Photo by AMPt member Adam Conner
Part of the ongoing arc_2xTake series.
I love setting personal challenges with editing so for this shot I challenged myself to create a realistic image by blending parts of other images together.
- Selected 4 images taken with the Hipstamatic Alfred Infrared/Melodie combo (tree on left, trees on right, ground and trees on horizon)
- Brought each image into Filterstorm, converted to bw and then used the color tool to apply a white gradient to isolate the area of the image I wanted to use.
- Blended the resulting images together using the Double Exposure effect, multiply blend option and gradient tool to ensure smooth blending.
- Used the multiple blend option again to add the figure of the child running
- Setup the ProHDR app and stood in a hallway so I was backlit for the “giant” silhouette (yes that’s me).
- Cleaned up image to isolate my silhouette and used the multiply blend option again to add the final figure to the image.
Now that I had a nice bw base image I needed to create a mood and bring the image to life.
- Selected the second default setting
- Reduced height of reticle
- Positioned over figure of child
- Selected White Spikes
- Set brightness to 30%
- Positioned between tree and leg of large silhouette
- Light leak overlay at full strength
- Added Paint Dabble Texture @ 50% with Bright style option
- Added second layer with Nebula @ 50% and Blue Streak style option
- The blank sky didn’t fit well so I took a shot of some clouds, converted to bw and increased the contrast
- Applied to working image with Double Exposure effect, multiply blend option and brush tool over sky area
- The giant silhouette was a bit to crisp so I applied the Diffusion > Contrast 2 effect to blend the image better.