burn layer. The next time I shoot through cheesecloth, I would probably close down the aperture to let in less light. I tend to prefer under-exposed images to over-exposed images. More of a dreamy sense of foreboding than dreamy daydream feeling.

Maybe tea dying the cheesecloth would take care of that. I’ll try it and post the results.

Happy creating!