Forgive me this tangent from the usual photo art discussion to one of fandom. Every year, this is the day my psyche seems to take a deep breath and say, “made it through another one”. It’s a feeling of pure joy, dropping into the alternate reality of baseball. Opening Day in the major leagues (capitalization on purpose). The weather has turned pleasant, the air is sweet, the birds are singing, and the cares of the world slide into the background as Hope re-emerges. Hope. A good thing. Maybe the best of things.
Aside from texturing, the lighting added to this photo makes it stand out; lighting effects being one of my primary tools for creating art. The Cubs logo being, of course, a separate image that I layered on top of the art. Then I selected a few of the leaves surrounding it, and laid it over the top of that, thus creating the effect of the logo emerging from the ivy. A final couple global filters came next to tie the pieces together.
All my life I have had to learn to do things differently. To see the world differently.