This image continues the abstract/extract theme from the last post – using pebble shapes, ripple curves, earthy colours and texture as design elements in the composition.
The photograph was taken near an area known as El Robledal (The Oak Grove) in Granada Province, Spain. Most of the year the ‘stream’ is just a dry bed but in Winter, after some rain, there is a shallow stream draining from the forest. On the day I took the image the stream was very still so to add a little more interest and abstraction to the composition I dropped two very small stones into the stream, outside the camera’s field of view with a short delay between them, to produce two waves of small ripples to add some distortion to the patterns and help create a sense of movement in the image to take the eye across the frame.
Having sorted out the ‘Development’ side of things in Lightroom 5, I applied a ‘Dry brush’ artistic filter in Photoshop CS6 to create a softer, more textural effect.