Finally finished. I’ve stared at this way too closely for way too long to be fully objective about it, but it turned out really well except for the parts that make it look like a vacation photo from Uncanny Valley. Continue reading Filling the Reservoir With Cement
The Ralph’s logo on the side of the white cab was half covered in shadow, so I couldn’t flip it in place. I took the Ralph’s logo off the side of the pumper which was on a green background. That’s okay, you can see me slowly erasing the green background.
I’m editing a cement pumper into an image of the Volunteer Park reservoir. The vehicle fits best into the scene if it’s flipped horizontally. That’s fine, not a problem. [Flip Horizontal] at your service.
Sometimes things just don’t line up properly. When that happens, you can throw the rubber ducky out with the bath water, or you can make a strategic edit. Today while joining two photos into a panorama, I noticed too late that the fences weren’t lining up. The fence stretched the length of the entire photograph, so I couldn’t just pick one and go with it; they had to join together. What I chose to do isn’t optimal, but it’s the best way to hide an obvious mistake so it becomes non-obvious.
Hiding the dark fence join seam in the dark water reflection was the best place to hide in plain sight. This is, by the way, the same way JPEG compression works. By taking advantage of the way the eye passes over subtle color changes, we can hide imperfections in a photo that allow us to make a file size smaller, or save us hours of editing time making something perfect that doesn’t really have to be, not for our purposes.
Let the viewer’s brain do some image processing for us. It’s one step better than doing everything in The Cloud.
This edit involved both Photoshop and Affinity Design.
In photoshop, as discussed earlier, I added the Obeebo dance steps sculpture from further up Broadway as if it were a zen garden at the foot of the station where the Central Coop will someday be built.
This is the station on the corner of Broadway and John. Previously, I added a Pride flag as a mural on the side of the station on the corner of 10th and Denny Way. This second part is the first of two parts (parts 2a and 2b), for a total of three parts (1, 2a and 2b).
Photoshop’s Free Transform tool is completely priceless.