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Surf Horses | by MsBarrows
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Surf Horses

Decided to try out Pioneer Woman's photography assignment for this week - - which involves doing whatever edits you feel like to one of her photographs of the mustangs on the ranch.


To achieve the above image, I combined two photographs of surf (both by Brendan Ede, used under a Creative Commons license) and a desaturated and slightly blue-tinted copy of the horses. I hand-painted layer masks to control the visibility of the three layers and combine the beach from one shot, the surf from the second, and the horses.


Once I had a result I was happy with, I took a flattened copy of the image, trimmed it to produce the rounded corners, and added an edge burn on a multiply layer over top of the image.


The rocky shore in the foreground was too orange in tone (and the water a bit too blue) so I desaturated the whole image slightly, then used the grain filter to add the faint vertical streaking. Finally I used a couple of downloaded brushes to add the slight mottling along the upper edge, and the streaky mark.

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Taken on September 2, 2009