At the end of last year I discovered Photochallenge.org. This is a small group of photographers who set forth a weekly challenge to other professional and amateur photographers. What I was drawn to with this weekly assignment is that is pushes you to try new techniques and get out and take pictures on a weekly basis. I'm taking part again this year and will also do a quick blog post about each of them. The rules of the challenge do require that these are new pictures, not from your back catalog. With my busy work schedule, I may not be able to get out each week and do this, so I will likely add a few of my older photos on the blog--taking the opportunity to look at the plethora of pictures I've taken and actually do some processing and weeding.
2016 PhotoChallenge Week 27: Portrait - Abstract
This past week's Photo Challenge is an abstract portrait. I'm really not into portrait photography. I realize that this is most professional photographer's bread and butter, but it really doesn't float my boat. On the other hand, as someone getting into the hobby I do know that this is a glaring blank spot in my skills. Abstract and Photoshop, however, I am good at! For this shot I set up my tripod in the mostly dark basement, then hooked up my light without a soft-box to give a more harsh and shadowed look. I set my camera up for remote trigger and did many shots of me wearing my steampunk goggles and bowler hat. Because, why not!
Once I found a shot I liked, I imported it into Photoshop. I used a separate layer of a photo I took of some tree bark at decreased opacity and blended them. I then erased the tree bark effect on that top layer everywhere except for my face. I also took the whole picture and turned it to Sepia tone with Lightroom tone curves.