My friend Iris was a big fan of How I Met Your Mother, and thought it would be fun to have her friend take photos of her with a yellow umbrella. They came out ok, but she asked me if there was anything I could do with them. I ended up just playing with the photo, instead of focusing on a HIMYM theme.
First, I cut her out of her photo, using Superimpose. Then, I created the background with Frax. I took Frax into iColorama and made it more painterly, by using some of the brushes in Artist and Edged. Next, I added Iris on top of the background in iColorama. Then, I played around with some subtle painterly effect to make her blend in better. Finally, I added a tiltshift effect in Snapseed, and a shadow in PS Touch.
This is what I created in Frax to use as the background.
Looks like I’m on a self portrait kick. I’m my toughest subject to photograph, so its probably best to rise to the challenge more often this year. Also, my dating profile needed a new pic to scare the ladies off haha.
This may look heavily edited, but it wasn’t hard to create. I used Superimpose to reposition, mask, and blend the tiger over my face. I really haven’t used the app much before, so it was a challenge figuring out the controls. Not the most intuitive user interface. Once I was happy with the blend, I took the image into Snapseed, applied a vintage and grunge filter, before finishing it off with a round tilt shift effect around the face.
I have a few things to mention in today’s post. First, I decided I’m not waiting anymore for something to happen and I’m going to take a risk and try to make them happen. I’m heading north tomorrow, and after a few days in the bay area and Sacramento area, I’ll be moving to Oregon. I don’t have a job lined up and have hardly any money in my pocket, so don’t be surprised when I start asking you guys if you’re interested in buying prints soon. Wish me luck, pray, and send good vibes my way. I certainly need all the help I can get with this move.
Second thing I want to mention is Superimpose is free just for today. If you’re interested in blending images together, this one is worth a look. Check it out here.
Now, on to the image for today. For a little context, this large kiln is out in the middle of a redwood forest, about a half mile hike from the campgrounds. From the website:
In late 19th century, these ovens supplied a thriving industry: Limestone was ‘‘cooked’’ out of the rocks—a real stone soup—for use in building materials.
I believe they made mortar out there for the SF bay area if I remember correctly. It was almost impossible to get a wide shot of how large these things are because of the caution tape around them. If there wasn’t another hiker nearby, I’d have done what I had to do to get the shot 😉
Shot with ProHDR, edited with snapseed and shockmypic.