Hi, Rick. When I was reading your message, even before I saw the picture you posted, I remembered this creation of mine. Curiously, it resembles your picture. I basically used the magic wand to select the boring overcast sky, and created another (gradient) layer. The stars were made, one by one. I burnt the stars and dodged the center of the Moon.
I would definitely not say that it puts yours to shame, Rick. I liked it that in yours there seems to be a wall being lit by the lamp, but at the same time there's an eerir ghost tree that doesn't reflect any light. A tree that is completely dark.
I don't know if you used embossing, but it has a 3-d effect. Cheers, Marcelo
I've been playing around with creating a 3-D appearance to add depth to some flower photos. Here is a recent experiment I did with a Day Lily pic. You'll have to let me know if the effect works for you. I'm still deciding.
Shot with my FE/Sensia 100. Photoshop 5.5 adjustments... - Magnetic lasso to isolate and copy just the flower onto a new layer right over the same spot. - applied bevel/embossing and added a drop shadow to just the 2nd layer to add separation from background on 1st layer. - flattened layers and added lighting effect to spotlight flower and darken background.
Although it does have that 3-D appearance, it also gives me the impression of a cut and paste.(sorry) I have tried to do something similar to what you have done, but I haven't had much luck making it look natural. I must say that your looks much better than mine.
I'm going to nit pick. In the bear pic, it looks like there is just your head on the ground. While interesting and quite humerous, it is less realistic. Try putting some of your body between the bears legs, if you know what I mean.
When I originally shot this, it was in the early afternoon on a very flat, overcast day. I decided to turn it into an evening picture with the lighthouse shining it's light. Cropped, with lighting effects and lens flare added. I also added noise for an artsy look.
Here are a couple I've being working on. A bird (gerentuk) getting all wrapped up in a hot day (Fuji Superia 100, N70 and Nikkor 70-300D) and an old photo of folk singer Pete Seager (Kodak Tri-X pushed to 1600, FM and Soligar 70-210). Both were mangled by photoshop 7.
I was trying for a moody effect by shooting through the windshield during a rainstorm. It didn't turn out the way I wanted so I figured I'd just whack the hell out of it with curves and saturation. It's still not what I wanted but I had fun playing with it.
What a wonderful collection of images! Brilliant imagination as well. Here's a combination shot I think I've posted before - the sky and birds were taken separately, merged, and the sky somewhat darkened.
Wow, some terrific stuff. My efforts have just been cleaning-up efforts. Here's an original shot of the Alhambra where the crowds are always very large. I took several shots from the same position, selected the one with the least people and then pasted in areas from other pictures where there were no people. In one area of the pool I couldn't get a clear reflection so I flipped a wall, distorted the perspective, and then applied a slight ripple filter. I enhanced some windows inside the building, and their reflections in the pool. In the final picture, there's just one couple in the main door, for size comparison.
I love the ones of the trees here. They look like paintings. Very good effect.
I wish I had the time (and the patients) to sit down and really learn how to use either PS of PaintShop Pro. I really only use PS Pro to correct color, contrast yada yada yada.... You guys are really creating some cool stuff.