Is That REAL???

14 01 2010

This assignment seriously pushed the limits of my Photoshop prowess and took a while to plan out, let alone execute.  I’d say that, for the most part, I am very pleased with how they turned out given my lack of experience in creating images like these.

This photo was taken outside my residence hall.  The image is grainy because I had the exposure set very high to get enough light to see what I was doing, but I think it actually helps accentuate the feel of the picture.  I took multiple images of Christian’s body from other photos and placed them around the scenery.  I also copied his bag to help the viewer realize that each figure is meant to be the same person.

This photo, unlike the previous one, was extremely easy to shoot and extremely difficult to edit.  I took a picture of my acoustic guitar laying on the carpet in my dorm, then copied the image, inverted it, rotated it 180 degrees, and positioned the two images so that they overlapped at the base of the guitar.  From there it was a matter of balancing the levels of the two photos so the wood lighting matched and using multiple layers of erasing and filling to create an illusion of the two guitars existing as one.

Sticking with the guitar theme, this is an up-close picture of my band’s lead guitarist wailing on his axe.  I took multiple shots like this, then copied his hand in one and repositioned it on the fret in the first picture.  The key to making this picture work was ensuring that there was enough space for the hand to fit appropriately on the fretboard.  Fortunately it turned out to be a near-perfect match!

This is my suite-mate and band drummer Phil going Danny Federici-style on his keyboard.  I originally wanted to put an entire third hand in the picture but this proved to be too difficult to make look realistic due to lighting imbalances.  Instead I simply copied Phil’s fingers and added them to free spaces on his hand.  Finally I adjusted the levels and blended the knuckles so that his new fingers they matched the rest of his hands.

My final surreal image is of one of the fountains at Elon University.  Though this image was not as difficult to produce, it took a very long time to copy the fountain and position all seventy layers!  I like how the shadow stretches evenly across the entire mega-fountain.

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