It’s the first Friday of the month and that means it’s time for Stacy Fisher’s famous OnePhoto Focus where everyone gets a chance to apply their magic touches to the same image. But before we get to that, a flash back to last month when I visited the Washington National Cathedral for a morning shoot.
Morning Light, National Cathedral
(Technical Data: Nikon D810 on tripod with 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, extended to 44mm; two images photomerged, exposure 0.5 sec@ f/16, ISO 400)
The National Cathedral has recently started a series of special sessions for photographers who wish to capture images of the interior before the doors open for the public. The number of photographers is limited to about 25 and reservations can be made in advance. Tripods are allowed and, depending on the day some areas may not be open. Cost of admission is $30. Details can be found here.
Now back to our main program, the monthly OnePhoto Focus. This month’s photograph was contributed by Nancy Merrill. The original is shown below.
Original Image by Nancy Merrill
The building, as the sign indicates, is a theatre dedicated to the works of Shakespeare. The theatrical theme seemed to be a good one to run with and, as we all know, theatre deals with fantasy. So I thought I would go with that.
No need to go into the boring details of the “image prep” phase in Adobe Camera Raw, largely because Nancy has kindly provided us with a clean, well-exposed, and sharply focused image that needs no heroic efforts. Only a few standard tweaks were applied.
The next step was to set the scene and it seemed that a visit to Photoshop’s Filter Gallery would be a good place to start. The “Glowing Edges” effect under the Stylize tab produced an electric effect and, after a little trial and error, the image shown below emerged. The sign was “protected” from the effects of the filter tool because I had other plans for it.
“Glowing Edge” Effect Applied
Since this is a Shakespearean Theatre, it seemed appropriate to make that fact very obvious. A quick online search produced an image of a poster for one of the bard’s most famous plays. It was superimposed as a separate layer and the opacity was slightly reduced. A mask was used to paint out the unwanted sections of the poster.
With the stage and scenery ready, some characters are needed. Back to the Internet. This search found several willing participants: a fashion model, a photographer, and a couple descending the stairs.
On a technical note, the procedure I used for adding these elements was to first create a new layer above the background. The copied images were scaled down using the Edit–>Transform–>Scale tool on the inserted layer (be sure to hold the shift key down to maintain the original aspect ratio).
Thanks again to Stacy for organizing this monthly event. You can see the other versions by the participants by clicking on this link. And thanks to Nancy for a fun image to edit.