How they got those images.

The evening of Monday 19th February saw a good attendance for an evening of tips and tricks. The formal title for the evening was “How I got that image”. It came out of observing that during judging competitions and talks, many members in the audience have often whispered and wondered “How did they do that” or “How can I create the same effect”. Well tonight various members put themselves on the line by bringing along some images and trying to explain “How I got that image”. Sally Sallett introduced this as “Show and Tell” which some may remember from school days.

First up was Tim Jonas giving us an insight into the techniques he used to produce some intriguing images. The first was a pencil apparently drawing a curve on its own and second was a sliced apple which appeared to be levitating!. The former was achieved with the assistance of a piece of string and the second an array of cocktail sticks. These “aids” were then removed by various techniques in Photoshop and the finished results were striking. Next up was Trevor Bottomley who showed how he created a castle in the air (and floating above water!). He started with a normal image of a castle on top of a large rock and explained how he enlarged the canvas size, copied and inverted the castle and used techniques to make it appear as a reflection in water. All this was done in Photoshop Elements showing you don’t have to spend a fortune to create spectacular images. He went on to show how he used tone mapping to good effect on a shot of terraces in Wells and how he created a very moody and stormy treatment of Warwick Castle.

After a break Peter Wells showed how he created an image which has done well for him in competitions and exhibitions. It started as a fairly ordinary shot in an art gallery and then back at home he started to “play about” with it, replacing colours and then replacing a painting within a frame with a reduced version of the existing image, creating a mirror-like recession. He repeated this about 5 times to create almost a tunnel effect. The final effect was to produce a final image a million miles away from the original but all the better for the treatment. Again Peter use Photoshop Elements for this work. Steve Wood was on show next with an exposition of how he created his image “Raiders of the lost ark” which was successful in the last Clubman competition. He spent a little more time on how he captured the original image in terms of location, equipment, filters etc. so that he had a good quality image to start with. He then took us through the various treatments he used before ending up with the monochrome image he wanted. Finally David Kershaw showed a sequence of images from the development of an image where a squirrel found “the golden nut”! This started life a simply a shot of a red squirrel but David thought it needed something else. He showed how he changed the colour of the nut to gold, created a glow around it together with some very realistic flare to give a completely convincing image of a squirrel that had struck lucky and found a miraculous nut. All good fun but it demonstrated what could be done.

A truly fascinating evening where everyone got something out of it. This was no visit from an expert who blinds us with science and then disappears. All these were ordinary club members who use easily accessible software and techniques to produce startling images, just to show that we all can do it. A big thanks to those members who contributed their work and techniques.

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