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Weekly Photo Challenge: Take Three

The WordPress weekly photo challenge asks for a story told in three pictures.  I have three pictures for you.  It is another evolution of my food photography project which is now on it’s third post.  Here are the photos:

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These photos were taken as the sun was going down, hence the golden light.  I shot a series of them also in the morning light and they have a much colder feel to them.  The second photo was shot with a piece of black paper in the background to make the steam visible.  The third photo is actually a combination of the first two photos that I created in Photoshop.

First, I started with the two photos in Bridge and went to Photoshop-load as layers.  That opened the two photos in a single layered file in Photoshop.  From there I went to Edit-Auto Align Layers and used the auto function to line up the two photos exactly.  Because I used a tripod and shot them in a sequence, the two photos had already been pretty close, but not exact.  Then with the darker photo on top, I dropped its opacity.  That is how the third photo came to be.

What do you think? Is the hybrid photo your favorite or do you prefer one of the other ones?  I have also changed the composition of the photos again.  Do you like it better or do you prefer something you saw in post one or post two?  Feel free to leave a comment below.

Thanks to everyone who has been commenting on this project as I have been working on it.  Once one of my photos is accepted in class, I will probably be making some other adjustments in Photoshop, just to clean it up.





48 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Take Three

  1. I prefer the second photo. Don’t ask why on a techie note because you’ve lost me with all that PS stuff! The reason I like it is because of the swirls in the steam are clearer 🙂 and because it’s a nicely composed shot – as are the other two…


  2. My favourite is the middle one, but to be honest I can’t see a difference between the second and third. I definitely prefer the composition with the steam, so this is my favourite of the three posts. Lovely shots!


    • Yes, it is a subtle difference, and I am not sure if I’ll be messing with the Photoshop version more, or perhaps just trying something else. I do like the steam that was added in this round, so I think that will be staying in this project. Thanks for commenting 🙂


  3. I think all the images in all three posts are beautiful! I can’t choose just one: The red tablecloth really adds punch … the steam and background in your second photo above grab me … so I have to say it’s a tie. 🙂

    But they really are all striking!


  4. Lovely photo, I like the low angle and the light……but I don’t really see much difference between the second and third shot….so I will choose the second shot as it didn’t take so much work!
    I am viewing this on an iPad which might mean the image quality isn’t good enough to see the subtle differences though 🙂


  5. This is a series of amazing images, Amy! It’s incredible you captured the steam, and the morning sunlight adds a beautiful atmosphere. Thank you for sharing the process of making this perfect photo!


    • Actually, these are my afternoon ones, the morning photos have a much colder feel to them. I haven’t posted them yet, but might just because they are so different. It is amazing how much difference the light can make in the outcome of a photo.


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  10. I prefer the darker background of the 2nd image. I do like how there is a bit more light on the cup in the third image. Instead of layering the first two images, maybe you could bring up the shadows and highlights of the second image on the cup in the foreground.


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