Connie Reinhart  

Golden Swan by Connie Reinhart

August 2022 - Golden Swan

August 2022 - Connie Reinhart


About the Image(s)

This was demonstrated at Hazel Meredith’s Creative Conference. The subject was a colorful bird in full flight, swirled around a circle with the final image at about 2:00. It was stunning. I have no birds; they tend to fly away. But here is a colorful Brown-eyed Susan. The flower was selected from the original and pasted into a new file on its own layer. A black fill layer was placed under the flower layer. A black drop shadow was added to the flower. It does not show on the black background, but adds dimension to subsequent copies of the flower. After that this is just a step-and-repeat process. The first flower was edited to the desired scale and placed at the right spot. That layer was copied; image was adjusted for size, placement, and rotation. Size was increased from 110% to 130% as the layers piled up. Rotation point was moved to a petal tip because it seemed like a good idea. Use minus numbers to rotate counter-clockwise, plus numbers to rotate clockwise. Once the largest flower was added I stamped up and used a hi pass filter to sharpen. This image is not quite the shape I had in mind, but it does look like a golden swan. A little butterfly in the upper left corner might be nice, but, alas, I have no such image.

6 comments posted

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Great Job. I would not change a thing. I would love to know how to do this. I did register for Hazel's Conference in 2023. I am looking forward to that. She is going to speak to our camera club in September 2022. I love her work. Thank you for post this image.   Posted: 08/02/2022 23:06:46

Witta Priester   Witta Priester
Connie, this is definitely a fun image and I love the idea of it. Thanks for the instruction. In my opinion, your swan looks more like a graphic design, than a photograph. I tried adding some texture to the flowers and adding a gradient adjustment layer to the background. I like the result well enough, but feel it's still pretty much a graphic…
  Posted: 08/03/2022 09:55:54
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Michael Moore   Michael Moore
I like your idea of taking a "standard" photo and creating something special and think this would make for a fun image on a greeting card.

I might reduce the opacity of the drop shadow a bit to soften the effect. The black background makes for a dramatic image and works. Would a lighter texture work well here?   Posted: 08/04/2022 14:41:18

Carol Watson   Carol Watson
A great image and I admire your patience in creating all those layers to generate the image. As Michael suggested I would soften the drop shadow and perhaps play around with different coloured backgrounds.   Posted: 08/06/2022 06:05:46

Denise McKay   Denise McKay
I feel this is a great example of graphic art. You did a really nice job balancing the various sizes on the layers! So much patience!

I agree that it might be fun to play around with different backgrounds, but the black really makes the yellow stand out. So if that was your goal, you succeeded! Like others, I see this on a card as well. Really nice Connie.   Posted: 08/07/2022 10:06:24

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 24 & 48)
As I was in the middle of monitoring all of the groups I absolutely had to stop and read your description as to how you created this fabulous image. This should be a winner everywhere. Well done!   Posted: 08/12/2022 08:39:13


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