RH Samarakone  

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May 2023 - Engrossed

May 2023 - RH Samarakone


About the Image(s)

The source image was captured during one of our photographic outings to a boutique hotel in Dambulla, Sri Lanka. I captured this image of a fellow photographer who posed for us, to get some shots of the unusual interior. Capturing the image itself was a challenge, as we tried to capture the scene with the available light. Later, I tried to give it some three dimensionality and a picture-in-picture effect by using two layers of the same image.

First I extracted details using Nik in PS,and then removed the part of the table in the bottom right. Thereafter, I duplicated the layer, and desaturated the underlying layer. The top layer was cropped, and after adding a stroke to the frame, I applied a drop shadow to give the final effect. Some amount of color and level adjustments have been applied.

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16 comments posted

Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
What a clever idea!! Until I read your description I hadn't noticed the image within an image, sorry!! But looking at it then can see how well the two images have been merged together. The drop shadow finishes it off to a T.
Very well done and something I must try.

  Posted: 05/02/2023 10:23:01
RH Samarakone   RH Samarakone
Thanks Angela...   Posted: 05/03/2023 20:14:09

Fred Giese   Fred Giese
I really enjoyed this image. The drop shadow around the frame, the slight desaturation of the outer image both work really well. If I were to change anything it would be to extend the frame slightly upward and slightly to the left so as to make the frame a little more pronounced. Very nice job.   Posted: 05/03/2023 17:47:27
RH Samarakone   RH Samarakone
Thanks Fred for the feedback. In fact, I did a few iterations of this image including things that you suggested...but, when the inner frame is moved / expanded, I found that it interferes with other elements. For example if the frame is extended to the left it cuts through the chair...after a fair bit of experimentation I had to leave the frame as it is now.

Thanks again for the feedback.   Posted: 05/03/2023 20:18:56
Fred Giese   Fred Giese
I'm sorry, meant to say to the right, just slightly past the wood beam/frame.   Posted: 05/03/2023 20:28:11
RH Samarakone   RH Samarakone
Yes, that is a good point...shall try that.   Posted: 05/03/2023 20:36:17

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
(Group 54)
I'm visiting because your image captured my eye when I was browsing creative groups. The picture-in-picture works quite well as do the warm colors mixed with the muted colors. The "model" is placed so that he does not block the drawing on the wall and it is pleasing to the eye. Your composition is balanced beautifully. Nice work!   Posted: 05/09/2023 08:14:38

RH Samarakone   RH Samarakone
Hi Alan, thanks for your kind review. I really appreciate your taking time to comment on my image. Thanks again!   Posted: 05/09/2023 11:03:31

Deborah Milburn   Deborah Milburn
Well done. I really like this image.   Posted: 05/11/2023 15:30:47
RH Samarakone   RH Samarakone
Thank you!   Posted: 05/11/2023 20:38:17

Shirley Ward   Shirley Ward
Very well done. Love the final effect, as it really brings the subject (the man) as the central interest. I don't have capability of doing something like this, but appreciate the final result...All of my photography now is done with a very good point and shoot camera, and what alterations I feel need to be made are done in photoshop Elements...but, that is as far as I can go...   Posted: 05/14/2023 16:41:19
RH Samarakone   RH Samarakone
Thanks Shriley for the comments.

I am not familiar with PS Express and am not sure how it differs to PS. I presume you cannot work with layers...may be there would be some workaround for that...

Thanks again.   Posted: 05/14/2023 23:38:09

Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Hi Sam, I am motivated by your creativity. The first PiP was seen on the televised coverage of the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics. Your image has enough interest to make it hold up as a PiP. I also think your color changes in the background work perfectly. Great idea, and processing.   Posted: 05/16/2023 10:54:22
RH Samarakone   RH Samarakone
Thanks Bob.   Posted: 05/17/2023 20:34:50
Bob Wills   Bob Wills
You're welcome. Do you prefer Sam or Bob as a greeting within the goup? Or anything else?   Posted: 05/18/2023 07:48:47
RH Samarakone   RH Samarakone
Bob...I am not quite sure what caused the confusion about my name😀...Sam is the shortened form of my surname, and the name by which I am known among my colleagues and friends.

Thanks for clarifying this.™   Posted: 05/19/2023 10:02:50