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Waking The Witch

By Nick_w      
The start of what I hope to be a long term project.

I have long been an admirer of the work of Yves Lecoq

I would post a link but he only posts on a.n.other photo site and doesn't have his own website. Besides I'm sure you all know how to use Google.

Total honesty this is a composite of royalty free images. I was trying out a new avenue of work - I will post the three originals alongside so you can see where I'm starting from (I chose 3 mundane images on purpose). I wasn't going to post, but was encouraged to by someone who will remain nameless. But thanks Wink

I would appreciate those with a critical eye to give it the once over, particularly those with experience in doing composites / digital manipulation, as i'm still very green when it comes to Photoshop manipulation..

This will be the first and last time I use such images, I have already started to search for my own stock images. Just need to find a few willing "volunteers" to act as models - any takers ? LOL Smile

I'm expecting a bit of a mixed reception from this as a result, I was going to disable voting but forgot to tick the box, oh well.

Tags: Black and white Digitally manipulated Dreamscape Sqaure Humour and fun Squarescape

Voters: MikeGillingham, bobalot, GERRYGENTRY and 83 more

Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes



Ade_Osman 19 4.5k 36 England
4 Sep 2011 5:49PM
Clever manipulation work....

Roly 15 Wales
4 Sep 2011 5:58PM
V1 is excellent.
realgraphics 14 16 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2011 6:01PM
this is great i love the showing of your sources
Jon.H 21 19 England
4 Sep 2011 6:04PM
Great work.
blomman 19 3 Sweden
4 Sep 2011 6:16PM
Love it, well performed.
DaveGu 16 1 1 England
4 Sep 2011 6:23PM
Like it, good ps work.

Sean_Dillon 14 2 2 England
4 Sep 2011 6:34PM
Greta work, its always great to have some insight into how these are put together - so thank you for showing.
MrsS 16 4.5k 18 England
4 Sep 2011 6:42PM
Nicely done Smile

Fran x
chase Plus
17 2.5k 669 England
4 Sep 2011 6:56PM
Well done Nick,a good composite.
Would perhaps have liked to have seen a little more shadow cast by the subject with the light behind her I suspect they would have been slightly longer.
I do think the mono conversion works well here & the vignette in the sky sets the mppd nicely for me.
Models are few & far between Nick,they will sometimes work for prints though if you get the right ones.
soulofharmony 13 22 1 Norfolk Island
4 Sep 2011 7:06PM
outstanding and very emotive work...!!!

Nikki !!!
Nick_w Plus
15 4.4k 100 England
4 Sep 2011 7:07PM
Thanks everyone Smile

Thanks Janet, very good point re the shadow (I've marked as constructive), although I held back a bit on the shadow, as the light as I tried to portray it was misted and diffused slightly, but I could (should) have been bolder with the shadow.

Just noticed the award - Thanks Dave Smile really appreciated
Coleslaw 17 13.4k 28 Wales
4 Sep 2011 7:49PM
I supposed this is only level and curve....LOL
Nick_w Plus
15 4.4k 100 England
4 Sep 2011 7:51PM

Quote:I supposed this is only level and curve....LOL

... of course, its the only bit of Photoshop I know Wink Although I've spent a lot longer on standard Landscapes than I did on this, believe it or not.
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4347 Canada
4 Sep 2011 8:00PM
A great tutorial by including the component shots. The finished image has a wonderful other-worldly impression for me. The composite is first rate, and though I see Chase's point, its because you asked for the once over, - Chase obliged with those super sharp eyes, - most would not notice.

The CC is greened.

Nick_w Plus
15 4.4k 100 England
4 Sep 2011 8:08PM
Thanks Willie, thats a compliment, I was trying for a slightly (understated) surreal feel. I was going to include something else, but I will save that for when all the base images are my own (I have one idea brewing at the moment).

I know Janet was being uber critical - I wouldn't expect anything else, and its what I called for, any why I submitted it for "mark as constructive" - the more the merrier. Its the only way to improve is by considered thoughtful critiques.
dathersmith 15 565 12 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2011 8:35PM
Different for you Nick and excellent, looking forward to the rest from this project.

arhb 15 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2011 8:52PM
This is excellent Nick.
I have often considered membership, just to enable me to upload the individual images that I use for my comp's - which are generally the same - bg, sky and subject, and sometimes with a few flying birds thrown in Smile Paree has often in the past done similar with her comp's, using the variants facility.

I wouldn't say it is that difficult to get willing models to participate in such projects - all the models I've met through 1 year at/on modelmayhem, are actually more interested in projects such as this, as opposed to run-of-the-mill shoots. I then share my choice of the usable shots with those involved(model/mua etc), using a fileshare site like dropbox.

