photo recipe | {nice texture} | bottle tree photography | love that shot

January 14, 2015  •  1 Comment

 

Long after the branches had grown bare from the winds of fall, a hint of something beautiful still remained.  Secured to the only leaf still attached to our maple tree was a curious little cocoon.  It survived perfectly in tact for months with no protection by the leaves from the elements.  I had to photograph it!  To the touch, I would liken its feeling to that of a nice worn paper bag.  It was completely hollow and vacant, but exquisite, nonetheless.  Attached by nature's super adhesive, I was most surprised at how fragile it was NOT.  Although this angle doesn't reflect the magnificence, it appeared to be coated by a dusting of gold shimmers.

What creature could make something so wonderful?  

A quick text to a nature-savvy acquaintance led me to believe that this was the cocoon of a luna moth.  

See how beautiful they are throughout their life cycles here.

Before photo of the moth's cocoon: 

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After some basic edits in Lightroom, I was unhappy with some of the light banding that appears in the background.  

One quick fix is to apply a texture to the image. 

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Love that Shot offers a quick all-in-one texture action that does all of the dirty work for you.  I chose a texture called Salerno from the Olde World Collection.  The effect looked best around 60% opacity using a soft light blending mode in Photoshop.

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I love feeling like I have the best tools to enhance my images!  Here is a before and after demonstrating the effect of the texture:

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I also love that every moment behind the lens gives unexpected, beautiful surprises!

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Comments

1.Karen Olson(non-registered)
What a unique and beautiful specimen! Your treatment of it soft yet intriguing, equally beautiful. Thank you so much for showing us.
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