Added to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge, In the Distance.
This panorama is the second of two that I created for my Photoshop class:
In full size this is a 36″x 17″ print. I know there is a limit to what can be viewed here on the blog, so I have put it in my Flickr photo stream as well.
Since the theme of the WordPress photo challenge is hue, I will start by talking about that. When I was thinking about the final panorama, I wasn’t sure at first if I was going to stick with the green tones that were in the original photograph. So, I experimented with that a bit. You might remember that I blogged this photo a few weeks ago:
At this stage I was trying to decide if I was going to make the panorama match this more golden hue instead of the green. I decided to stick with green, but if you would like to see how I made the green photo golden, the post is here. You found the green version of this photo in the panorama above right?
Once I had decided to stick with the green hue, I created the panorama of gravestones in Photoshop. In order to get these photos, I used my tripod. My tripod can pretty much lay flat, and I used it in that position, because I liked the angle that included the grass in the foreground and I also like the way the background turned out in the series of photos.
If you are going to shoot a panorama, consider using a tripod or other flat surface because it makes it easier for the software to put together your final image. The other thing to remember when shooting a panorama is to leave overlap in your photos so that the software has things from your first image that it can match up with your second image and so on.
But this is actually two panoramas. The stone angel is a panorama as well, although a smaller one than the gravestones. I put these two panoramas together in Photoshop. The gravestones are one layer and the angel is another. The original canvas was white, but I put a stone texture on it and then a layer of green. I chose the specific green color by using the eyedropper tool and selecting a green that was in the gravestone panorama. The cross that is behind the angel is actually a photoshop brush that I downloaded from Obsidian Dawn. I included just a general link so that you can see the wide range of brushes they have, but I used one from a series of celtic crosses. The text is Psalm 23, and I just used a separate layer for that and typed it in.
So, that is actually a pretty brief version of how I created the panorama, it was a fairly involved project. What do you think of the final version? Questions and comments are welcome below.
I look at a lot of different blogs, including those of artists whose work is quite different from mine. I get a lot of inspiration and other tips from various blogs here on WordPress. The blogger I’m about to thank is one whose blog has content that some would label as “mature” in terms of content and vocabulary, if that bothers you, don’t click on the links. I’d like to thank Cardinal Guzman for the idea to post my larger panoramas on Flickr, he does a lot of street photography and has some beautiful, moody images on both of his blogs, which can be found here and here.
This week at Where’s my backpack? the theme is shadows. I thought I would do a little bit different of a take on shadows. In this case I am talking about shadows of the past. I enjoy taking pictures of graveyards. These are a few I took in Halifax, Nova Scotia:
I enjoy walking around, looking at the markers, and appreciating the quiet that cemeteries usually afford.