A Cinemagraph

My attempt at a cinemagraph. It mixes cinematography and a photograph, in a new media to conjoin the separate. (Created in Adobe Photoshop)

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Geometric landscapes: Update

Since the last post, I have attempted two more geometric landscape images. Both of the edits have been done on the same base image,

IMG_7675

Obviously, it needs some sprucing up.

First of all, I colour-graded my image. This is a fun process of fiddling with adjustment layers to get the effect you desire. For the style I wanted to create, I knew I would need to up the exposure and add some colour to the photo as it looks washed out and boring frankly.

There is only so much you can do with this, so it is best to take the photo to fit the look you want. I did not know at the time that I would be using this image for this particular edit so the photo is not the best.

Circle

The first geometric shape I thought I’d attempt to edit this image with was a simple circle. On my last post, https://pugsphotos.wordpress.com/2018/08/10/landscape-geometry/ , I used a ring, doughnut shape to edit my photo, however, for this photo I decided to use a simple circle first. This image was my inspiration,

Referance photo

A very simple circle layer mask and flip 180° which seemed to make this image look more interesting. So I tried with my photo,

Circle Tree

The effect did what it was supposed to. It took a bit of time to target where I wanted to flip 180°, but I decided to use the branches of the tree rather than the whole tree itself or any of the ground.

The effect created is interesting but I felt like the image is too complicated for such a simple edit so I tried something new.

Triangle

This idea was spawned from another image I had seen. This image to be exact,

Referance photo

This effect proved a lot harder to recreate. You’d think, as I did, it’s the same as the doughnut image apart from in the shape of a triangle. And, yes it is… But it proved so much harder to make the triangle shape as an image to use as a layer mask. There must be an easier way to create this effect other to how I decided to do so.

I thought An equilateral triangle is just three lines of identical length that are joined by 60° angles. I thusly decided to simply draw a line (rectangle so my triangle would have an interior) and copy it two more times. I then rotated the lines to create a triangle. Done right? Easy enough. Whats the beef?

DO ME A LEMON! The lines were bulky and overlapping and had edges sticking out! A lot of work went into making the ‘perfect triangle’ but after a lot of pointless work, I managed it. I had made a triangle in Photoshop.

SO… I created a layer mask and copied the cut out onto a new layer to flip it 180° and create my desired effect.

Triangle Tree

It’s not bad… I am pleased that the shape of the triangle seems to fit the tree’s convergence to one trunk into the ground. It is an interesting shape to look at, a lot more than the circle, but what about both together?

Circle and Triangle

Triangle and Circle Tree

Yeah, they aren’t centred… so that’s not great. I think I prefer just the triangle without the circle with it but if you don’t try these things, you’ll never know how crap they can look.

Conclusion

Overall I’m quite happy with the progress that I have made on this particular project, but again I want to take it further.

I think my next move should be to go out and shoot for this particular effect, thus giving me the best images to use while editing to create better edits. This particular editing style is making me think more about my landscape photography. I am having to focus on framing all the more for this project which is producing better images I hope.

I think it is important to always be learning and challenging yourself with new types of whatever you want to thrive at. For me, it is photography and editing but this same idea can and should be applied to all aspects of life and all skills that people have.

Landscape geometry

Landscape geometry

Landscape geometry is my new project. Since completing a course in photography, I have been subjected to all types of photography I had previously not breached and landscape photography is one of the most interesting.

I have worked with people, representation and power, however landscape photography is a different beast and this style of editing has been my favourite to enter these new grounds of photography. Landscape geometry I am calling it.

I got the idea from my new love, Pinterest. From this exact photo,

Circle referance photo

Now, it may look as if all I have done is copied the style of this edit on one of my own photos… well this is true. If you fall in love with a style or an edit, the best compliment is imitation.

However, I do not intend to keep this style strictly to rings of disruption over photos of watery landscape, no. I wish to take this idea further! To develop this theme into new and hopefully interesting ways, interesting to look at or even a step further.

I have for a while been interested in a style of editing set around portraits,

Portrait geometric shapes.png

Combining these two styles, having the geometric disruption of the image be used as a physical barrier in the diegesis of the image, I feel could lead to an interesting final image.

This is my newest project, it is by no means soon to be coming. I want to develop and refine the base idea of landscape geometric disruptions before adding people or complex ideas such as influenced physicality.

Stay here for updates to this newest project and others.

