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I read the blog by JanieB43 yesterday and was really pleased I had taken the trouble. She took a photo that she had used to create a particular image from. Then she led the reader step by step through how she had created the image from the raw material of the photo. It was not an attempt to show how clever she was, nor was it her trying to say that how she did it was "the" way it should be done. It was simply a person letting everyone else know how she got a particular result. It was brilliant.
Personally I think that we need a lot more of this stuff. Ok we have the various seminars and video tutorials and we get articles on a specific technique in a general way, but this was much lower key. Just a photographer telling others how she did something. There was no need to judge it. There was no reason for those not interested in that style to read on. Yet for those who thought it was a good idea it was so easy to follow.
Today I am going to try to put the same sort of emphasis into my blog entry. This is the story of "Footprint."
I started with this image of a piece of street art in Swansea.
This is after I played around with levels in Photoshop to get the right tones. My next step was to use the polygonal lasso tool to do a quick selection of the statue. I then chose "selection inverse" which left me with everything except the statue selected.
What I want to achieve was a sense of motion making the footprint seem as though it was coming towards the camera lens. To do this I chose the motion blur filter and set it to around 12. This was the result.
I realise that the part of the image that I wanted to stand out was not central in the photo so i cropped a bit off the right hand side.
i like to present my images on a black background. I use a plain black image sized 900px X 600px. This is for no other reason than it makes it easy to standardise images on my website ( Obviously I save the image full size on my PC.) Going back to the footprint image, first of all I increased the canvas size relatively by 40px all round. this gave me a black inside border.
Because this was going onto a larger black border ( i.e. the 900X600 ) I then increased the canvas by a further 2px, but changed the canvas colour to white.
It was this image that I resized to fit the 900X600 black screen. I made it width 850 px so that I had space all around the image when it was placed on the black background. To do this I sijmply selected the footprint image ( the 850px long version) and pasted it onto the black standard background - moving it up or down to position it. The final product was "Footprint"
Now you may or may not like this image. The effects may be too simple for you or you may feel they are over the top. These don't matter to me here. All I want to say is - "This is how I created this image" and hope that it might inspire someone to experiment.