NOTE: Capitalized words within the text signify Photoshop (CS6) or Topaz
Dates refer to a Blog Post of that date in which the image here was posted.
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October 24, 1917
The geese were shot against a boring pale blue sky; the sunset, probably at the Jersey shore. In Photoshop I used the Magic Wand tool to select the blue sky and then chose Inverse under Selection. That left just the geese selected which I Copied and then Pasted on to the sunset image. Insure that both images are the same size and resolution.
October 24, 2017
(1) The Candy Corn was spread on a glass plate suspended above my camera. The developed image was then Distorted in Photoshop by dragging the upper corners to left and right. This gave a sense of perspective by making the “overhead” pieces of candy larger than those at the bottom or (distant) end of the image. I then overlaid this onto an interesting red-sky sunset from my files, and reduced the opacity of the overlay to taste.
(2) The moon was from my file; the carved pumpkin from a fall garden shop shoot. I combined them in Photoshop, overlaid them onto the Candy Corn sky image, and reduced the opacity.
(3) The grasses were from a Lancaster County, PA file image. I overlaid the moon-candy image and then used a mask to expose the grasses.
A larger version of this image can be seen by clicking here.
The gigantic “pink” moon.
April 11, 2020
This moon’s day job is as a lighted accent piece on the garden table in my sun room.
The trees are real and are part of my view from the sun room.
In Photoshop I changed the tree scene into a Black & White image, darkened it and, knowing where I would position the moon, cropped off some of the left. I then used a Selection tool to isolate the plastic moon from its stand. I ran it through Topaz AI Clear to enhance detail and then added some color and contrast. The resulting image was placed as a second layer behind the trees and positioned and resized to where I wanted it. I wanted to see surface details but I also wanted to be able to see tree branches in front of it. I then Blended the two images using the Multiply selection under Blend.
This is the image which was created for the Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club’s summer calendar for 2020. Because of Covid the calendar wasn’t published as the summer events couldn’t be scheduled with any assurance that they could be held but the image was still used to herald the season opening.
Since the club faces westerly I knew I couldn’t do a composition with the sun rising on its face; it would have to be rising from behind. I began with this image of the club made in 2011.
I selected the two automobiles (one at a time) with the Lasso Tool. Then I hit the Delete Key and selected Content Aware. That nicely removed the vehicles. Next I used the Magic Wand tool to select the blue sky and light cloud cover. Using Inverse in Selection I was able to select just the building, things to the right and left, and the foreground as seen here. Unfortunately this took out part of the flagpole and its yardarm and gaff which I restored in the final by cloning them in from the original.
The sunrise was waiting; I had captured it one morning in 2016. I was captivated by the tone variations in the cloud puffs and by the so-called God-beams that radiated out through the morning humidity.
So, I then copied the cloudless club house image above and applied it as a layer on the sunrise image. Some tweaks here and there and restoration of the flagpole parts and it was done.
For the sunrise, unfortunately, the camera was aimed roughly east-southeast so the scene could astronomically never have been in the nor’-nor’east behind the club. Mea culpa but it made a great image as seen at the opening of this section.