Overhead Image – Crumpled

Something I have never tried before – setting up my camera to take an overhead shot.  Fortunately my lens was wide enough to get everything in the frame (mostly) but I did have to tie the tripod to a doorhandle to stop it tipping over with the very heavy camera suspended way out to the limit of the center pole.  Plus we had a couple of small earthquakes while I was doing it!

Two new things were tried in this image, the overhead angle and I also had my first go at blending in extra fabric which was quite challenging.  It wasn’t til the image was finished that I noticed how the swirly element had been duplicated rather obviously 😦

Oh well, these images are ALL ABOUT THE LEARNING, there are many mistakes here but each time I learn so much more 🙂

This time I was much happier with the colour tonings, I understood a lot better what I was trying to achieve and am much happier with the finished product.  Need to have some variation away from the blues and purples tho!

vertical-2792 This is the original starting image so you can see the huge difference, here are the processing steps:

  1.  Make canvas bigger
  2.  Copy blank carpet shot and fill in expanded canvas
  3.  Put in main subject image (above)
  4.   Bring in extra fabric options on separate layers, warp into place and touch up with masking
  5.   Select fabric elements as one whole selection and recolour and mask out colour bleed
  6.   Desaturate whole image
  7.  Select hair and brighten and contrast
  8.   Add some darker vignettes
  9.   Add some shadow under the edge of the fabric
  10.   Do THE MOVE – CTL SHIFT ALT E to compress all layers into one blended one but retains all layers underneath
  11.   Tweak over all colour channels via curves
  12.  Brighten up the left side a bit
  13.   Denoise heavily
  14.   Add a texture and mask off skin

As always feedback is welcome, I am still learning this process so any tips and tricks etc welcome.

What does this image say to you, what is its story?





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Mad keen photographer figuring it out as she goes!
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10 Responses to Overhead Image – Crumpled

  1. Excellent work 🙂

    So good to see the processes undergone… thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. Great photos. I love the way your face is not seen, but the tattoo is. So which face to present to the world. It is always hard starting out from scratch and going in the right direction. Well done

  3. Robyn G says:

    Stacey, I’m so enjoying watching your progress and results through these images. I can imagine soooo much work goes into each one. Equal amounts of learning too!
    Are you enjoying it? Sure looks like it.

    • Some are more complicated than others but yes, this one was at least an hours worth of shooting, and then a good two hours of editing. I am getting a bit faster each time but its unlikely to ever get below a couple of hours of editing time. Yes i am enjoying it, can be frustrating when it doesn’t come off how it was intended, but always fail forward, and its not failure if you learn something 🙂

  4. Dina says:

    Wow – this is superb! Congratulations, your work is inspiring. 🙂

  5. Lorraine says:

    Lovely work. It is great to see an idea come to fruition

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