I will be presenting three images which are playing with illusions, inviting a closer look:
The common concept of these images is to create illusions with everyday items – be it a Lego™️ toy bus replacing its original counterpart in a scene in London or being captured as if it was driving through the vicinity of Herborn, or a red pencil in extreme closeup.
If you missed the first chance, come and see the stunning interpretations of the color Red from October 21 to October 26 at Schuhhaus Schmidt, Marktplatz 2 in 35075 Gladenbach.
Sometimes a quick „snap“ (here: an image of a sunflower with a bee on my balcony) proves how essential an intuitive selection of the Perspektive, the colors and the focus range are for the quality of an image.
If any of them are „off“, the entire image simply „does not get to you“.
On the other hand, if the situation is right, you have the right perspective and a good combination of depth of field, bokeh, colors and lighting, this can have a stunning effect, pulling you into the image, inviting a second (or third) look.
Don’t we all know this: You quickly take a snapshot on the beach with a perfect situation, beautiful colors and a funny face that you will never be able to reproduce. 🙁
Only later, you see that you did not properly align your camera and the horizon is not really „horizontal“ as it should be.
You can easily check the tilt angle using the added helper lines.
Now, being old-fashioned, you could open the image in photoshop, copy the layer, select the main motive, cut it out, copy it to the clipboard, rotate the background layer, insert the cut out main motive again, adjust the missing parts with the repair brush and save the image again…
However, there is a much easier way: the lens correction filter (German: „Objektivkorrektur“).
Open the lens correction filter from the „Filter“ menu.
2. Select the „Level“ tool on the left.
3. Draw a line across a truly horizontal part of your image.
4. Click OK.
Note aside: Alternatively, you can also use the Ruler tool with Straighten layer.
Only the blank edges now need to be filled or cut away. I want to fill them using the Repair tool.
5. Select the Repair tool on the left.
6. Use the brush to draw in the areas to be repaired.
Photoshop will fill the missing bits with matching content.
The result is stunning… in less than 5 minutes‘ work.
Your holiday snap is perfectly in shape now and you can continue to relax. 😀
In September, our local photo group „Fotofreunde Herborn aka. DieFotoMafia“ held a photo competition on the subject „Eyes“. As my 6-year-old daughter as my usual favorite model did not show too much motivation this time, I thought of an alternative. As „eyes“ also occur on dice and the German word for the grease drops on a soup etc. is „Fettaugen“ („fat eyes“), I improvised and turned a champagne bowl, some vegetable oil, water, syrup and two dice into my setup for the shot, and lit it with my mobile’s torch.
The result was stunning, I think, and it turned out at position three in the competition. I am quite pleased with this result.
These days, my family, some friends and I went exploring the fairy tale hike „Little Roothaar“ near Bad Laasphe. Apart from the lovingly prepared stations for the kids, I encountered some of the minute beauties next to the footpaths. They were please to model for some shots and the outcome was quite pleasant, I think.
Over the last couple of years, I kept shooting a similar setup whenever we went for the final night picknick on the beach. This year was no different and the picknick on the beach of the German Baltic Sea in July resulted in this:
In previous years, these shots looked „same, same, but different“…