Tom Kredo  

Judgement Day by Tom Kredo

September 2021 - Judgement Day

September 2021 - Tom Kredo


September 2021 - Tom Kredo

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About the Image(s)

This is a relatively simple image. I used a few pieces of black cardboard sitting on white cardboard with a small LED light shining from left to right. I added myself using a green screen, and had to create the shadow behind me in photoshop. I layered a cloud shot and masked it in to make it look like I'm in heaven. It's a bit dark, but the COVID pandemic seems to bring that out in me.

11 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
This is a great concept and very successful. I have lots of thoughts about it. I like that you made the door very large compared to your figure. The light and shadow look good.
Critically, you might have put a horizon line in the area outside the door, but lacking one makes the scene more disturbing--a plus. The title might have been "The Unknown" because nothing in this image suggests the religious judgement day. Your shoes have a slight green tinge carried over from your setup.   Posted: 09/07/2021 12:51:59
Tom Kredo   Tom Kredo
Hi Stephen,
Thanks for taking the time to provide a thoughtful critique of my image. I like your suggested title, I'll probably use that. I did not see the green cast, shame on me. I'll make sure to fix that.
  Posted: 09/07/2021 13:31:53

Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
I love your concepts Tom! You have put into an image exactly how most of us feel right now! Kudos!
I also like you putting yourself into the image and can see a nice series in it all.
I've used a green screen in the past and prefer a black background for compositing although I can see why you would want green for separation from your dark clothing.
How do you eliminate the green when you do a selection?   Posted: 09/10/2021 21:28:31
Tom Kredo   Tom Kredo
Hi Kathy,
Yes, I was planning on having a series to show at a local gallery, maybe this year. Since I've been doing all b&w except for this image, it has not been a problem, but now it is. If you create a Hue/Sat layer on top of the green, you can use the eye dropper to select the green and then use the sliders to remove it.   Posted: 09/11/2021 09:54:09

Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Tom, I love this one Tom. The idea and execution are outstanding. My only suggestion would be to blow up the image of your body and desaturate or erase away the remaining green that is on your shoes and a small amount at the edge of your jacket.   Posted: 09/11/2021 21:34:16
Tom Kredo   Tom Kredo
Brad, I did and it does clean it up. Thanks.
  Posted: 09/14/2021 10:51:51

Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
I love how conceptual this is, very interesting! The concept is well thought out and

I agree about removing the green color cast.

I was thinking about waning and waxing moons and symbolism like in Andrew Wyeth paintings and wondered if him facing right would be more indicative of the future, i.e heaven, rather than looking backward and lamenting   Posted: 09/11/2021 22:58:11
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Tom Kredo   Tom Kredo
Hi Lisa,
Thanks for flipping this image. It is different, but I'm not sure if it is better. To me your orientation seems more sad, and backward looking. The original seems like I'm looking into the light instead of looking at the light. Anyone else have an opinion? Funny how much a difference it makes.   Posted: 09/14/2021 10:51:07
Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
I like both aspects and it all depends on your intention, Tom.   Posted: 09/19/2021 19:31:23
Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
Since we read left to right -- I interpret the light at the right as moving towards, hopeful, and the light at the left as looking back, lamenting.   Posted: 09/28/2021 11:24:31

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Tom, great composite. I like the simplicity of how you created this. I would like a border around the image so that the black of the image doesn't just extend into the black of the website background.

The above comments are a good education for me.   Posted: 09/19/2021 18:38:02


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