I can't get away from the realization that a lot of the images that I love have actions and textures applied to them. I think the most successful ones are those that use them in a way that brings out the feeling of the photograph without really being noticed - the image is what shines. When I use them, though, I feel so silly - especially with the actions. I feel like I've "cheated". I'd like to know your thoughts on this, please.
Also, here is an image that I've used an action and applied a texture to. I'd really appreciate your fresh eyes and input.
(Hmm! Now, I wish that I had added borders. Please, if you would view them in the light box - they're much better that way, in this instance. But, then, you have to come back and read the explanation of what they are!)
This is the image with only the action.
This is the image post processed in iphoto. I left it a bit dark and saturated because I knew that the action would wash it out a bit. I don't like this image on it's own. Every way that I post processed it, it looked too pristine which is ridiculous for a falling apart Cassell's and wild, antique roses.
Again, I'd appreciate your observations. I need help knowing what to think about all of this! Thanks much!