… here are two of my all-time favorites utilizing compositing tools … what I call “Unleashed” images containing two or more photos and a liberal dose of imagination as to what might be. Both of these images are on my walls at home … I like them!
The image above combines a photo taken east of the San Francisco Peaks on a morning when there was a solid low cloud layer from around the peaks all the way to the Grand Canyon. Sunset crater pokes up through the clouds as does O’Leary Peak just above and to the right of Sunset and on the left, you have a portion of the San Francisco Peaks. The view was ethereal and it seemed a natural thing to add in more of the universe as seen with the addition of a shot from the Hubble telescope … carefully blended in to create this otherworldly image. This has been in my home since 2016 when I took the underlying photo.
The composited image below is a blend of three photographs, one of which is a Hubble shot. The primary photo is of Cathedral Rock reflected in Oak Creek near Red Rock Crossing. I took the photo in September of 2012, and it was originally planned as a new logo piece of art for one of the philanthropic organizations in Sedona. They declined the gift, and it has been one of my all-time bestselling images ever since. This was done at a time when the compositing tools in Photoshop were quite crude at best.
Compositing is one of my favorite things to do in Photoshop and with the new AI tools it is much easier than before to get all the effects I want as well as clean integration of images … still a lot of hand work though. I began using Photoshop with Ver 2.5 in 1993 and it was the first version for Windows operating systems. I have bought every upgrade and used it on average two or more hours a day ever since.
Into another new day … choose to have a beautiful day and share your joy with others.
Love some one—in God’s name love some one—
for this is the bread of the inner-life, without which
a part of you will starve and die; and though you feel
you must be stern, even hard, in your life of affairs,
make for yourself at least a little corner, somewhere
in the great world, where you may unbosom and be kind.
Love Some One by Max Ehrmann
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In addition to sales of photographs already taken Ted does special shoots for patrons on request and also does air-to-air photography for those who want photographs of their airplanes in flight. All special photographic sessions are billed on an hourly basis.
Ted also does one-on-one workshops for those interested in learning the techniques he uses. By special arrangement Ted will do one-on-one aerial photography workshops which will include actual photo sessions in the air.
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