Spent ages the other week taking photos round the town . . . . all the tourists were facing the harbour taking pictures of the boats and the sea . . . . been there done that . . . I had my nose pointed in a very different direction . . . wanted something a bit grittier to add to what I'm calling my 'Industrial' pictures.
The fishing fleet here is still a going concern and European Union money means there is going to be all new facilties to service the fleet. The new building is still mostly scaffolding and just what I was looking for.
So, the photo above is desaturated and tweaked a bit in Brightness/Contrast to give it a bit more punch. Levels gives you a more subtle effect but subtlety is not what I'm after when making brushes so I tend to use the Brightness/Contrast. Usually I whack up the contrast even more than this and then make it into a brush but I thought I'd try Threshold for a change.
This is a minimun amount of Threshold . . . . takes all the detail out but give you a really contrasty look.
Here I've made it into a Brush so that I can layer stuff above and below it. It now has a multitude of uses. I've discovered the wonderful world of Youtube Photoshop tutorials and definitely watched one yesterday that had something to do with using threshold only I was watching so many that I can't remember any of it now!! Bit like eating an entire packet of sweets in one go and then feeling sick!! What's my motto? That's right - if one is good then more is better.