Fred Giese  

I Brought The Wine But Forgot My Clothes by Fred Giese

June 2021 - I Brought The Wine But Forgot My Clothes

June 2021 - Fred Giese


About the Image(s)

Story: Recently my wife and I visited New Bern, NC taking lots of images of this quaint NC seaport. The other day while going though the images, I tried to figure out what to do with the many Bear images I had. {New Bern’s (Bear in German/Swiss) mascot is a bear} We also went to Stagville, NC where I photographed slave cabins, the firepit, and various other scenes. What do you do with images that you would probably never use? Create something.

Concept: Bears having a good time around a campfire. The title comes from having two of the bears in clothing and the one with the wine naked. He was the party animal.

1. Select and cutout the images you would use for your composite. In this case, three bears, one firepit, three images of fire and one image of sparks.

2. Select the main canvas which is a cabin with a grassy foreground.

3. Using the rectangle marquee tool in PS, select a grassy area in the foreground and using Layer Via Copy increase the size of the foreground several times

4. Group these layers

5. Crop excess canvas

6. Convert Group to a Smart Filter

7. Use Gaussian Blur at 100%, then using the brush tool and mask, paint away some of the blur in the mid ground at 40% opacity and 100% in the foreground.

8. Add the firepit and blend in with Gaussian blur at 20% opacity

9. Position bears using the move tool

10. Merge layers

11. Bring into Topaz Color Efex Pro using Darken/Lighten Center, Pro Contrast, Brilliance/Warmth Duplex and Foliage.

12. Add a brightness/contrast layer and darken clouds and sky

13. Add flames and sparks to firepit, reducing opacity as necessary.

14. Merge

4 comments posted

Tom Gainer   Tom Gainer
A fun picture. I can remember going to parties like these :-). I think the shadows on the bears need to be a little shorter and pointed towards the lower left of the picture to coincide with the shadow of the building. Perhaps adding a slight blur to the outer edge of the bears, fire and stones so that they blend in a little more with the scene. The gaussian blur seem a bit too much. Maybe cut back some on the blur.   Posted: 06/08/2021 10:03:50

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
Fred, I think you could be an illustrator for children's book. Maybe not illustrating drinking but I see the necessary talent.
More specifically, the first elements of composites that jumps out are shadows and blending as Tom pointed out. I like the way you composited the fire in the pit, but it too would cast some shadow.
Overall, it remains a fun image, well conceived and well composed.   Posted: 06/08/2021 13:53:20

Pat Couder   Pat Couder
tee hee..what fun youve had. Are they waiting for Goldilocks to turn up?! I agree with what Jerry & Tom have said. The firepit is floating as are the bears so a little work to be done on shadows.Love the idea and humour   Posted: 06/08/2021 14:32:22

Shirley Ward   Shirley Ward
The lack of shadows in this scene is what makes the image incomplete....I agree with everyone about the shadows...It is a good try to create an interesting image from several other images, something that I haven't done....   Posted: 06/14/2021 22:42:54


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