Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Caught in the Lights

Something a bit different today! I produced this image  for a challenge over at our  Man Ray group on Flickr . The starting image was a photo of a French gatehouse or pigeonair provided by Paul. After a bit of thought I decided to do a night scene with a car on a road, the rabbit (or hare) was the  next logical step.
Rather than a texture recipe today,  I thought I'd tell you a bit about how I did this.
 I started by gathering together my source images, then it was a matter of cutting the components out, I usually use photoshop's quick selection tool and then a quick mask to clean up the edges. After placing them on the background I then "grounded" them and added shadows The entire image was darkened by using a levels adjustment, this turning daylight into twilight.
Adding the lights from the car was fairly complicated but in general I  used selections and fills to do this.

Once the image was how I'd envisioned, I added a couple of layers of our Chlorophyl flypaper to pull the elements together; one layer added the green tone to the sky, the other helped add depth to the rest of the image.
So many, many layers later, it was done! 

The photo looks much better on  Flickr 

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paulgrand said...

Superb, a remarkable change!:-)

Barry Armer said...

Ahh! Superb!

Perhaps, like me you were a little inspired by the C. Geertsen interview? :-)

Well done!

Borealnz (Jill) said...

Thanks Paul, thanks Barry....and while Corinnes interview was inspiring, I've been doing surreal photos like this on occasion for a few years, just not recently -too busy with texture selling and suchlike :-)

Barry Armer said...

I'm becoming more and more a fan of these type of surreal composites! This one, like I said before, is superb! Thanks for posting the Geertsen interview by the way. I have added Corinne's website to my blog list (along with Flypaper of course).

Keep up the good work! I'm depending on you for part of my inspiration! :-)


Shukura Li said...

wow i love it

its amazing

how long did it take you to complete?


Borealnz (Jill) said...

Thanks everyone!
Shukura probably took me a couple of days to do. The most time consuming part was finding the right source images to use and getting the lighting right.

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