Dusky Echinacea by OpalFire

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Experimenting with textures to achieve a light vintage pastel effect. It’s strange, you have an idea in your mind, but often the end result isn’t quite what you envisaged. But it has a certain straggly appeal.

AND… for those of you who know of my struggles with layer masks and painting with black and white, this image has been achieved using those techniques!

Textures courtesy of Coffeshop Actions

Canon EOS 50D, f2.5 50mm compact macro lens, f4, exp 1/160.


  • John Dewar
    John Dewaralmost 4 years ago

    Just the job Opal – seems you’ve totally nailed ‘light, vintage, pastel’ – Well done indeed!

  • Thank you, John – it’s an effect I’ve been trying to achieve for some time. :o)

    – OpalFire

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...almost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous work, Maggie, and I’m so proud of you for doing this with layer masks!

  • Thank you, Celeste for your comment and your encouragement and advice. :o)

    – OpalFire

  • Christine Annas
    Christine Annasalmost 4 years ago

    I like the way it turned out, vintage with a fresh new look! Beautiful!!!

  • Thank you, Christine, all a bit trial and error… so glad you like it. :o)

    – OpalFire

  • Lynda Heins
    Lynda Heinsalmost 4 years ago

    Just gorgeous!

  • Thank you so much, Lynda. :o)

    – OpalFire

  • Babcia
    Babciaalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work of Art! I never use the black and white for my textures. I just use the eraser. It is much easier.

  • Thank you, Barbara, so glad you like it. I think I might agree with you regarding the eraser – it is much easier at times. Although I found when I made a mistake I had to start all over again which was a bit frustrating. :o))

    – OpalFire

  • Sprezzatura
    Sprezzaturaalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work, Maggie. Love the pastel and subtle background. Cat:)

  • Thank you so much, Cat for your lovely comment. :o)

    – OpalFire

  • MarieG
    MarieGalmost 4 years ago

    Amazing result…lovely image!

  • Thank you so much, Marie. :o)

    – OpalFire

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...almost 4 years ago

    Whatever you did girl.. keep on doing it because this is just outstanding.. so gorgeous and so soft and so absolutely delightfully dreamy…… Congratulations on getting together with layer masks.. I’m sure you’ll come to wonder how you worked without them…

    Beautiful beautiful beautiful!

  • Thank you, Katherine! The joys of the internet… discovered a way of achieving the ‘vintage’ look… I’m slowly getting to grips with the layer masks… thanks for your help too. :o))

    – OpalFire

  • Jeff Burgess
    Jeff Burgessalmost 4 years ago

    Yes, this works well. Very nice indeed.

  • Thank you so much, Jeff, glad you like it. :o)

    – OpalFire

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...almost 4 years ago

    a beautiful shot here, stunning,dawnx

  • Thank you, Dawn! :o))

    – OpalFire

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