Warnambool VIC AUS

Before

Warnambool VIC AUS
After

Typography Face

This was one of the most complicated photo edits I have ever done, but one of my photos I am most proud of.

The words are all related to my subject, film. I made the texture first out of words relating to film and then added it to my photo. There was a lot of steps in-between, but that is the main principle.

 

Creating in Photoshop

Up to this point, I have only used photoshop as a tool for editing photos, not creating images from scratch.

As you can see from the layers panel, this image consists of shapes, gradients and a few layers to add detail.

This started with a desire to look into graphic design, so I began with styles that I enjoyed to look at. Retro 80’s style.

After shamelessly promoting my website I moved onto imitating movie and TV show intros.

I love Alfred Hitchcock films, so began with a simple one, Psycho (1960). A lot of these are based around text, this is for two reasons.

  1. I am consistently writing the same text so I can not the changes in techniques (Limiting altering variables)
  2. They are perfect for promoting my brand.

Next, I am moving on to:

 

Face-erase

This was a photo I took on my phone and edited in an evening. I saw a photo magician Dynamo had put on his twitter:

Reference photo

And decided to attempt to imitate it without any knowledge of how he had done it. Doing this, I figured out how he must have done it, much faster than mine, but not as good looking in my opinion.

If you look closely, you can see the same imperfections in the wall behind his face. This meant that the editor has erased his face and taken a marquee of his head and neck, and layer+Copyed this, reducing the size each time. I did a similar thing but just using the top of the cut out of my head and clone stamped the rest of the wall to fill in. This would not have worked for either photo if the background had been more complex unless the camera was on a tripod and there was a blend of two photos. One with the subject and one without.
Reviewing what I have just written, Dynamo could have done this, but since the imperfections repeat he has not.

(I also did a black & white version to mimic him, I just prefer the colour version.

Lunatic

These were all the assets I had going into photoshop, the rest was all done on there.

As long as you know what you want to get done, all you need is a camera and some imagination.

Bad VHS

After editing this photo, my father helpfully told me how hard they tried to make their footage not look like this. Not really what I wanted to hear after spending hours to make this edit!

A lot of this was achieved using the marquee tool and warp distort filter. There was a bit of colour altering and changing the colour layers.

 

A New project

Supreme

Supreme is a VERY recognisable brand. The clothing company rely on recognisability to sell their AMAZINGLY overpriced clothes, and it works. The company is now estimated to be worth just over $1bn USD. The main idea of Supreme brand anything: tops, hoodies, shoes even supreme brand $30-$40 bricks, is to simply slap the logo on it.

Supreme Logo

A white hoodie costs around £10. A supreme white hoodie can be as cheap as £494.

White hoodie
White Hoodie
White 'supreme' hoodie
White ‘Supreme’ Hoodie

(I also like how the shipping is free)

But I am interested in photography, and more specifically, editing. I have merely chosen supreme as a style to imitate because it’s simple, recognisable and, to be honest, I want one of their shirts.

Trippy Marilyn - Supreme

This edit I love. Supreme does have a line of clothing in which they place their VERY recognisable logo with celebrities (I am not sure if this image is one of them), but this concept is amazing to me. This one image I could analyse until my heart’s content, drawing out meaning after meaning, but I won’t because that would be boring.

What I am going to do in this project is to create a counter to the brand empire/domain of supreme, parodying their brand image, not to jest or to make fun but to almost make a contention against the brand domination of Supreme. Begining with Alone.

Alone Logo

(I also love that glitch effect)

Glitch effects

So, I'm still hung up on Glitch effects.

Is the link to a Tutvid video. This man knows everything about anything to do with Photoshop, Premiere, After-effects you name it, basically, I want his knowledge in my brain. In this video, he designs 5 glitch effect to follow along with, or use his ‘photoshop actions’ (these you apply to an image and it follows the steps the creator sets). I used this video to help me with my previous glitch effect post and have done two more, one following the video and one applying an action.

Looking awks - Glitch
Following
Reading Fest - Coloured glitch (ACTION)
Applying an Action

I feel I enjoyed the freedom of creating my own image, even following a step-by-step guide, as I had ultimate control. I also enjoyed working through the process, getting everything correct and having a product I felt proud of and knew how to make, applying an action felt like cheating and obviously I didn’t learn how to make the effect. In the future, I may use these actions after already knowing how to create the effect, or being too lazy to make an effect for someone else and simply apply the effect. I may even use this new found knowledge of the actions in photoshop to make some of my own. (Save me some time in the future!)

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