Georgianne Giese  

Canon Wheel Composite by Georgianne Giese

June 2020 - Canon Wheel Composite

June 2020 - Georgianne Giese

Original 1

June 2020 - Georgianne Giese

Original 2

June 2020 - Georgianne Giese

Original 3

About the Image(s)

Our Photographer’s club has been working on ordinary images each week, with the goal of developing them into something attractive. It keeps us busy during confinement! Since I’ve been busy developing the images of others, I decided to give it a whirl on one of my own plain images.
his is an image of an old canon wheel, taken at Ft. Sumter, SC. I actually love old things, and the rust on this wheel was quite attractive to me. However, after developing it, I thought that it needed something, so I decided to use an image of a young boy, taken on the ferry to Ft. Sumter, and show him examining the canon wheel.

For some reason, the Content Aware Fill option on my Crop tool, does not work anymore, so I had to do a lot of cutting and pasting to create an image with the wheel on the left side. That took most of my time.

Other than that, I used two adjustment layers over the wheel image: A Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer, and an Exposure adjustment layer. I wanted to alter the color of the wheel, with gold on the outside and spokes, and rust red on the inside. To do that, I added a blank layer and painted with those colors over the wheel parts.

Then I added the boy, adjusted his size with Edit > Transform > Size, and moved him into position. I then changed his bright shirt to a duller color.
The next step was to add a texture. I used a rusty texture by Keriyoo, and lightened it in various places. The texture layer was set at Hard Light blending mode and 45% opacity.

Finally, I stamped up (CTRL ALT Shift E) and took that layer into Topaz B&W, Traditional Collection, Warm tone II smooth.

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

Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

I like how you have composited these two images to create an interesting story of a little boy examining the wheel or is it trying to lift it (a little superman). Very imaginative and creative.

During this confinement, I also have watched various videos on texture blending, compositing etc. and experimented and finally understand your approach to textures.

My only suggestion, is to reduce the opacity of the texture layer on the boy by selecting him and painting reduced opacity on that part of the mask.
  Posted: 06/07/2020 16:35:11
Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
That is a good suggestion. I will reduce opacity of the texture on the boy. thanks!   Posted: 06/08/2020 11:42:25

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Hi Georgianne!

Surely another impressive piece of work: your imagination is key in all these types of photographic art and is well appreciated.

Here, again, you have created an interesting narrative from two separate non-engaging images. Well done!   Posted: 06/09/2020 06:57:22

Jose Luis Rodriguez   Jose Luis Rodriguez
Hello Georgianne
Good work, very creative and well integrated the set.   Posted: 06/09/2020 18:19:43