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….
I had thought about taking a reflection photo and totally blanking out the background on both the subject and its reflection to see how it would come out. Thats what I did here. If you look closely, I finished it off by applying an oil paint filter on the photo to make the remaining image look like it was a painting – including some texture. Not sure whether I like it or not but it was a fun experiment. What do you think?
It was a rainy day here in san diego so I had some time to kill. I stumbled across a YouTube video tutorial on how to use photoshop to make it appear that your images are jumping out of the photo – I thought I’d give it a try. Here’s the result of that tutorial on one of my Bear photos from our Alaska trip in 2011. This is a pretty quick and dirty experiment – I would have taken much more time (this took about 25 minutes) if I’d have wanted to do a “clean version”. Kinda fun – Hope you enjoy….
Any of you who have seen yesterday’s post know about all the things that were going on in the train station. I have an additional photo that I want to share. A few days after we were there, I took a photo of a monkey sitting on a log in the jungle that looked like he was waiting for a bus or a train. As I had just bought and started to experiment with photoshop, I cut him out of that photo and placed him in a photo I had taken at the train station – sitting on a bench between two bags. I showed that modified photo to our guide who really enjoyed it so I decided to continue to put other animals we had seen into that train station photo. I didn’t take much time to do any of the edits so its not very professional but I think its fun anyway…..hope you do too. Here’s the final photo of the train station with its “special guests”…..
PS – there are seven different animals inserted into the station…..got them all?