Jan Handman  

Aerial Menagerie by Jan Handman

November 2020 - Aerial Menagerie

November 2020 - Jan Handman

Original 1

November 2020 - Jan Handman

Original 2

November 2020 - Jan Handman

Original 3

About the Image(s)

This eclectic group has found a treasure map and hired an unconventional transport to take them on their quest. I started with the old car, which was a toy of my father's. I knew I wanted it to be filled to the brim with critters (Original 1), but travelling by ground just seemed too boring, so the old fashioned hot air balloon was called into service. A sky shot from my stash was the background starting point, with the car and balloon placed on top (Original 2). The animals needed some sprucing up, so I added hats, kerchiefs, etc. Then I added the tail pipe to the car (Original 3). Next came the process of masking each layer so I could make some of the animals appear to be in front of some parts of the car and behind other parts of it. Then it was a matter of adding the smoke coming out of the tail pipe and the various shadows. I created a layer for pretty much each shadow because I knew I would probably need to move each animal around a bit to get the best composition. Next I used the PS Oil Paint filter and then into On1 for Textures - Cracked Earth (48%), Light Leak (25%), Postcard (46%), and Scratchy (27%).

This round’s discussion is now closed!
13 comments posted

Lori Lankford   Lori Lankford
Aerial - LOVE This! What an fun image. Love that you used something from your family. All the extra details are charming and really make the image. The textures are perfect and give it a nice final touch. I have not used On1 so will have to check that out. Really fun composite! Enjoyed looking at all the detail you added.   Posted: 11/01/2020 05:56:22
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Thanks Lori. On1 is one of my favorite post processing programs; it has filters for doing basic enhancements like detail extraction and tonal fixes, as well as creative filters like textures, HDR, or glow. Lots of fun to play with.   Posted: 11/11/2020 12:21:49

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
This is another delightful image by Jan! I love the way you compiled all these delightful images together in one very creative composition. I have no suggestions to make, for in my opinion, your image is just perfect the way it is!   Posted: 11/02/2020 14:19:32
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Such kind words Georgianne. Many thanks.   Posted: 11/11/2020 12:22:27

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
Aerial Menagerie reminds me a bit of the movie poster for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (I make a lot of references to movies because I taught an honors film class at my high school. It's ingrained.) The car and its passengers are adorable, and the colors of the sky are a good fit for this image. Yes, there's a . . . however, this composite is not as satisfying for me as your "Traveling Snailsman" (June 2019), "Take Me Away" (November 2019), or "Getting Away from It All" (December 2019). The latter 3 are a bit more "finished," for lack of a better word. In addition, they are more imaginative. I feel you need to take this another step.   Posted: 11/05/2020 08:19:07
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Thanks Alan. I appreciate your viewpoint.   Posted: 11/11/2020 12:25:50

Steve Estill   Steve Estill
You never fail to put a smile on my face! - and that takes some doing these days!
I like the little details in there - more bits to keep me looking. The items of clothing and the smoke from the exhaust make it that bit more ridiculous.
Thanks for another entertaining, expertly completed image.
And I'm still smiling!!   Posted: 11/06/2020 15:40:17
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Knowing that my image made you smile makes ME smile. Thanks for the "uplift" (haha, pardon the pun).   Posted: 11/11/2020 12:27:25

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Jan, you have created such a fun, cute image. It is a breath of fresh air in these times. The bit of red on the kangaroo and bird work with the red of the car wheels to help move my eye through the image. Nice work.   Posted: 11/07/2020 17:12:16
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Thanks so much Candy. As Steve says, keep smiling!   Posted: 11/11/2020 12:28:34

Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade
(Group 5)
I really like this image. As a novice compositor, I find this to be quite inspirational. Thanks for describing your process.   Posted: 11/09/2020 15:50:51
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Thanks for visiting Mark. Glad you like my image and I hope your own compositing journey is fun and fulfilling!   Posted: 11/11/2020 12:30:49

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
I don't envy the amount of time and effort you put into this image but the result was worth every second. Extremely well done and really fun to visually disect.   Posted: 11/18/2020 15:28:21