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What is a Composite? A Composite image is when the photographer takes more than one image and combines them together to create their final work, or takes one image and repeats it or part of it in the final work. This to-day is normally done by the use of "Layers" and in my case a lot of trials often go into the final work, one branch of composite images is known as surrealism photography ....... Alex Cummings I often use multiple images or manipulate my photos so read on and enjoy and try to keep my work contemporary
Layers are fun to work with and can turn a mediocre image
into an eye catching one. A composite image need not look as
if anything has been done to the finished article it may look
like a normal photograph or it may look Sci-fi (surrealism photography) but please do
not just stick items on a blank canvas and call it composite,
give some thought to what you are doing and make the viewer
wonder what you did.
A note: I wish I could explain on here what I had done to each and every piece but since I do not use the most popular software package and who would reveal all if the working for free, nor would I reveal exactly how the page is composed, you will just have to try and emulate me if you like what I am doing. This page actually deals with more graphic art than hidden work being that the viewer can see that something has been done but exactly what is left to the imagination
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Above depicts a reflection in a mirror note the slight ripple effect caused not by the mirror but the plastic wrap. The reflection shows a family being slightly blocked as a person talking on his cell phone walks in front of the camera. This image was in turn used to fill the viewfinder screen in the camera image shown below definitely surrealism photography.
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Above this is the final use for the previous image just a portion of the final result, but honestly who wants to look at the back of an SLR with an empty screen. All told the above image has 6 layers.
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Above are two examples of how to convert
Black and White images into coloured ones with the use
of layers. Two different Layers are used allowing the author
to create two different images. In the brightly
coloured one the swirly coloured layer is left in front
of the bottles etc. whereas in the more muted one the bottles
come through giving the background effect. A Salon directors
nightmare are they a B&W or Colour images? The latest in this
series is actually on another page but if
you want a sneak view
Above a red car given the speeding treatment it could be done without layers but making use of them makes it easier ... I enjoyed making this. ...... Location Uitenhage
Above an unusual portrait using a part of a distorted sunset image, to-day's conception of portraits allows for this. I tried to position the one leg as though it was stepping over the frame.
Above the "guardians of the Conch" a humorous study of shells an obvious composite with several layers.
Above this does not look like a composite image it however is since there were no clouds or bushes in the original photo. shows how one can be fooled .Don't forget to click for larger image.
Above when you are looking for something to change the look of a portrait layering may be the answer, in this instance a previous made composite image is used and made partly transparent so that the main image shows through. .
Above as I said when you are looking for something to change the look of a portrait layering may be the answer, in this instance a previous made image is used with another textured and partly transparent image so that the main image shows through. The main image is placed in front of the textured image ad the edges are erased so that the texture only shows on the background and not the girl
There are composite images all over this web site and this one also appears on the cars page where I have explained that I tried to turn the speeding red car into what I would call a fantasy painting, The larger version lets you see what I have done with graphic art, no use of presets or filters only a bit of human ingenuity. Still trying to think of a title for it "Every SUV is a Sports Car" or "Every body Drives a Racing Car" or even "Car Evolution" any suggestions? This is another of the few instances where I ask you to view the larger image as I have move the car further into the image and given it a border a touch of real surrealism photography
On the right a girl with a guitar originally photographed on a black background changed to be a girl with her guitar floating in clouds. There is also a very fine canvas effect added to the image, not all of the Girl image was allowed to show through, I thought the silver and gold of the tunic was something different from the original gold. even the first smacked of surrealism photography
A bouquet of flowers with some blurred to give the impression of depth of field, a lot of the work in this image was done with the use of "Sections" and not Layers
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Above perhaps the most layers I have ever used and worked for me really well this depicted stalls in the Uitenhage Market which I fortunately got to before the crowds arrived. I changed this composition several times before arriving at this, that is the beauty of using layers. The use of the large rocking horses at the front dives it depth of field without having to blur anything
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Above all the layers in the above image were taken in the same place and a bit of editing done to make the finished work
Hi Alex Cummings again, well seem to
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"Composite" images I hope you
liked it. Must go now as the images are already almost overflowing.
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