Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie (Again)


After the Red Monk I decided to have another go at putting together something Eerie for the challenge. Only this time not so dark.

The background choice was pretty easy this time as I had a photograph of three trees in a foggy field that I knew I could play with.

Girl in Blue

The next step was to get a subject and for this one I used a stock image from PersephoneStock on deviantART. The model was against a background of trees and bushes. For my image I wanted her isolated and that’s where one of my favourite Photoshop plugins comes in. Topaz ReMask allows me to extract bits of an image to use elsewhere. In this case just the model.

Using Photoshop Brushes I added the birds and the lightning. You know I think the lightning is too much. Maybe I could have done without it. What do you think?

To darken the image I used I used two textures from Shadowhouse Creations. Jerry creates some amazing textures which he freely makes available. If you are thinking of using textures in your artwork check out his amazing stuff and try his tutorials.

Of course there’s more to this image than the steps I just described, blending layers, cropping, resizing and most importantly my imagination all had a part to play in putting this together.

 

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12 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie (Again)

  1. Harsha November 5, 2013 / 09:17

    Perfectly Done..It certainly gives the Eerie feeling..

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    • Mike Hardisty November 5, 2013 / 19:34

      Thank you. It’s nice to experiment some times…

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  2. sukiesoriginal November 5, 2013 / 09:59

    Very nice – I like the lightning! I think it balances the image, and adds to the eerie-ness.

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  3. safia November 5, 2013 / 14:49

    This takes the challenge to a new level – kudos!

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  4. petspeopleandlife November 5, 2013 / 17:51

    The lightening is good. Adds a great deal to the photo. You sir, are reallly at good “creating a picture. This is great photo art.

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  5. patti kuche November 6, 2013 / 22:45

    What a fabulous job Mike, you make it sound so easy! Love the lightening and those eerie blue tones!

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    • Mike Hardisty November 7, 2013 / 15:19

      Hi Patti, the eerie blue is quite easy to achieve. Just adjust the white balance to a colder value…

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