Helen Sweet  

Looking in on the Flamingos by Helen Sweet

August 2019 - Looking in on the Flamingos

August 2019 - Helen Sweet

Original 1

August 2019 - Helen Sweet

Original 2

August 2019 - Helen Sweet

Original 3

About the Image(s)

I shot the interesting, old door with my iPhone in Buenos Aires and knew I wanted to open the panel like one of Alan's doors. But what to put behind? The flamingo-colored mime was at the Seattle Space Needle. Again to Argentina for the living birds. Processed entirely in Photoshop.
For Original 2, I cloned in extra foliage in front of the man. For Original 3, I expanded the frame to the right, added more water, and removed the extra birds. Then I added it as a layer on top of Original 2. After resizing and moving it, I erased the water around the man's legs. I merged those two layers and lightened b/c IMHO it was too garish. But then I saturated the man a bit. I added the white door to a layer on top and opened the panel: edit > transform > distort then revealed the scene behind then merged layers and removed the extra bits of molding.

6 comments posted

Steve Estill   Steve Estill
Well done Helen. You've created an image to make us smile! The composition is good and the way you've treated it is excellent.
I may have used another layer of the view past the door, then darkened it and used a gradient on the layer mask, so that the water in the foreground had good clarity, then faded out towards the background. You could also paint on the layer mask at low opacity, to bring the man and flamingo forward from the far background. Just little refinements. What you've done is excellent. Thanks for sharing it with us.   Posted: 08/04/2019 15:37:50
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
That you for the suggestions, Steve. Will try that b/4 submitting to my club. I also could give the man a reflection, since the flamingo has one, or add rain, in which case neither would have reflections. As it is now, it lacks consistency.   Posted: 08/04/2019 16:18:07
Steve Estill   Steve Estill
There's a plugin from Flaming Pear called 'Flood', which is really good for reflections - this is an example of where I've used it (along with some layer masking):   Posted: 08/04/2019 16:26:23
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Jan Handman   Jan Handman
This is great fun Helen -- made me chuckle. Nice job on creating the open door. The diagonal lines of the moulding around the door draw the viewer into the scene beautifully. I agree with your comment about the man needing a reflection on the water. My only other suggestion would be to perhaps soften the line of the water where it meets the background foliage a bit, as it seems a tad too stark and straight to my eye. Your title is cute and goes with the whimsy of the image. Clever and creative composite. Well done!   Posted: 08/11/2019 17:25:32

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Good work, Helen. You did a beautiful job with the open door. And I also feel that the man needs a reflection. The greenery in the back may benefit from some softening and blurring. Well done.   Posted: 08/13/2019 11:44:19

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
Helen, this is really nice. The various image you put together knit into a very nice image/story. The texture on the cement is very effective, in my opinion.
If I were to express a preference, it would be to bring out more detail in the green foliage and the water.

Well done!   Posted: 08/24/2019 22:08:54


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