Jan Handman  

In a Foggy State of Mind by Jan Handman

October 2020 - In a Foggy State of Mind

October 2020 - Jan Handman

Original 1

October 2020 - Jan Handman

Original 2

October 2020 - Jan Handman

Original 3

About the Image(s)

I started with a shot from a New Zealand trip (Original 1). First I cloned out the boats and then the land in the distance, so I had a clean horizon line. The peninsula, with the rocks below, seemed to be calling out for a lighthouse. So I photographed one from a set of miniature lighthouses that I've collected over the years (Original 2). It's less than 1" high. I extracted it from the background and placed it on the cliff, added a mask, and erased some of the bottom to integrate it into the bushes. Next I placed a photo of an old ship on the rocks below and tilted it so it appeared to be a shipwreck. The next step was to add a nice big seagull soaring overhead, and then I used a white paintbrush tool at 20% opacity to add some fog here and there. I wanted the scene to have a painterly look to it, so I used my go-to Poster Edges and Oil Paint filters in PS (Original 3). The last step was to open a cool app, DistressedFX, on my iPad to add some filters that gave it a vintage look. This app even has a setting to add birds to the scene, so I selected two in the distance to keep the seagull company.

8 comments posted

Lori Lankford   Lori Lankford
Jan, I love how you pulled all these pieces together. I also use distressed fx - perfect final touch to the image. :) The added textures give the image and depth. I have not used poster edges but will now have to explore. My only comment would be I would love to see the image with more of the original cool blue tones. It is probably just my preference as I lean towards cool tones. I love the aged look, but wonder how a touch of blue would look in the sky. But truly a great composition and beautiful image.   Posted: 10/01/2020 05:51:44
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
I appreciate your point about a bit more blue in the image. I tried adding a touch after the fact, using a Blend Mode of Color and a soft blue brush, but it didn't quite work on the flattened file, so if I use the image again, maybe I'll go into the original layered .tif and add it properly. Or maybe just lower the opacity of the distressed fx (yellow) layer so some of the blue layer comes through. Thanks Lori.   Posted: 10/05/2020 16:19:03

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
I enjoy the sepia/aged look of this composite, and the seagull is the star of the show. He fills the sky beautifully and is the image of a vintage photograph. However, I don't feel the lighthouse and the boat are images of vintage photographs. The painterly scene of your go-to filters works well, and I love the overall look, but the seagull being the epitome of a vintage look, out shines the other 2 images.   Posted: 10/08/2020 09:30:23
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
I'm puzzled as to why you think an old lighthouse and shipwreck don't fit in with a vintage look image. If anything, it would seem to me the seagull was the least vintage-esque of the three components. But that's what makes the DD discussion interesting -- everyone sees things differently. Thanks for your comment.   Posted: 10/16/2020 15:24:35
Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
I apologize for not being more specific. The bird looks more vintage to me because of the difference in sharpness between the lighthouse and the boat compared to the bird. The lighthouse has black lines outlining the roof and the boat
has edges which are a little too well defined to be in keeping with my vision of a vintage image. As you noted, these discussions make this group come alive.   Posted: 10/17/2020 08:18:23

Steve Estill   Steve Estill
Another superb image. Well composed and executed. The texture pulls it all together very well. And I love seagulls!
I have to ask - How come the boat ran aground? Were the sailors blind, or drunk, or suffering from some kind of virus?, or did the lighthouse keeper not pay his bills?
Anyway - it's an excellent image and it makes me feel a bit like the boat - Wrecked!
Well done again!   Posted: 10/15/2020 16:32:59
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Thanks Steve. I guess the boat ran aground because everyone was in a "foggy state of mind" -- the sailors, the lighthouse keeper, me -- a recipe for disaster. :-o   Posted: 10/16/2020 14:57:29

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Jan, three objects in an image always work well together. The three that you selected are cohesive and blend the image into a story of the sea. A texture usually helps to bring objects added to an image together as this one does. The texture also creates gives it the antique look. Good job.   Posted: 10/18/2020 16:49:03


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