Earlier in the week I posted a composite photo called “Spirit Bear” which is also posted below. I also wanted to share the original photos that I used for that composite as I thought they were pretty good Brown Bear photos in their own right. The first one is a close-up of a bear we called the fishing bear as he seemed to be the most interested in a fish diet as opposed to just grazing in the sedge fields. He was actually standing in the middle of a salmon stream when this photo was taken.
To make the background of the composite photo, I applied an oil painting filter to the photo, converted it to a textured sepia tone and then applied a white vignette to give it more of a drawing look. The second photo I used was a photo of the same bear charging after a fish (he didn’t get it). I just overlaid that photo on the portrait in photoshop, resized it into the lower right corner and then masked out the parts of the photo that I didn’t want.
In case you forgot, here is the composite….
Its time for another Photoshop experiment. I am still enjoying exploring what you can do with this program without spending alot of time in trying to come up with perfect versions of my experiments. I thought it would be fun to combine a couple of shots of the same animal into a single photo. I took one of my close up views of a beautiful brown bear from Alaska this summer and used one of the creative filters to make it look like an oil painting to give it kind of surreal look. I turned it into a sepia toned portrait and added a vignette around the subject to fade out the details around the edges. I then superimposed an action photo of the same bear into the corner and masked out the extraneous details. While it is by no means perfect, I like the overall effect of the result. Hope you enjoy also…….