Helen Sweet  

Moving In by Helen Sweet

October 2019 - Moving In

October 2019 - Helen Sweet

Original 1

October 2019 - Helen Sweet

Original 2

October 2019 - Helen Sweet

Original 3

About the Image(s)

I really liked the driftwood's lines and texture; so, all in PS, I accentuated it and brought out detail in the peninsula in back then went monochrome. It wanted to be a picture frame, so I duplicated and flipped. That's where I got stuck. I wanted a sphere to move into the space but didn't know how to create one. Even tried unsuccessfully to steal one from Steve's April image. (I too have purchased a crystal globe, but it's too small, and I've not used it) So I used a figure I'd created previously from the bench image. I really prefer the frame without the thing. Even something ghostly for Halloween. Suggestions from all you creative folk would be appreciated.

10 comments posted

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
This reminds me fondly of the sci-fi movies of the 1950's. I agree with you that a sphere would fit nicely here, but Original 3 is such a good shot that viewers will accept the free form shape as fitting quite well. I recently wanted a sphere and used Google to find a website that showed me how in a few steps. I don't remember the site, but Google has a good memory. (My sphere might make an appearance in the near future.)   Posted: 10/09/2019 09:11:06
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Thank you for your encouragement, Alan. I was hoping you would suggest something surrealistic to float above the scene. I tried the pumpkin from my Magritte image a few month ago but didn't know how to make the reflection b/c I think I would need to show the bottom and don't know what that looks like, but could probably imagine it.   Posted: 10/10/2019 09:32:38

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
The driftwood does create an inviting frame. You did a good job there, in my opinion.

I used to know how to make a globe out of an object, but have forgotten and I couldn't find the instructions, but I'll keep my eye open for them.

If you really want a globe, why not photograph one. Anything round would work, such as fruit, a ball, or something photographed at a home decorating shop. You can always blur out unwanted texture/pictures.

To me, an image of a sailing boat would work better than a globe here. Maybe it's because the scene with a sail boat reminds me of my favorite poem when I was a kid.   Posted: 10/09/2019 12:23:20

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
here is a decent tutorial on how to generate a sphere from an image: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLTFSyjFviI

Although her presentation is a bit confusing, I started out with it, and applied the first part of her instructions to your original 3, creating a sphere out of it. (I don't remember exactly how I tweaked her instructions, but think I used filter > distort > spherize--you can experiment) . I applied a red gradient on top of the sphere, then resized it much smaller, copied, and pasted it over the original 3 in a separate opened image. The pasted layer is in Subtract blending mode at 76% opacity.
  Posted: 10/09/2019 13:25:07
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Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
Here is an even better way to make a sphere, which might really look better than the one I did. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3voxrSlMc4

I'm going to play with this one for future images. Love it!
  Posted: 10/09/2019 14:19:05
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
This is wonderful, Georgianne! Thank you for your research, which yielded much better results than mine.   Posted: 10/11/2019 16:34:40

Jan Handman   Jan Handman
You did a very nice job bringing out the contrast and texture of Original 1 and I very much like the monochrome result in Original 3. The red and black shape is eerie and compelling. It does seem a bit too stark and sharp compared with the rest of the image, so I might have tried a different blend mode or reduced the opacity just slightly. Your Original 3 seemed to be a perfect stage for an alien encounter, so I googled up a couple images and added them in just to have a little fun.   Posted: 10/11/2019 15:59:36
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Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
PERFECT!   Posted: 10/11/2019 16:35:35

Steve Estill   Steve Estill
You did a superb job with the background. I think Jan's version is the the best for me - perfect indeed!   Posted: 10/12/2019 16:14:49

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Nice work with the frame, Helen. The driftwood, lake and background create the perfect frame. I do agree with Jan that the "object" is somewhat overpowering-reduced opacity or different blend mode would most likely improve this. But the object from the bench has beautiful lines-maybe desaturate it a bit, too.   Posted: 10/12/2019 16:18:50


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