Happy Monday! As you look at the photo posted here, you will surely recognize it from one I showed you not too long ago. Sometimes, after living with a photo for awhile, I feel like it needs something different, or, maybe I just want to play with it a bit more post-processing. With this image, I wasn’t sure the total black background of the original was the best for it. I knew I wanted something with texture and color, but certainly didn’t want to overwhelm the leaf. First, I needed a new backaground. The texture I was looking for had to have a small and fairly inconspicuous pattern. I settled on a portion of a concrete block and photographed that in open shade. Next, I turned to color. I wanted to stay within this red-orange/green color scheme, which is quite a dynamic one in the realm of art and design, and tried various shades of both colors until I found this shade of green, using the hue-saturation tool, that appeared to blend nicely with the leaf. With both the original image and the new background open in Photoshop CS5, I selected the entire new background, copied it, and pasted it into my original as a new layer. Then I turned off the old black layer and rearranged my layers so that the new background was, indeed, in the background. The original leaf was by itself on a transparent layer, which made it easier to change backgrounds. I would love to know how you feel about these two images. Which one makes you look twice? Drop me a line and let me know!