50mm Lens, Animals, Canon 50D, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Project on the Threshold

For the project that I am currently working on, which is a tribute to Georgia O’Keeffe’s Cow’s Skull with Calico Roses, I have gotten to the stage where I am putting elements together.  I already have a cow skull and a tree blossom.  Here they are together:

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ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/125

Since I had already stripped the tree blossom from its background, this step was fairly easy.  I opened it in Photoshop, moved it on to the cow skull as a seperate layer and transformed it to make it smaller.

Because the original painting has a background element, I wanted to add one to my version as well:

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ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/125

This was actually a bit harder than adding the flower because I wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted to handle it.  In the version you see above I did the following.  I took a picture of the tree bark.  I edited it using the Oil Paint Filter.  Then I outlined a section of it and created a pattern.  I then created a layer, filled with the pattern, under the skull layer.  From there I put a mask on the skull layer, and using a bristle brush, painted in where I wanted the bark to show.  Here is a small screen shot of what my layers panel looks like:

The layers panel for this project.

The layers panel for this project.

So, this is the version that is going to be turned in as a draft for critique in my Photoshop class.  This is a project on the threshold, about to be evaluated for the first time. What do you think? Do you like the elements as they are? What changes would you make?  Feel free to comment below.

Cheers!

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50mm Lens, Animals, Canon 50D, Nature, Photo Editing, Photography

Building Blocks of a Project

If you have stopped by my blog lately you know that I am working on a new Photoshop project.  I recently wrote about a tree bloom that I am hoping to include in the project.  The instructions for the project are to pick a master painting and recreate it in some way.  A way to express yourself using another person’s art as the jumping off point. It’s a pretty broad assignment.  The painting I have picked is Cow’s Skull with Calico Roses by Georgia O’Keeffe.  I picked Georgia O’Keeffe because I admire her work.  I picked this particular painting because I have actually seen it in person.

My hope for this project is for my work to be a tribute but not an identical copy.  I will be using a cow’s skull though.  I borrowed one and took some photographs.  The rest of this post is about the shooting and editing of the skull.  Here is the original photo:

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ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/125

Because the tree bloom that I shot a few days before was shot in natural light, I also shot this using natural light and at about the same time of day.  The first thing I did with this unedited photo was to get rid of the cloth seam.  I used content aware fill to do that and it worked nicely.  I then sharpened the image a bit.  Next,  I used the Oil Paint filter to create a painted look.  Here is a screen shot of the settings that I used:

These are the settings for the Oil Paint filter

These are the settings for the Oil Paint filter

And here is the final skull:

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ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/125

The next step will be to add the tree bloom and then to consider adding a background element.

Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any thoughts or questions about this project.

Cheers!

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