This post is just a bit of playing around with Photoshop, really. I’ve had Photoshop CS3 for years but still love messing about with the “filters” options. They are such an easy way of creating a special effect with no artistic talent whatsoever!
As the basis for these experiments I used this image of the autumn view through my window…
It’s such a bright time of year, with the Mahonia media “Charity” coming into full yellow bloom. Then there is the red of the Cotinus “Notcutt’s variety”, the golden leaves of maple and a green conifer on the left.
The white line up the middle is an annoyance, but the window frame got in the way and if I slid the two half-pictures together you would see the join anyway.
Here are some versions of the image using different Photoshop filters – just a few from dozens I tried!
Looking at the view, I was constantly singing “Red gold and green” – which is a line from the chorus of Boy George and Culture Club’s Karma Chameleon from the 1980s:
Loving would be easy if your colours were like my dreams,
Red gold and green, red gold and green.
Watch the video here. I have no idea what the song is about, but at the time it was pointed out that red, gold and green are the colours used by the Rastafari. This is because they worship Haile Selassie, emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974 and red, gold and green are the colours of the Ethiopian flag. The flag still features these colours, although it has been through many changes.
But back to my garden, which I now realise looks more like pink, gold and green in these pictures, but never mind, we can still play…
So there you have it – my colourful view is rapidly fading now as winter nears and the red and gold leaves are falling, revealing bare branches. But it was great while it lasted…