Strange World Project–The Three Images

Finally, here is the first image of the strange world project. My design phrase is “isolation” and “inclosure”, so I think the design itself speaks a lot about this theme. However, as Nell said, my idea is way advance of my skill with PS now, so given more time and dexterity with Photoshop, I expect to reach what I wanted. (See the previous post for my “ideal” image)

Image 1 : The Floating Bottle

Step 1: Clear the background and insert the bottle. The background was a picture token in Paris. There were buildings and bridges on the other side of the shore, and I used the stamp tool to get rid of them.  The bottle was a StarBucks coffee bottle all cleaned and covered with wrapping paper. Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 11.25.26 AM                           Step 2: Insert smaller bottles. I don’t want the major bottle to be too dominating, so some foils are needed. Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 11.25.45 AM Step 3: Add the flowers: The flowers are taken during a strip to South Paris in July. It is such a wonder land full of tropical florals that I’ve never seem. So I took lots of pictures. The elements were cut and adjusted to fit the bottle. Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 11.25.58 AM   Step 4: The sky. I wished the bottle to contain a “small world” that has plants, soil and the sky. I cropped a picture of the sky and adjusted it into the bottle, and used the “blur” tool to blur it so it looks more smooth in bottle. Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 11.26.46 AM Step 5, The lights. This step is weird and is also a big lesson. I spent 2 classes working on the effect of an iridescent bottle, but the tutorials online were not as clear. So I had lots of struggle with it. But this experiment is really useful in my next picture. Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 11.27.00 AM

Image 2: The Bubble

This image is inspired by the first image, from the experiment with the lightening. I finally figured out how to make the bubbles, and realized that during the process, I could change the color of the “clouds” so that the radiation of the bubble will vary. I enclosed myself into the bubble while placing the bubble on a road reaching to the back. I hope the space will play an active role in this image. Another major reason for the background is that some lights was reflected through the lens on the right, and the sparkling light spots on the right creates another surface that is the closest to the viewer, and this is another layer of “isolation”. The struggle with this image is far less than the first one.  So one lesson learnt from this project: within a limited time frame, especially at this stage, planning on creating a image that requires lots of advanced skill is imprudent. I could have focused more on the over all effect of the image rather than dig into the details but scrutinized. Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 12.41.15 PM

Image 3 The Door/Window

I wish to grasp the light and deliver a sense of enclosure and isolation in this image. Among the three of the images, this is my favorite. While it is simple, there is an amazing coincidence in this picture, and it creates a contrast between the flatness of the door frame and the vast landscape of the sunset. Making this image is simple: I cropped the door frame from an picture taken in a hostel in south France, leaving the radiation of the sun on the left side of the frame. While browsing through my old pictures, I found the perfect fit to match the radiation and the concept of the image. The sunset outside of the doors is in the follow: Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 12.47.36 PM The door, either opening or closing, isolates the readers from the deep mountainous view in the far back. I wish viewers would want to push the doors open and embrace the sunset and not just taking a peek through the gap. I Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 12.47.10 PM


~ by xilain on November 4, 2013.

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