“I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick
The photo subject was a group of small vines resembling a section of woven wire fence. Throw in a few bright green, yellow and reddish/orange leaves along with backlighting — nice, but not visually exciting.
How to give something slightly mundane more appeal?
I started with two versions of this image. One with a slight left to right motion blur and the other a still shot. With each image in its own Photoshop layer, the motion blur image on top, I did some slight image alignment and then selected a “darken” blending mode. A little contrast and tonal adjustment in NIK Color Efex Pro gave this result.
To me, it’s like viewing the original scene through a very sheer silk veil — implying a sense of mystery and greater appeal.