Kathy Triolo  

Shelter in Place by Kathy Triolo

June 2020 - Shelter in Place

June 2020 - Kathy Triolo

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June 2020 - Kathy Triolo

Original 2

About the Image(s)

Composited in Photoshop. Only 35 layers.. (a lot of little adjustments and textures)

Two years ago, I signed up for a Photoshop Artistry Course with Sebastion Michaels. It's been tremendous education in Photoshop and lots of creative fun. I am still working through assignments because it's such a rich program. This photo is a result of a training video.
I've included two photos that went into the final composite. One photo from my artistry course of a model named Madison and the tree photo that I took at White Sands National Park.

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

Aavo Koort   Aavo Koort
Even if it took 35 layers you achieved a very artistic image.
Perhaps you could move the tree slightly right and also not
growing out of her shoulder. The background is very well done.   Posted: 06/04/2020 13:48:26

Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Kathy, What a visual treat you've created here. I absolutely love your handling of the textures, lighting, colors, shapes and tonality. The mood created by all of these elements works wonderfully with the models expression. I agree with Aavo regarding the tree coming out of the shoulder. Although I like the color and texture of it, I don't know if it adds as much to the theme. I feel like another element may take this from being the amazing image it is to a masterpiece.   Posted: 06/06/2020 13:03:38

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
Great color, palpable texture, a partially nude woman--what could be bad? This is a powerful image. Here comes the "however." I feel the image is too centered, and the roots make the woman look like a mermaid. You can create a powerful diagonal by (1) moving the woman toward the lower right hand corner and (2) moving the branches of the tree toward the
upper left hand corner. The tree would be leaning toward the woman and the woman would be facing the direction of the tree. Your colors and textures in this composite are certainly worth revisiting.   Posted: 06/06/2020 17:59:38

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
(Group 22)
Kathy, I also feel that you have a powerful image here, but you can make it better. I love the combination of the colors and all the manipulations you have made. I have some constructive suggestions for you to consider. I feel that there are two problems here. One is a conflict between the tree and the model. The other is of balance. The tree is too small and the model too large and each demanding attention. I would consider enlarging the tree, so that it overflows half out of the top and reduce the size of the model a bit. I would also flip the model from left to right, so that she would have the same contour as the tree and place her a bit to the left of the tree. This would make the model as the primary subject and the tree secondary. I do not see a dark strip in either of the originals, so I suspect it is coming from your overlays. I do not understand what part the strip plays. I think it is distracting and that it devides the picture into two. It can easily be removed. I hope these are helpful suggestions, but please keep in mind, this is your creation.   Posted: 06/07/2020 14:22:06

Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
Thank you all very much for your thoughtful comments. It seems that you all don't like the tree growing out of her back. So interesting because the original by Mario Sanchez Nevado, is based on a tree growing out of a woman's back. I've included his original art to illustrate what I based my original on.
I will study your comments and see if the suggested changes make sense when I revise this.
I appreciate your attention to the details and your vision for improvement!   Posted: 06/07/2020 22:25:26
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Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Kathy, Thanks for sharing the inspiration. In this image the proportions balance it more. Don't take any of the suggestions too much to heart, this is an excellent image.   Posted: 06/10/2020 12:20:11

Betty Billingham   Betty Billingham
An interesting idea but I fear it misses somehow. Joseph says it all as far as I am concerned. Worth working on further.   Posted: 06/09/2020 10:21:40
Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
(Group 22)
Thank you for your appreciation Betty.
We go back some years, don't we?   Posted: 06/09/2020 18:21:55
Peggy Nugent   Peggy Nugent
Thanks for your thoughtful comments. I can easily visualize what you are suggesting, and I especially like how you remind us all that this is Kathy's creation. I hope you come visit us again.   Posted: 06/14/2020 17:39:50

Peggy Nugent   Peggy Nugent
So much to love in this image!
Wonderful colors and textures. The light/shadow of the background is in harmony with the lighting on the woman, in a way I have never noticed in an image before. It works so well!
I really like how the woman morphs into the tree roots.and how the colors gently transition to earth colors there.
This is such a thoughtful and emotional image, created from very interesting originals.

For me, there is some competition between the tree and her face. The tree is such a vibrant red that it continually draws my eye. Yet I also want to look at the haunted expression on her face. Both are about the same size. I once read that when there are two equal subjects in an image, the eye looks in the middle of the distance between them. I feel as if that is what is happening to me here.
Great title! She does not look as she feels safe at all sheltering in place, which I think is your point. If the tree represents shelter, making it less prominent might convey that.(Less opaque, a midtone or light color, a smaller size). If it represents the threat of Covid, perhaps it could become the most prominent feature.

Thank you for sharing such a compelling image!
  Posted: 06/12/2020 17:28:44