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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hoody that caused a rumpus!


I'm delighted to be able to share my latest image which caused one sad individual on Flickr to accuse me of copying his work! Its also in answer to Bobs question showing how we create fake mist with just our flypaper textures. My original goal was just to achieve a nice image of an English woodland walk, you'll remember I had the PL filter stuck-on so the original image was a little dark.
To counter this I added Apple blush and Raw Linen in soft light @ 100% both from Pack one. I then used Matmos Lake, flipped vertically and desaturated, and blurred to darken the blown-out sky a little.
Here I could have stopped, but it was as they say, a beautifully polished turd! It was OK but uninteresting.

So, after a coffee break an idea came, I'd not liked the end of the avenue, as those two trees ruined it and I also wanted to hide the houses.
This mist idea came about just to obscure the end, so I chose Iorek Ice, blurred it slightly @ 100% and rubbed out everything but a cone shape to fill the end, I blurred more and it spread out, I doubled it up, again and again, adding more and more layers. I then remembered I had a Man Ray contest I should close back on Flickr, and the final idea came to me, the Wolf of the woods! I added the hoody figure I'd previously donated and Voila!
To ground him I added two blurred shadows as the light wasn't really defined in the mist and buried these layers under more layers of mist. Here I could have stopped, it was again ok, but looked kinda flat and gray. So I tried the old Crossed-Processing look I'd used for another couple of pictures. First I flattened the image and saved, then doubled the base, and to the top layer I moved the color sliders until it looked a bright green/blue.

Here's the science bit!

Iorek Ice Screen @ 34% middle of image only edges brushed away and blurred 100%
Iorek Ice Screen @ 52% middle of image only more edges brushed away and blurred 100%
Iorek Ice Screen @ 34% tunnel cone shape opening only, edges brushed away and blurred 100%
Iorek Ice Screen @ 52% tunnel cone shape opening only, edges brushed away and blurred 100%
Iorek Ice Screen @ 52% tunnel cone shape opening only, edges brushed away and blurred 100%
Hooded figure cut-out Luminosity @ 100%
Iorek Ice Screen @ 52% tunnel cone shape opening only, edges brushed away and blurred 100%
Hooded figure copy, flipped upside down and pulled under the first figure to create a shadow, distort shadow with perspective filter.
Shadow, Multiply @ 40%
Shadow Copy pull out of shape and blur slightly Multiply @ 49%
Dorian Gray - Hard light @ 42%
Iorek Ice - Color @ 70% This blanches all the colour from the image.
Iorek Ice Screen @ 32% from top of trees to bottom, but edges brushed away and blurred 100%
Flatten all and save.

Final version after part 2..

Part Two.
Base image in finished state.
Base image copy, Hard Light bright blue colour altered version @ 17%
Balthamos Blue - Soft Light @ 100% Dark edges brushed away from images dark bottom corners
Base image in finished state copied - Soft Light @ 27% just to tone down the bright blue and add more earthy green tones.

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6 comments:

Borealnz (Jill) said...

What a wonderful result! So surreal and atmospheric and so different from the original. great work Paul!

paulgrand said...

Thanks Jill!:-)

karina Manghi said...

Paul, I am so tired of flickr, of people who really copy cat and the others who accuse without no reason... it has really affected my creativity.
Anyway I love your work and you are super generous, some of my favourite pics I edited with your textures and recipes.
Thanks.

paulgrand said...

Thanks Karina! This image was snapped up by Getty as a RM picture, so I guess the deluded Flickr member can now take it up with the Getty legal department, if he dares! :-)

tanya gilmartin said...

this is fantastic! Really great job on the post processing! love the spooky, dreamy feel of the final image.

paulgrand said...

Thanks tanya!:-)

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