Some More Experimentation …

It has been a while since my last entry; lots of stuff going on surrounding photography, but no actual photography until yesterday morning.  Barb and I are on a road trip to Florida and stopped off the other day in Savannah to break up the trip and do a little touring.  Yesterday morning, I got a chance to spend about half an hour on Gordon Street near Chatham Park, where there are a number of old townhouses with ornate iron work railings.  I jumped at the chance to spend a few minutes there photographing the railings specifically with the intention shooting for mirror montages, like I described in my last post.  The first of these experiments is posted below.

The approach was fairly simple; duplicate the original image and then flip the duplicate horizontally, and then overlaywith the original, and adjust the images until you get the desired amount of overlap, then adjust the color balance and contrast to taste.  In this instance, I took the completed montage image and then duplicated it, after which I brightened up the original montage image and overlayed it with the duplicate image which had been blurred using the Photoshop Gaussian blur set to 20 pixels. I used the Multiply method to blend the layers.

Having had a chance to shoot specifically for these techniques, I am looking forward to getting to Venice, Florida in about ten days so that I can spend some time shooting some of the architecture there with montages in mind.


… and Other Techniques

Continuing on from last time with my exploration of Andre Gallant’s Book Digital Dreamscapes and Other Techniques, this post looks at what Andre calls a Mirror Montage.

This Mirror Montage is built from a single source image, a very bland photo of an iron stair rail at a building across the street from the old Customs House in downtown Charleston, SC.  I duplicated the original image in Photoshop, and then flipped the duplicate image on its vertical axis, so that the stair rail in the duplicate curved in from the left instead of the right.  I then combined the two images by layering one above the other and then used the Multiply blend mode so I could see both stacked images at the same time.  I moved the top image layer around until the ball at the bottom of the rail in both images overlayed itself, creating this interesting other worldly, mirrored scene.  I then cropped the intermediate image, retaining the middle one-third, to make the final composition you see above. To finish up, I adjusted the color saturation and contrast to wind up with a pure Photoshop fantasy.