Jan Handman  


Hilltop Hideaway by Jan Handman

September 2021 - Hilltop Hideaway

September 2021 - Jan Handman

Original

September 2021 - Jan Handman

Original 2

September 2021 - Jan Handman

Original 3

About the Image(s)

Original 1 is from a neighborhood walk and was opened to function as the background, but I only wanted to use the flower portion. I added a light blue layer beneath it, applied a mask to the flower layer and eliminated the upper part so it appeared to be a hill of flowers with sky above it. Next I placed the house near the top of the hill. I wanted only the front part of the house to show, so I added a fuller tree with PS>Render>Tree. I also wanted the house to be a bit whimsical, so I used PS>Edit>Transform>and either Distort or Warp (can’t remember which), to lift up the roof peak and sink in the sides a bit. Then I painted the edges with a little brown to age the house. To create the path, I just used the same brown paintbrush. It was of course too even and looked painted on, so I painted some pink and white dots along the edge (and a few in the field of flowers) and created some shadows of them on the path. The bird (Original 3) was an illustration on a gift bag and I thought he would be a nice addition to the top of the roof. Final step was to flatten the layers and take it into On1 for a couple textures and a grunge vignette.


9 comments posted




Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
This image says, "Welcome!" The path and the flowers are joyful harbingers of a warm household. The path leading to the house is well constructed with your brown paintbrush and is finished off well with your pink and white "dots." Personally, I find the bird on the roof distracting, but that's a matter of taste. Nice work.   Posted: 09/04/2021 09:30:06



Brian Menzies   Brian Menzies
Nicely put together and the crow appeals. Looks like it's stealing the star decoration from the top of the house. The dark vignette on the left-hand side is very strong and perhaps distracting from the image. Hope you don't mind I had a play with working on a new crop and some of the tonality, looking to create a brighter leading line (path) to the door. The brightness in the flowers is also increased. As always it's a matter of how you feel about your image, and what you wanted to cahieve, this is just another approach.   Posted: 09/05/2021 01:03:34
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Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Thanks Brian and welcome to Group 34! I like what you did with my image. I was pretty heavy handed with the grunge filter so your version is much brighter. Thanks for taking the time to "have a play."   Posted: 09/05/2021 17:22:29
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Thanks Brian and welcome to Group 34! I like what you did with my image. I was pretty heavy handed with the grunge filter so your version is much brighter. Thanks for taking the time to "have a play."   Posted: 09/06/2021 20:43:54



Fran McFadzen   Fran McFadzen
Very nice work Jan. The little house has turned into a picture book dwelling. I think Hansel and Gretel might be inside!!!   Posted: 09/05/2021 23:55:03



Steve Estill   Steve Estill
Another masterpiece from the master! You've transformed the elements to make a magical image. The treatment of the whole image works so well. I like what Brian has done too.   Posted: 09/10/2021 17:23:00



Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Nice job, Jan. I like what you did to the house to give it some character. The color palette works well. the brown path through the field of flowers brings us straight to the house. The sky frames the house perfectly.   Posted: 09/12/2021 13:49:38



Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
So lovely...You really did the owner of this house a favor by replacing that proper hedge with a plethora of rich and beautiful flower power! I like the bird on the roof also. Brian's interpretation is more appealing to me, as it emphasizes the vertical pathway to the house.

Great image, worthy of a wall hanging!
  Posted: 09/24/2021 09:53:34
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Thanks Georgianne. I agree that Brian's vertical crop works better. Most of my images these days are originally created for Instagram, so I usually go with a square format to keep everything tidy in my IG gallery. But that means sometimes I compromise looks for logistics. In this case, I should have taken the time to fix it for posting to our Group.   Posted: 09/24/2021 14:52:01



 

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