Gwen Neff  

Time for Dreaming by Gwen Neff

July 2021 - Time for Dreaming

July 2021 - Gwen Neff


July 2021 - Gwen Neff

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July 2021 - Gwen Neff

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About the Image(s)

One night I woke up and heard little sounds coming from my dog who was sound asleep and apparently dreaming. The experience led me to create this image and give me additional experience with composite blending.
I started by choosing three photos, the clouds, the dog sleeping, and the clock. I opened the clouds image first. Next, I opened both the dog and the clock and resized and positioned them. I added a layer mask to the clouds image layer, and using the brush on the layer mask brought out the dog and the clock. I merged the 3 layers and went into smart photo editor to add some sharpening and texture adjustments. I also added additional adjustments with a neutral filter layer in Photoshop. Merged these three layers. I added a gradient layer to the image and on another layer, I used the brush tool to touch up the background layer with a light blue color. Finally, I adjusted the brightness/contrast on an adjustment layer and the vibrance on another adjustment layer and gadded my signature.

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

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
Nice concept. Don't you love the way a dog can sleep!

My only suggestion would be to distort the clock, as in a dream, nothing is is precisely defined.   Posted: 07/02/2021 10:02:27
Gwen Neff   Gwen Neff
Hello Georgianne!

Thank you for that suggestion! You are exactly right I will go back and distort the clock some and try to repost it soon.

My 2 dogs are master sleepers for sure.

Gwen   Posted: 07/02/2021 18:29:40

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
This is a master sleeper, indeed, and you have created his dream world beautifully. Good job.   Posted: 07/03/2021 19:51:12
Gwen Neff   Gwen Neff
Thank you for this kind words! My dog Mick (Jagger - I'm very much a Rolling Stones fan from way back)) is an especially loving boy who also sleeps a lot (he's 9 years old), so this picture is special to me.   Posted: 07/04/2021 11:21:06

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Gwen, I love your sweet "puppy" sleeping in the clouds. You have blended the images together so very well, and the blue tone to the image brings everything together. Love it.   Posted: 07/05/2021 14:54:24
Gwen Neff   Gwen Neff
Thank you so much Candy! He is a sweet boy!   Posted: 07/05/2021 17:13:25

Steve Estill   Steve Estill
You've put this together very well Gwen. I think the clock could be less opaque and maybe a bone could be included for his dream.
Good that you're a Stones fan - I've been one since 1964 and had every album until I went to sea in 69 - my kind brother decided to sell them while I was away. We've never been the same since!   Posted: 07/09/2021 15:06:18
Gwen Neff   Gwen Neff
Hi Steve,

Thank you for your input. Please see my reply to Fran which sums up my thinking.

Have a great day!

  Posted: 07/11/2021 09:05:29

Jan Handman   Jan Handman
This is a sweet image Gwen. You've done a very nice job with your masking and blending. I like Steve's suggestion of adding a bone or something else a dog would be dreaming about (squirrel?) because it would bring in a third element, which is usually pleasing to the eye and makes for nice composition. An alternative would be to make your pup or the clock much larger so they aren't so much the same size. It's so cool that you took an experience and turned it into a forever photo memory. Well done!   Posted: 07/10/2021 13:56:15
Gwen Neff   Gwen Neff
Hi Jan,

Thank you for your input on my image. Please see my reply to Fran that pretty much sums up my thinking.

Have a great day!   Posted: 07/11/2021 09:06:39

Fran McFadzen   Fran McFadzen
I so love your idea, Gwen. But I feel that the composition is not telling the lovely story of your words. The three elements are entirely disconnected. I have taken the liberty of reorganising the elements and overlapping them quite a bit so that they are integrated. The layer with your dog was set to Soft Light at 100% so that he is dreaming within the clouds, and the clock was selected then placed on the layer beneath the dog, masked so that the face and the paw were around the clock. This layer is set to Lighten with 40% Opacity. Lastly, I used liquify to bring the right side paw so that it bent around to hold the clock.   Posted: 07/10/2021 19:41:17
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Gwen Neff   Gwen Neff
Hello Fran,
What a lovely rework you have done. It is quite lovely; however, I really feel like it tells a different story and the dog appears deceased rather than dreaming.
I believe my image tells my story quite well as I see it. My dog naps in that position on the arm of that chair regularly and goes off into dreamland dreaming about who knows what. I placed the clock on the photo to emphasize the time of day (12:19 can be seen as an afternoon nap or as after midnight when sleeping is usually happening). I prefer to keep the dog sharper in the image because I do not want him to appear deceased but just dreaming (I tried softening him earlier on and did not like the feel of that). Someone suggested distorting the clock, but I prefer to keep it as is because it strongly emphasizes the time and is not part of the dream. Some have also suggested adding a bone etc., but that would project to the viewer what the dog is dreaming about. I do not know what the dog is dreaming about, and that was what made me move to create the image in the first place. So, I prefer leaving those additions out of the image. I think clouds, dog, clock are the three elements necessary for this image to tell my story and allow the viewer to think about what the dog might be dreaming about.
With all that said, I believe the image holds together tells my story simply and well, but also encourages a viewer to think about the time of day and what the dog may be dreaming about.
Again, thank you for you input!
Enjoy the day!
  Posted: 07/11/2021 09:04:07