Connie Reinhart  

Saturn by Connie Reinhart

April 2021 - Saturn

April 2021 - Connie Reinhart


April 2021 - Connie Reinhart

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About the Image(s)

A couple of years ago my Camera Club had light spinners come for a photo shoot. It was grand fun. The images captured were unpredictable. Light levels depended on how many items were spinning at the same time. I set the camera to automatic exposure and concentrated on focusing. Reviewing the images got the old imagination going. By pulling parts from several images, I found whole new compositions. My favorite is “Saturn.” It started with the Saturn original. On a duplicate layer I painted out all but the planet. The ring came from the next image. Used a mask to eliminate all but the ring, then repositioned it to circle the planet. I masked out the part that would be behind the planet. For ‘S and G’s’ I added the stars, then saturated the colors. Creating new images from bits and pieces of the spinning lights kept me happily busy for several days.

6 comments posted

Witta Priester   Witta Priester
Connie , talk about a treat - spinners - who knew! This Saturn combination of shots is great. Definitely an unusual image. My thoughts for improvement: a tighter crop with less at the bottom; more stars, less evenly spaced; and desaturate that outside stroke so it's not so bright. It may be possible to content-aware fill over the guy's back.

I found the original photo fascinating, and I think it would make a great photo itself. Here's a version of it…   Posted: 04/07/2021 15:05:18
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Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Thank you Witta for your comments. You brought out the people in the original image quite well. I quite agree that the Saturn image needs to be cropped from the bottom. A more random scattering of stars would look more natural.   Posted: 04/10/2021 18:24:20

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
You worked on this a long time. There's lots going on. That was a good idea to take parts from each image to come up with a completed image. There are so many possibilities. Let your mind go wild. Nice image.
  Posted: 04/07/2021 21:18:35

Denise McKay   Denise McKay
Connie, this is definitely an "out of this world" image! Great idea to take various pieces and create this planet.

I agree with Witta that I think I'd like to see the area of black from the man's body filled in with colors from the orb. My brain is not telling me why that black area should be there.   Posted: 04/08/2021 11:45:34
Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Actually, what I saw in the light swirl was something like a 3/4 moon with a section fading into darkness. I should have softened the hard edge of the shadow. The 'rings' were an addition after seeing the hula hoop. Here's a cropped version with a softened penumbra. Thank you all for your helpful comments.   Posted: 04/16/2021 16:13:45
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Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
I love the colors and the creativity of this image. My only suggestion is like that of Witta's and Denise. The irregular black area where the man's back occurs, could be filled with the pattern/colors of the rest of the globe. If Content Aware doesn't work on the original, I'd try cutting and pasting from the top.

Great idea, Connie!   Posted: 04/15/2021 14:09:37


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