uuglypher wrote:Hi, Linda,
To my eye the texture distracts significantly from the heron as a significant contributor to the image's composition...Dave
Dave, thanks so much for your thoughtful comments and observations. The bird was an added element as I experimented with the photo in pp. By contrast, #1 below, while shot as a quick burst as the bird took flight, was fully visualized and pursued in pp to this end (a much less intrusive texture has been added - in two doses). I knew I would be doing "something" to the second image below because I was shooting into super-harsh, low angle sun. I envisioned silhouette all along, and when I opened in my editor, I explored what I could do with color and texture. I'm particularly fond of both of these, even though #2 is basically a one-click texture addition.
I think of texture application as simply one way of expressing my art expression - humble as it may be :) and really no different from using infra-red or black & white (particularly b&w when the result has been dodged and burned significantly in order to direct the viewer), HDR or soft focus...on and on.
Sure, there are times I find more interest in the edited result than I do in the original (an attempt to "improve"), but often I like the result as much as, or more than, the original, such as the yellow-headed blackbird here, because the edits help convey a mood or feeling that documentary would not.
One that you enjoyed from another forum is #3 below. It has the same gentle texture as the yellow-headed blackbird (in pink rather than blue), and some other effects, including as you noted in your original comments, high key. And also a bit of Topaz "painting."
Like you, I enjoy subtle results that don't scream "texture" (or any other specific pp for that matter), but I like the in-your-face too. Remembering the first year I started with Topaz Simplify: I look back on some and cringe, but many others I still like a lot. All part of the journey and joy, yes?
Thanks again for your viewpoint and time!