functions as a Time machine.....ala Cedge
Often we think
of a composite image or photo-collage as a dreamy blended abstract
or a bone jarring impressionistic image. The images below are also
composites. The technique was used to take an old vintage gas station
back in time. Some elements were removed from the original
photo with the clone tool, others were imported from old photos,
while a few items were created with the path tools. By paying
close attention to the way shadows and lighting interplay, this
contemporary auto detailing shop, operating in a near derelict building,
was returned to what it must have looked like its younger days.
Each Thumbnail is linked to a larger version of the image, if you'd
like to see a little more of the detail. Beware... no effort was
made to shorten load times for these 800 x 600 images.
Photo.... May 2003
original Photo is of an old 1930's built gas station, located on
a small main street of a township called "Taylors". The
town was once a small but thriving textile mill village, which only
remains on any map by virtue of having its own zip code.
been meaning to take photos of the place, but the car clean up shop
always had vehicles parked
all over the lot, making a clean shot impossible. I had my camera
with me one morning when I noticed the place was almost clear
of cars. I stopped and asked the 3 amused black men in the photo
if I could take a few shots. When I mentioned putting the old
place back together on the computer, they got real interested.
I promised them a copy of the images shown below.
began with a lot of time using the clone tool. The power and phone
wires were cloned out, being careful to use closely matching portions
of the trees and sky. The cars, men and road striping were removed
in the same way. The clutter in front of the building took some
patience to remove, but alternating between cloning and cutting
and pasting portions from other places in the image, things were
soon ready to begin the "restoration".
This image has
well over 300 separate objects which were painstakingly adjusted
for perspective, before being added to the photo. There are a huge
number of subtle shadows added where nature would normally put them.
The final detail was to bring the 3 men back into the scene and
put them to work again.
Sepia Tone Image....circa 1936?
Most of my "photo
restoration" projects tend to run toward bringing an old photo
back from the grave and adding color to make it a relatively contemporary
image. This image begged to be taken in the opposite direction in
time. By duplicating the image and making it monochrome, sepia toning
it was as easy as adjusting the quick color icons and adding in
some red and green, toned down with a touch of blue.
was applied and a second layer was added in multiply mode, along
with a healthy dose of monochrome noise. By adjusting the brightness,
contrast and transparency, the image quickly rejoined its intended
1930's time zone.
took a little over a week complete, with the majority of the work
being done between random attacks from real world obligations.
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