*** myPhotoWalk — Photo Artistry ***

So I decided that I wanted to capture some new images of flowers. I happened to be in Trader Joe’s and found some beautiful calla lilies in unusual colors. I especially loved the purple one because it shows off the interesting and unusual curves of the flower.

I spent an afternoon taking many photos with my Nikon D810 and Micro-Nikkor 200mm lens in manual focus mode. It was a lot of fun and one of those rare times when you just get in the zone appreciating the beauty of the details in God’s creation.

When I brought this image into my computer I immediately loved it and thought that it looked like a beautiful sculptured vase standing elegant and tall. So I knew this image was destined for a photo artistry image.

One thing I wanted to maintain with this image was the simplicity and elegance. And yet, I wanted to communicate a message. That was my greatest challenge.

To process the image of this flower I added a very small opacity of Topaz Glow. Then I brought it into Topaz Impression and added a Georgia O’Keefe filter and applied it only to the flower, effectively smoothing out the lines and curves.

Now it was time to work on the background. I added a Kathleen Clemons Wonderland texture and two ON1 textures all at varying opacities. I still wanted something more for the background, something elegant that would add artistry to this image. I chose a vector image with swirls to play up the curves of this incredible lily. I used an overlay blend mode then reduced the opacity so that it was barely visible. Then I added a layer mask and painted in the calla lily so no texture would appear on the flower.

I knew immediately what verse I wanted for this image — Ephesians 2:10. I used Helvetica Neue as my main font but wanted something special for the drop cap “M”. I originally chose one that had a lot of swirl to it, but in the end it was just too much. I finally landed on Monet for the font and I like it because it resembles Monet’s actual “M” in his signature.

And so, I pray that when you are wondering about your own significance in the scheme of things, may you think of the beauty and elegance of this calla lily, and always remember who you are and whose you are.

You are God’s masterpiece.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!


myPhotoWalk Devotional

We are God’s Masterpiece.
Ephesians 2:10

myPhotoWalk Technical

  • Title: Masterpiece
  • Description: A purple calla lily in Palm Desert, California, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 10/21/16
  • Camera: Nikon D810, Micro-Nikkor 200mm, FL 200mm, ISO 1250, f/16, 1/16sec.
  • Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk PhotoShoot in Palm Desert, California, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, Nik Software, Topaz Software, ON1 Software.
  • Copyright ©2017 Catherine Martin – myPhotoWalk™ – Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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