Photo manipulation allows me to create scene that I can conceive of, but which can be seen in reality. More than that, they are just plain fun to… Read More
Photo manipulation allows me to create scene that I can conceive of, but which can be seen in reality. More than that, they are just plain fun to do. In the creation process they challenge my imagination as well as hone my skills as a compositor and photographer. The thing that ost people don't realize is the amount of detail you have to go into if you want your manipulation to appear to be real. Take for instance my image of the Windmill and barn incident. When I first placed it online with 500px back in 09 it received very little attention and those who saw it knew right away it was a composite image. Three years lated I decided to work on it again and I had increased my skills considerably since the first posting.
I reworked the whole in the barn roof, the overall light color in the scene as a whole. But is was the subtle reflection of the sky color back onto the windmill from the roof, and the shadow and reflection in the roof itself that really brought the image up. When It was reposted in 2012, it became an Editors Choice and to date has received almost 8000 views and hundreds of comments. Many of which believed I had simply been lucky and found an exceptional event happening.
To be clear I always represent my manipulations AS manipulations and not as reality. Sometimes it's obvious as in "Cloud Sailing", sometimes is far more subtle, but it's always fun and very rewarding. Read Less