For this image I started with a photo of a monarch butterfly on a coneflower in my garden. On top of that I blended two different texture layers with the image to get that elusive point between reality and fading reality. Love the hit of blue, too!!
What began as a fairly ordinary peony photo ended up as a knockout image! Blended with the original image are two different textures. I adjusted each until I was happy with the results. : )
The original photo of the hot air balloon had a wonderful, pale blue sky. However I decided that since nothing about taking a hot air balloon ride is timid, with additional texture layering the image became bolder to live up to its subject matter. The texture is of cement with cracks…so I combined the two polar opposites into the title, “earth + sky”.