Jan Handman  

Getting Away From It All by Jan Handman

December 2019 - Getting Away From It All

December 2019 - Jan Handman

Original 1

December 2019 - Jan Handman

Original 2

December 2019 - Jan Handman

Original 3

About the Image(s)

I seem to still be in an escapist mood this month, so this image was another attempt at creating someplace other than the real world to supply refuge. I started with Original 1 and cloned out the earth and weeds on the lower left. The rock image was just taken with my cell phone while out on a walk, so it needed to have all the dirt and defects cloned out. The cottage was also taken with my cell at my local craft store where they sell resin miniatures. Once I got the rocks settled in the water, I duplicated and mirrored them at reduced opacity for the reflection. I placed the cottage atop the stones for the ultimate get-away. The tree was rendered in PS (Filter>Render>Tree); I had to paint in the roots to anchor it to the rocks. At first I just added a long rope with knots in it hanging down from the tree to provide access to the cottage, but decided even in my dreams there's no way I would be able to shinny up that rope to get to the top. So I found an image of stone steps and worked in sections on each rock. I had to reduce the steps' brightness and saturation to varying degrees to make them look like they were part of each rock. Overlay blending mode seemed to work the best to make the steps look like they were carved into the rocks. Now I needed some way to transport supplies up to my cottage, so I added the pulley and rope. The dock, rowboat, and birds were added for interest and balance. I was now at Original 3 and decided the image needed to feel less real-world-y, so I used On1 to provide Glow and Vintage (Earth & Sky) filters. Back in PS, with the Brush tool, I added a slight vignette, the shadows of the tree and ropes, and the smoke coming out of the chimney. Now I can settle into my cottage next to the fireplace with a nice hot toddy.

1 comment posted

Steve Estill   Steve Estill
This is just beautiful - perfect!
I love your reasoning as you put it together and the way you've done it is superb. The blending of the steps; the painting of the roots and the addition of the interesting bits work so well. My favourite image this month.
Now if you could just move over a bit to make more room by the fire I'll bring the brandy - is there room for two?   Posted: 12/07/2019 15:51:53


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