Joan Field, APSA  

The Great Escape by Joan Field, APSA

November 2019 - The Great Escape

November 2019 - Joan Field, APSA


About the Image(s)

I took my image from last time, the car grill, and used the spherize filter in PS. I cut off the parts that weren't within the sphere and made it round. I was not able to figure out how to make the spheres look very 3D, but the coloring helped with that.
I ran into a window exhibition at our San Francisco MOMA, which provided the window effect. I took my sphere, duplicated it, rotated it, duplicated it to different sizes and placed them in various positions in the "window." I also created shadows for the spheres, as best I could, to give it a more realistic look. The title came from the concept of colored balloons trying to escape from behind the windows.

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6 comments posted

Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
This is fabulous!The balls are very definitely 3D! What a lot of work...but worth it!   Posted: 11/05/2019 01:58:49

Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Joan, Your image this month is very creative and clearly a labour of love. The spherize filter has been used to good effect and the arrangement of the spheres with shadows in front of and behind the window frame works very well to give added depth to your composite. I wondered whether an odd number of spheres would work better compositionally? I quite like the image rotated 90 degrees clockwise to a portrait format. See attached.   Posted: 11/08/2019 03:20:58
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Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Hi Brian,
Joan's image looks fine to me, either as a vertical or horizontal. Though if you squeezed my fingers, the vertical looks a tad unbalanced. I think Joan's image is one in which an even number of spheres works. I cannot think of which sphere I would remove, and adding might look a bit crowded.   Posted: 11/11/2019 11:52:22

Very cool Joan! I love this effect which combines the simplicity but also interest of the window and shadows, and the spheres trying too get out create amusement, tension and visual harmony for me. I don't have any suggestions for change. I just love this work.   Posted: 11/09/2019 11:31:37

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Joan, I applied a soft blur and sharpened the inside. I don't know what technique you used, but after applying the spherize filter, I used a circular clone brush to clone to another layer. That took a few seconds. I made a soft mask on the inside and applied the blur to the outside, to give a feeling of depth. My look does not have the color you have, but you can play around and use variations of this technique to get the look you want.   Posted: 11/12/2019 20:38:33
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Steve Wessing   Steve Wessing
The thing that bothers me is the lack of shadow on the balls behind the grid. Placing a slightly curved shadow in a couple places would make it look more natural, and give the spheres the depth you are looking for. Also the shadow from the upper balls should fall longer on the surface beneath the grid.   Posted: 11/23/2019 00:11:03