The one thing I have learned is to remember to take all your resource shots, including that of your subject, from the same angle, with an eye on light direction, but these are things I imagine you might have already considered.
I have also found that if I'm photographing models in a studio situation, with a view to using the shots for comp's, a grey bg works best, as it works as the best contrast for most hair colours(blond to black), and produces no colour cast, that can be caused when using green, blue, (and also black or white) bg's.
Look forward to seeing your future projects.
jeronius 13 2 1 England
4 Sep 2011 10:26PM
Daisymaye Plus
14 26 24 Canada
4 Sep 2011 10:50PM
Wonderful to see the shots that make up this lovely image. Certainly gives one ideas. Excellent work...........Sandy
HectorRivera 15 17 1 United States
5 Sep 2011 8:11AM
Extraordinary image. Love the postprocessing, great compo, excellnet composite work.
Ian-Munro 15 200 15 Wales
5 Sep 2011 9:12AM
Its good to see the images used Nick. I think you have done a great job on the selections, they don't look that rushed to me mate.

All in all good prep for the new venture. I hope to see some great new concepts soon, give me a shout if you need to throw some ideas about.

Nick_w Plus
15 4.4k 100 England
5 Sep 2011 10:19AM
Thanks everyone. I may just take you up on that offer Ian Wink
Rollover 13 7 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2011 1:32PM
Outstanding manipulation & processing.
Very jealous of your PS skills! Wink
Such emotion & untold story from a composite.
Nice one.
Take care
TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
5 Sep 2011 2:03PM
Well, your PS skills look good to me, Nick! Wink A super piece of work, like it Smile
Trev Smile
Eviscera 16 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2011 6:52PM
Really liking this Nic , and evocative of Yves Lecoq , with the considered vignette , mono approach and three simple elements.

Perhaps a softer blend of the skyline to the horizon to "roll" the depth might improve the ambience a bit.

Good ps work on the model , and as you now have her on a new layer , might be an idea to have a play around with the subjects scale and placement.

You cleverly thought about the scale of the model relating to the grass around her feet, but making her smaller and dropping her further back into the frame , would have created an entirely different mood as well .

Half the size , dead centre still using the leading lines Wink
derekhansen 14 210 24 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2011 8:06PM
Absolutely superb Nick.
Nick_w Plus
15 4.4k 100 England
5 Sep 2011 10:15PM
Thanks everyone. Some good points there Dave, I agree the horizon could be more diffuse, something I will bare in mind next time. Interesting putting her bang in the middle - something I did consider as I do like a strong central composition. I have a few more ideas, will take a while as I will be collecting my own images. I already have some stored up.

I did have other ideas to lift this to a new dimension, but I decided to keep those under my hat, for an image all of my own creation.
Mynett 14 142 6 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2011 10:17PM
very nice compilation, one to be proud of, it was good to see how the images began too, so thank you for sharing

DaveU 17 1.4k 127 England
6 Sep 2011 11:37PM
Quite simply superb Nick. You've taken three pretty mundane source images and created an image to be really very proud of ..... wish it was mine. Just viewing this on my brand new 24" "professional" monitor and I'm blown away by the quality of the monochrome conversion. If you find any dolly-birds that are willing to be tied up then give me a shout and I'll come along too Smile
Nick_w Plus
15 4.4k 100 England
6 Sep 2011 11:48PM
That's a compliment indeed Dave.

I would have been happier if they had been my own images - next time.

Quote:If you find any dolly-birds that are willing to be tied up then give me a shout and I'll come along too Smile

Thats not a pretty thought Wink Tho I've had no takers to my request so far.
ade_mcfade 19 15.2k 216 England
7 Sep 2011 7:57AM
nice work with photoshop....

inspired me to find a few books on the subject Smile
Nick_w Plus
15 4.4k 100 England
7 Sep 2011 9:24AM
I could always give you some leasons Wink
newfocus 16 647 2 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2011 10:09PM
I think most of the helpful feedback has been said but just to add that years back I read a photoshop compositing tutorial and the key to a convincing result really was to have everything shot in the same way. In addition to the similar direction and quality of light that's been mentioned, the focal length and dof of the shot need to match for best possible results, e.g. model shot with a mid/telephoto lens against a wide angle landscape will tend to look a little like a cardboard cutout whereas similar focal lengths will be more natural/convincing.

I'll paste a link if I can find it again - looking forward to seeing more.
Nick_w Plus
15 4.4k 100 England
18 Sep 2011 10:50AM
Thanks John, composites are relatively new to me so all advice gratefully received.
HowardA 16 231
21 Sep 2011 11:11AM
Well done Nick - you underplay your skills!!
NobbytheNobster 13 33 5 England
22 Oct 2011 9:34PM
Wow this really is a great and inspirational image.
Very well done indeed.
4 Nov 2011 10:36PM
this is far better
Nick_w Plus
15 4.4k 100 England
4 Nov 2011 11:22PM
Thanks Mark

I would be interested to find out why you prefer this Mark, all I would say is check the monitor calibration - as the other image has an awful lot of detail in the light tones - I only know because I had to recalibrate the laptop as it looked completely different from the main PC. The other image was processed to have an ethereal feel.

For those not sure this is the image Mark refers to.

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