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The Porthole

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The Porthole
A composite. I included the original image for comparison in the discussion comments of this image. I added the view through the porthole from another one of my images and the reflection. I also toned the image gold using Autofx Tint/Tone/Color software.
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  Original Porthole Image
Original Porthole Image
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Heather K. McFarland
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    Here is the original porthole image that I started with for comparison.


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12/14/2004 10:01:03 AM

 
Christian Harberts
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/30/2004
 

Heather, this is outstanding! While I can mentally grasp how you achieved the insertion of the lighthouse, I'm stumped as to how you you got the "mirror" reflection in the center of the image, despite a complex refraction. Any hints? ;-)

Christian


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12/14/2004 10:48:08 AM

 
Heather K. McFarland
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Thank you Christian. After I got the pier scene into the porthole, I just masked the reflection portion on the glass. Since it was a lighter color than the rest of the glass it was a pretty easy mask to make. I also made sure I feathered the edges of my mask.

I then flipped the mask horizontally, and moved it over to the pier scene I had added making sure I only moved horizontally...and not vertically. I then copied/created an object from the part of the pier image that I moved the mask to. I then flipped the new reflection object horizontally again...and moved it back to the original postion in the window!! When I merged the object...I merged it at only 50 percent opacity in normal merge mode!!

The hardest part about making this image was getting the edge of the porthole opening smooth. As you can see some of the bottom edge was blown out in the original, so I had to recreate that. I got down to the pixel level basically with the clone tool and a smoothing brush to get that edge smooth and even!!


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12/14/2004 1:39:50 PM

 
Tom Andersen
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2004
 

Excellent work, Heather! A real work of art!


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12/14/2004 4:14:40 PM

 
Janet L. Skinner
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/31/2004
 

Heather, this is outstanding!!!


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12/14/2004 4:42:58 PM

 
Kip T. Berger
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/20/2002
 

Love the final composition, colors and idea Heather! Great work!
Ps- ~constructively~ the angle of the reflection on the window of the port should be moving more diagonal rather than horizontal from what you see outside the port due to the camera's POV and the amount the window is opened. Amazing work that you did wonderful on! :) Hope to see more soon!


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12/14/2004 10:30:04 PM

 
Karen Engelbreth
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/17/2003
 

Fantastic, Heather - great work!


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12/15/2004 3:39:36 AM

 
Roseann E. Dreasher
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This is fabulous Heather! Good luck!


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12/15/2004 7:34:14 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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This is the first of your images that caught my eye (not even sure where or when.) But, it has remained in my memory even since. I am just taking a "refresher walk" through your gallery, and am so happy to to see this one again (as well as other favorites.)


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