Jan Handman  

Escape Route by Jan Handman

August 2020 - Escape Route

August 2020 - Jan Handman

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August 2020 - Jan Handman

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About the Image(s)

For this month's image, I started with the shot of the road from a trip up the California coast last year - ah, those were the days. I added the shot of the car interior above the road layer, after selecting out and removing the rear view mirror and garage interior. It seems that the whole planet is engulfed to one degree or another with the virus, so the logical destination for the road was somewhere other than Earth. A black hole came to mind, so I used an astronomy book of my husband's and took a photo of a photo. I wanted the road to disappear into the black hole, so I applied a mask (to the layer, not to my face - haha) and used the black brush tool at about 50% opacity to gradually fade out the road. The scene seemed a little vague as to what I was trying to convey, so I added the road sign to show a destination. I usually like to have at least one living subject in my images, so a hitchhiker came to mind. Once I decided on that, nothing else seemed to work, but I didn't have any images of hitchhikers in my photo stash. This one was a free download stock photo; I liked the added tug-on-the-heartstrings aspect of the little boy with her. I added a shadow layer under the people to anchor them to the road; I duplicated the layer and used the button on the lower left side of the Properties box to indicate the changes should only apply to that layer, then removed all saturation, and upped the contrast. The shadows needed to be at the same angle as the shadow inside the car, so I used the Distort tool to do that, and then reduced that layer's opacity to 20%. Once the scene outside the car windshield was complete, I flattened those layers and reduced the size to fit on the computer screen inside the car. Then into On1 for Dynamic Contrast, Bokeh texture, and Glow. Back in PS, I applied a vignette with a 22% black brush, with uneven edges (some areas further into the image, some areas none at all).

7 comments posted

Steve Estill   Steve Estill
Only you could make something so serious put a smile on my face!
This is excellent. There's so much to see in it and the more I look the more I see - I like the distance to the Covid Free Zone! and the reference to facemasks.
The hitchhikers fit the scene so well - will you pick them up, or do they need testing first?
Thanks for my favourite image of the month.
Let's hope we reach the destination and there are plenty of charging points on the way!   Posted: 08/02/2020 16:08:59
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Thanks Steve -- glad it made you smile. I think the hitchhikers are going to have to at least have their temps taken and don their masks, but we'll definitely pick them up -- can't resist that cute little boy.   Posted: 08/04/2020 12:22:43

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
I can't help seeing a scene from Spielberg's "Close Encounters" (see below) in which people are on a highway seeing the UFO's for the first time. Your composite ranks right up there with Spielberg's image. And technology has improved to the point where you can include a GPS where Spielberg could not have imagined it. The way things are going, the distance on your highway sign might have read "light years."   Posted: 08/04/2020 09:28:45
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Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Thanks Alan. Love the Close Encounters image -- brings back memories!   Posted: 08/04/2020 12:25:37

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
This took quite an imagination, Jan, love it. A black hole seems to be the only place anyone could go to escape. Take me there. Thanks for something to smile about.   Posted: 08/06/2020 16:19:02

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
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Great job with the combination of images. You are extremely creative. Thanks for sharing your talents.   Posted: 08/08/2020 11:11:58
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Thanks Gary! And thanks for visiting!   Posted: 08/09/2020 10:48:19


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