I love adding textures to my pictures.  When done right they can really enhance and change the mood of a photograph.  Here is a sample of something I was playing around with this morning.

 

 

Original

The original picture

 

Layer a couple of textures:

 

7-24-14 Texture7-24-14 Texture 2

 

Use an ‘overlay’ or ‘soft light’ blending mode … add a little ‘glow’… and you have a more dramatic photograph.

 

7-24-14 Sea Bird

Original

Original

 

I am not satisfied with my final picture… I still have a lot to learn to perfect the look I am after.