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Last month's image was busy and complex, so I opted for simplicity this month. A boy, a house, and some birds. I started with the sky image from my stash, and added the grassy hill layer. The house photo was taken in Washington state on a road trip a few years ago. The little boy was placed in the grass by adding a mask so I could eliminate part of his feet to make it appear he was sinking down into the grass. Next I added his shadow, using a black brush at 25% opacity, to correspond with the shadow on the house. The final element was the flock of birds. I flattened the image and decided the colors were way too bright. I wanted it to have a subdued, vintage look so I desaturated it considerably. Lastly into On1 for Glow, a couple of textures, and a vignette. After I was all done, I noticed the hill had a weird edge; I probably didn’t get my settings right when I extracted it from its background. So I used the clone tool to pull out some additional blades of grass to camouflage it.

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8 comments posted

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
The hill, house, sky, and birds catch one's attention at first sight, but the image of the child walking with his/her hands out for balance is absolutely precious and is the anchor of this composite. This is very peaceful and contemplative. Are you familiar with Andrew Wyeth's painting "Christina's World?" If not, take a look. I tried to post it here, but somebody changed the way to upload, and it wouldn't work.   Posted: 05/03/2020 15:50:56
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Thanks Alan. I did look up the Wyeth painting, and now I see Stephen has posted it here. The similarities are strong. I'm glad I didn't desaturate mine any more than I already did or it would look too similar for comfort. :-0   Posted: 05/06/2020 15:41:04

Steve Estill   Steve Estill
If only I could get your skill of using 'simplicity'.
The masking of the boy and the adition of the shadow is masterful. I like the addition of the bird on the roof - a final touch that just gives it that 'quirkiness' to make me smile.
Image of the month for me!   Posted: 05/05/2020 16:01:28
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Thanks Steve; very kind. As for simplicity, I think my years as a Graphic Designer help me with that because it was a constant exercise in "less is more" when I was creating marketing and demonstration materials for clients. Steampunk sort of throws that philosophy out the window, but sometimes it feels good to go back to uncluttered roots.   Posted: 05/06/2020 15:52:24

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
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This is a fine composition, with a good story. I also immediately thought of the Wyeth painting. Here it is.   Posted: 05/06/2020 14:17:31
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Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Thanks for visiting Stephen. And thanks for posting the Wyeth painting. I can see why you thought of it when you saw my image.   Posted: 05/06/2020 15:53:53

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
I too thought of Christina's World. Especially knowing of her disability makes the sweet charm of this carefree child enjoying the summer grass on his bare feet all the better. Just the break we need during these days of lock down. Choosing a sky with leading lines, the skillful addition of the boy, the subtlety of the shadow, and the bird which I didn't see until Steve's comment, all masterful.   Posted: 05/11/2020 22:01:36

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
All the elements in your image work together to create a beautiful piece. I also thought of the Wyeth painting upon seeing it. Great sky, I always feel that the sky can make or break the image. The simplicity of this piece feels good, especially in the chaos of today. Beautiful work.   Posted: 05/18/2020 14:17:27