Belinda Hudnall Keller  

Window to Another World by Belinda Hudnall Keller

June 2021 - Window to Another World

June 2021 - Belinda Hudnall Keller


June 2021 - Belinda Hudnall Keller

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About the Image(s)

Last month I got out all my gear and gave the camera, and myself, a good workout. I took alot of photos and wasn't satisfied with any of them!
So, out of the files I took two older images and combined them for this. The butterfly image I shared with this group long ago. I wanted to use the lace curtain in an overlay and the ethereal look resulted.

With Snapseed's Double Exposure tool I chose the lace image and placed it over the butterfly. I adjusted it and then used the Overlay and reduced the Opacity. At first the colors were very bright. I lightened and softened them using tools under Details and Tune Image where I reduced Structure, Saturation and Brightness. There are still some spots around the image I think need to be removed or blended. I used the Healing Tool to blend some areas.

Panasonic Lumix G1 for both images, and both hand held
Butterfly: Aperture mode, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO400
Lace curtain: IA mode, f/3.5, 1/100, ISO160

Final edits in Snapseed: Double Exposure, Overlay, Opacity reduced, Details -- Structure reduced, Tune Image-- Saturation reduced, Healing Tool to smooth some small areas

8 comments posted

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
I like this complex abstract you created. My suggestion would be to lighten the butterfly and add a little contrast to it, so it does not so completely blend in with the lace. You certainly can see what it is, but I think drawing just a little more focus to it helps.   Posted: 06/07/2021 14:06:44
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Yes, I think the butterfly could use some adjusting to pull it out of the lace. Thank you, Bob!   Posted: 06/12/2021 09:20:00

Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
I am amazed by your creative idea of combining these 2 photos and you have chosen a good title. I like the washout color which suits your title well. I have a suggestion is to reduce the sizes of the flower and the butterfly so that they can make passage through the window.   Posted: 06/10/2021 11:35:49
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Good idea to shrink the flower and butterfly and fit them to go through the window! Thank you, I love the many options with apps for creativity and have alot of fun with them.   Posted: 06/12/2021 09:11:26

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
In the good old slide days, this was called a sandwich. And one could get astonishing images, as you did it here. I like the subtlety of the composition, and that one can still distinguish the bud and the butterfly behind the curtain. You produced the right tones. Nothing to add to improve the picture.   Posted: 06/11/2021 19:02:54
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Thank you, Jose. I find myself doing more of this in the past year, and I enjoy it. The apps and editing programs we have now offer worlds of creativity.   Posted: 06/12/2021 09:25:40

Anges van der Logt   Anges van der Logt
I like the creativity shown in this image and the subtle tones used. The only thing I can comment on maybe is that the petal of the flower just behind the butterfly seems to combine with the butterfly in the final image, probably because the colours are subdued in the final image, and therefore you cannot distinguish the butterfly from the petal that much. Maybe you could fix this by brightening the butterfly a bit ( so it stands out more in the image) or returning the color of the petal just a tiny bit. For the rest, a very nice and creative image!   Posted: 06/14/2021 01:30:06

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Belinda, your montage is very effective here and has created a dreamy look to your flower and butterfly. The color palette is quite pleasing, and the parallel lines of the folds in the curtain give the appearance of streaks of sunlight.
My only suggestion is to add a vignette to darken the corners, especially the bottom right.   Posted: 06/16/2021 09:05:43


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