It shows a magical street of a lovely city called Gyor in Hungary.
We like going there, it’s a nice place.
Since, as you might already know, I never leave my pictures untouched (because that would cause my brain to break), I had to open it in my editing software (Photoshop Elements Eight) and play with it for awhile.
This is what I did, step-by-step…
The original picture.
No editing at all.
I like the magic of the place.
I like how the shadows and bright spots interact.
I like how the history still lives and breathes there.
Let’s imagine there’s a person in this world who takes pictures of food.
Right, that’s definitely easy to imagine.
Okay. Now let’s take this idea one step further and assume that the person sometimes doesn’t like crumbs in her (his) pictures and feels a strong need to remove them.
Oh yeah, that’s a little weird. I agree. Maybe that person should see someone.
Well, I don’t know whether a person like that exists.
I totally don’t!
But if she (or he) hypothetically lived somewhere and had such bizarre things on her mind and so much time on her hands then this might be what she (or he) would do to get rid of the crumbs:
She (or he) would:
1. Open the picture in Photoshop.
2. In the Layers palette, click on the Background layer and then press Ctrl+J (Mac: Command+J) to create a duplicate layer. Leave this new layer selected (highlighted).
3. Choose the Healing Brush Tool from the left-hand Tool palette.
4. On the tool options bar, set the brush diameter to a suitable size – you need it to be big enough to cover the crumbs.
5. Choose a part of the picture without a crumb which is close to the spot with the crumb. This is done to get a similar color and texture to replace the crumb with. Alt+click (Mac: Option+click) on the crumb-less spot.
6. Move the circle over the crumb and click your mouse. This should place the sample right over the crumb.
Repeat this as often as needed.
Feel free to use this tool to replace any irregularities – crumbs, dust, wrinkles or people’s heads.
Right now I am preparing a yummy recipe that I’ll be posting here tomorrow. Meanwhile I have something else you might want to see.
Over the past few months some of you asked me how this or that photo had been taken. Your questions gave me an idea that you might find interesting to see how several of my sets looked like. I myself love this kind of information and seek it eagerly wherever possible.
So, from now on, if I find the photo set that I’ve created interesting in a certain way I’ll show it to you.
If it helps at least one of you then my mission was worth it.
The picture above is by far not perfect or exquisite or anything. But what I find interesting about it is the lighting. You might be wondering how on earth that set was lit and whether I used artificial lights or not. And how I dare own photography lighting without letting you know.
So, this is what the set looked like.
I don’t use lights since I don’t own photography lights.
But what I own is my home-made silver reflector (you can find its heart-touching story here). And then I have one window. And then I have some white paper that I duct taped to the wall and to my kitchen countertop. And that’s it!
Very, very simple.
This is the job that my camera did.
Well, she was really trying.
I still love her dearly.
And yes, I refer to my camera as her. It’s my best friend after all. Actually, I might start calling her Amelie.