Making of - here comes the fear

Hello,

time again for a short texture recipe disguised in the making of a picture. I'd like to show you how you can keep the overall feeling of an already moody picture, while adding some grunge.

Here's the result, though there are two versions. What you see is the one I finally liked best, it's the one where I tried to keep the colors I achieved with my Lightroom processing.
There is another one, that is influenced by the colors that the textures added, which you can check-out at the end of this post.



   


Processing in Lightroom


I took this photo on a rather dark and foggy morning, so I had to do a lot of brightening up and recovering / altering the colors. Generally I tend to take slightly more underexposed images, because I found, that it is easier to brighten parts of a photo that the other way round.

Here is what I started with:

1/125s - f 7,1 - ISO 400

Basically I lightened up the foreground, that brought back the color of the  orange-red leaves.
I changed their color to a more cold red by altering the orange tones to red. Cranking up the whites and playing around with curves lightened up the foggy parts and the colors as well.

Processing with textures


I wanted to keep the tones, but also wanted to have strong textures without dominating the soft misty parts of the photo.
I thought it best to search for more "neutral" textures with soft colors and more or less regular patterns.

I chose three from my last pack October Moods.

Layers





I had to use a clipping mask (the green layer) on theThunder texture, because its blue hues changed the tones too much to the cold blue hues. 

The Silverstone texture added the desired grunge effect on the top of the trees, but was too much for the trees and the distant light in the middle. Therefore I had to erase parts of it using a layer mask.

The Misty texture added further subtle texture patterns and light using the Overlay blend mode.


Finally here is a small version of the image without activated clipping mask, that feels colder and altered the greenish-blue hues to colder blue ones:




You can find my textures here:


or here: 


Thanks for your attention!

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