Gregory Waldron  

Visiting Tom's Bridge by Gregory Waldron

May 2022 - Visiting Tom's Bridge

About the Image(s)

I received some helpful hints from my April composite, I decided to try again. The model image was from a studio shoot at the PSA Festival that was held in Salt Lake City in 2018. My attendance was what got me motivated to join our study group. The background was a night shot from years ago. It was taken back in the film days. The background was somewhat blurry, so I just increased the blur just a little. I also soften the outline of the model to have her blend into the background better. I thought her black hat and the dark sky help tie the image together. I gave it a title of "Visiting Tom's Bridge" because he will know the location well, and because he inspires me to experiment with image.

I look forward to the group's comments and feedback.

12 comments posted

Tom Brassil   Tom Brassil
Hi Greg, definitely brought a smile to my face when I opened this :),

This image works well, the model blends well and looks like part of the environment, background blurr works well creating a fine environmental portrait.

Nice well executed composite   Posted: 05/03/2022 04:48:00
Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Hi Tom,
Thanks for your comments and feedback.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 05/06/2022 10:59:56

Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Hi Greg - I agree that you took last month's tips and suggestions to heart and the technical improvements show - nicely done! A minor concern - The model seems placed a bit too centered under the bridge. . . a personal preference perhaps. Also, I'm not quite convinced that the model is really at that location. My guess is that it is the difference in lighting between the two composite images. Big points for persistence in working to improve a new technique! Best -   Posted: 05/13/2022 23:31:28
Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Hi Darcy,
Thanks for your comments and feedback. This process is a work in progress. I debated about the placement of the model and put her in the center so she would be framed by the bridge. I also tried to blend the 2 images by using a color look table to give a toned effect. I need to experiment some more. Your feedback has been very helpful.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 05/15/2022 17:51:01

Ingrid Lockhart   Ingrid Lockhart
You certainly have done a good job of placing the model in the background and the way you have softened the edges of the model have really helped her to fit better against the background. I agree that the lighting on the model does seem a bit bright to feel realistic against the nighttime background. Have you ever tried the Photoshop Neural filter 'Harmonization' to make the colors of the layers more coordinated? I just watched a webinar showing how this works, and it might be worth a try.   Posted: 05/15/2022 17:50:51
Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Hi Ingrid,
Thank you for your comments and feedback. I just found out about "Harmonization" and will give it a try.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 05/15/2022 17:54:29
Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Hi Ingrid - Thanks for the Harmonization tip! I don't use Photoshop all that much, but you've suggested some of the software's capabilities that make me interested in learning more. Best -   Posted: 05/20/2022 21:39:11

Karen Davis   Karen Davis
Hi Greg,

Another very nice composite. What a great job of selecting the model. I like that her head is somewhat framed by the bridge. Maybe try a crop on the right side not quite to the bridge support to throw everything a bit off-center.

And, I agree that the lighting on the model might be a tad too bright against the darker background.

This is a fun image - thanks for sharing!
Karen   Posted: 05/15/2022 18:26:22
Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Hi Karen,
Thanks for your comments and feedback.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 05/18/2022 16:03:44

Xiao Cai   Xiao Cai
Hi Gregory, an interesting image, you did it very well. Thanks for sharing!   Posted: 05/17/2022 07:08:51

Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Hi Xiao,
Thanks for your feedback.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 05/18/2022 16:04:21

Syed Shakhawat Kamal   Syed Shakhawat Kamal
Hi Greg,
As for the composite is concern you almost nailed it this time. I am glad that you have used all the tips from the last edition. As Darcy mentioned, this is the two image from two different lightings making this minor observation only. But the blurry effect of the bridge really blended the model except for the different lighting issue. And of course the placement of the model in the composite also has minor observation, which can be easily addressed in future. Loved the composition, Well done.
Stay safe and stay blessed as always.
Kamal.   Posted: 05/22/2022 04:35:11


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