Sometimes the weekly 52 Frames challenges are easy, like High Key or Self-Portrait. Other weeks, it’s something weird, like last week’s subject: Not What You See. The idea is to make an image, by whatever means you want, that isn’t actually real. I had zero ideas on this all week long, and figured I would be submitting a consistency shot (one that keeps your streak alive but doesn’t really meet the challenge criteria).
And then I went looking through all the photos I’d taken since the previous Sunday and this one kind of stuck out as a possibility.
I got the idea that it could be a portal to another dimension, so I started editing in Lightroom to make the colors a bit more otherworldly. Or at least less like the school building it was in real life…
Then I went into Photoshop and removed the light figure at the top, smoothed out the trashcan (couldn’t figure out how to remove it) and removed the background neighborhood stuff you see at the end of the tunnel.
I knew I wanted to make the end of the tunnel be a sky scene that I had shot during the week (which is also the top photo/cover photo in this post), but I didn’t know how to do that, so it was off to YouTube to find videos about Photoshop.
I had to select and cut the neighborhood stuff, then add a new layer, import the sky image to that layer, and, finally, make the tunnel the top layer so that the sky was only showing where I’d cut out the neighborhood. As a bonus, I kind of mushed the floor around a bit with cloning tools to make it look more like sand.
Behold the final image: Portal to Another Dimension!
I like how it turned out for my first serious Photoshop effort. It definitely challenged my nascent PS skills and made me want to learn more about PS tools so I can get even more creative with some of my images. I can see the power of PS but it’s not an easy set of tools to learn. On the other hand, I do have the time right now…
The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.