I was born in the summer, I am a child of the sun sign, I am happiest when the sky is sunny and blue and warms my skin. Having said that I am truly envious of you who live in areas that are currently experiencing summer or are at least warmer with plants blooming and the landscape turning greener. Oh sure summer can be a cruel mistress too with temps that are too darn high but I ramble. This cute little birdhouse is from the backyard of a friends house in Galena, Ohio. I needed to see something to remind me that warmer days and greener plants are just around the corner so I decided to tinker with the image to enhance the idea of warmth and sun.
A texture layer from Kim Klassen. This one is called Isobel after one of the Downton Abbey characters.
Next, there was some levels adjustments and a bit of define and sharpen before I added the texture layer on top of the birdhouse. I used the vivid light blending mode at 24% which resulted in a pretty good image but I really wanted to convey summer haze and light so I bumped the brightness up to 3 and the contrast to 19 which gave me the look I was going for. Now if only Spring would show up…..