Week 12 was a lot of fun! Do I sound like a broken record yet?
I decided to incorporate some images from a recent trip to St. Augustine. I settled on a couple of bird images that I thought would make great overlays. The sky was grey that day, so there wasn't much to distract from the birds. Of course my process evolved as the week went along. I managed to capture some images of an osprey and a peregrine falcon. The birds took me by surprise when I first noticed them. I always feel unprepared for bird photography. I never seem to have the right lens, or my camera settings are off. These three images aren't strong in their own right, which is why they seemed ideal for incorporating into the 365 project. The image of the falcon is interesting in that its head is tilted to the side so its looking down at me with its falcon eye.
I had to do some sleuthing to figure out what birds they were. Since the images were poor it was hard to get the feather details. The osprey has a white belly and a distinct black line around its eye. The wing span is wide, and the tips flare out. The falcon was a bit harder to identify. It had the black eye markings, but its belly wasn't white. The tail didn't flare out like a hawks would, but maybe that was just because of its flight position. Given the facial markings I concluded it was a peregrine falcon. If any of you are birders and know the id of these birds please leave that info in the comments. On with the show...
For #78 I used two images of osprey flying overhead at Crescent Beach. The images in their own right weren't very good as I wasn't prepared to see one, so I had the wrong lens and shutter speed. But I still had to take the shot! With their neutral backgrounds they seemed like the perfect images to play around with overlays. Using different blend modes and arrangements on the canvas I was able to create an overlapping pattern of light and dark.
#79 reminds me of a fabergé egg. I made two duplicate layers of the raw. I applied a spherize filter to the first duplicate twice and dropped the opacity to 68%. I applied a spherize filter to the second duplicate once and dropped opacity to 34%. I applied brightness/contrast and curves adjustments to overall image, then rotated counter-clockwise 90 degrees.
#80 looks kind of like a fish! I applied a pinch filter at -100% twice to create a blown out look. I then made adjustments to levels and vibrance.
#81 Back to one of my favorite shapes... I used a shear filter in an s curve shape with repeated edge pixels. Brightness/contrast, vibrance, and black and white adjustments.
#82 This one was fun! I was enjoying the effects from the spherize filter and thought I would try manipulating copies of the image with it. It eventually turned into an eyeball.
#83 At this point I noticed that I had a lot of spherical, egg like shapes along with the birds. I thought I would blend the two themes together into one image. This time I used the peregrine falcon image. I added the spherize filter 3 times to bring up the blue of the raw image given a sense of sky.
#84 Bringing it all together! The s curve from #81 seemed out of place, so I thought I would use that concept as the background image. I then made small copies of the background with the spherize filter applied to give it that egg shape. The s curve reminds me of an intergalactic superhighway. The eggs are moving along down the highway. The falcons are just passing through taking it all in, as they seem to do when they come into my life.
And there you have it. Twelve weeks complete. What will week 13 bring? Sign up for my newsletter to stay in the loop. Have any questions? Is there an image you like most? Is there an edit you'd like to see? I'd love to hear from you. Thanks for following along!