Jan Handman  


Getting Away From It All by Jan Handman

December 2019 - Getting Away From It All

December 2019 - Jan Handman

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December 2019 - Jan Handman

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December 2019 - Jan Handman

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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.


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13 comments 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
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Thanks Steve. Most certainly I can move over! The more the merrier! And I just baked some gingerbread cookies too so we all have something sweet to go with your brandy. :-)   Posted: 12/08/2019 13:35:07

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
There are three aspects of this composite that make it the charming, peaceful image that it is. The first is your use of the tools available to turn reality into "magical realism." The second is your attention to detail--the shadow of the rope on the rock, for example. The third, of course, is your rich imagination. This composite is a wonderful blend of the mind of a top flight trial lawyer and the mind of Robin Williams.   Posted: 12/10/2019 09:04:41
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Alan, thank you for your comments. I'm humbled by them.   Posted: 12/10/2019 23:20:35

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
As usual, your compositions are very impactful. I really like the floating rock tower. You added an eye catching variation on the cairn, by adding the house, tree, and stairs.

My only distraction is the flock of birds. To me, the image would be more powerfully simple, yet starkly appealing, without the birds.

Thumbs up!   Posted: 12/13/2019 21:51:58

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
As usual, your compositions are very impactful. I really like the floating rock tower. You added an eye catching variation on the cairn, by adding the house, tree, and stairs.

My only distraction is the flock of birds. To me, the image would be more powerfully simple, yet starkly appealing, without the birds.

Thumbs up!   Posted: 12/13/2019 21:51:59
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Thanks Georgianne; I appreciate your input. I considered making it more of a square image rather than horizontal, so if I did that I would definitely leave the birds out. I think maybe if I had reduced the opacity of the birds they would have been less distracting.   Posted: 12/18/2019 17:33:17

Mark Southard   Mark Southard
(Groups 8 & 18)
Doesn't get much better than this.........Just a superb and wonderfully creative image. A super winner in my opinion!   Posted: 12/16/2019 18:22:38
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Thank you so much Mark. And thanks for visiting our Group!   Posted: 12/18/2019 17:28:35

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Jan, everything works in your image. Your attention to detail makes the image. Beautiful work.   Posted: 12/18/2019 15:18:21

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Jan, this is a brilliant idea perfectly executed. It could be an illustration in a children's book or, better yet, a gift to hang in my granddaughter's bedroom.   Posted: 12/25/2019 10:14:43
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Thank you Helen. Very kind.   Posted: 12/27/2019 17:06:00

Denise Perentin   Denise Perentin
Jon, this is just beautiful, totally agree with Helen.   Posted: 12/27/2019 16:20:01