Kirsti Näntö-Salonen  

The Healer's Dream by Kirsti Näntö-Salonen

July 2024 - The Healer's Dream

July 2024 - Kirsti Näntö-Salonen


July 2024 - Kirsti Näntö-Salonen

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About the Image(s)

Here is ”The Healers Dream”. I keep coming back to imaginary scenes in the most beloved historical fantasy novel of my youth, about the peasant woman who found a mysterious herb that cured leprosy, and, sadly, ended up to be burned as a witch because of her unexpected success. Our camera club made a trip to the island where the story was set, and I tempted a fellow photographer to play along and pose as the heroine (Orig. 1). Orig. 2 is spring flowers from the island of Gotland. The composite is plain cut-and-paste of several layers from the two images, with liberal use of fog and mist assets from Affinity Photo library in various opacities, and this new Average Blur trick as a finish. - I aimed at something with a luminous dream-like quality. I have been going back and forth with contrast, brightness and glow - I wonder if I lost the magic at some point and ended up with just something flat. I very much look forward to all help and ideas.

2 comments posted

Bruce Harley   Bruce Harley
Hi Kirsti, Double exposure is a great effect if you can pull it off, and you have here. Read your comments about flatness, this comes with mist and fog pictures I am afraid, tried various methods but it is what it is. Saying that it works here, and I like it very much.
The hand bothers me somewhat, and I am not sure if it would be better with it gone. Portraits with hands are always problematic.
Apart from that - the content, story, exposure, composition are all great. Well done.   Posted: 07/11/2024 04:34:44
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Thank you so much, Bruce! I was bothered by the hand myself, too, especially by the well manicured nails, and kept adding various layers to soften it. I wonder if it would be better to try to remove it altogether, or to hide it under extra layers?   Posted: 07/11/2024 10:09:55


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