I generally don't do much to my photos when I edit, other than to choose which images are well composed or would make the best story, correct overexposed or underexposed images, occasionally enhance the colour if the photographic image doesn't match what my eyes saw, and add my watermark. To me, that is all part of digital photography. Where it crosses the line into the creative arts, however, is when I create scenes that never existed, either by combining several images into one, or by using special effects that go beyond mere enhancement. The second eagle image yesterday demonstrated the use of special effects. But did you know that one of the images I used two posts ago was digitally created from five photos? Yes, five!
Remember this image?
The above image never happened. Well, I did see numerous red winged blackbirds on my fence that day, but every time I tried to get a group shot, most flew away. When I uploaded the individual shots, however, I loved some of the postures - the blackbird strutting forward with one leg on one fence board, one on another, for example.
Most of the five shots I used for the composite were far from perfect - crooked, or distant, or partially out of focus. Here's what the other four original images looked like, after a bit of straightening and cropping, which are the first couple of steps in the process:
Then I straightened some more, cropped some more, and using the last photo as the base, added each of the other images one at a time as multiple overlays, carefully zooming and shifting to match up the tops and sides of the fence boards, erasing parts of the overlay that I didn't want, and adjusting colours where the exposure differed, until I had what looked like four birds walking on the top of the fence while another fluttered onto the cone below. A little more tweaking to sharpen and clarify the image and - presto - a photo of something that never happened!
Then I added a frame (just because I can) and a watermark (to discourage people from stealing it and selling it as their own), and posted it on the blog without a word about my deception. I'm sure those who are skilled with photoshop do this all the time and are wondering what the big deal is, but I'm kinda tickled that I've learned to do this despite my limited computer skills.
I think this old dog can still learn new tricks!
|Fooled ya! Or did I?|