A Little Shake


Shaking in the day.

After Mardi Gras.

Around here everybody puts stuff off until “after Mardi Gras.” We try very hard to get it all done because the last thing we want to do is to postpone the same stuff until “after Jazzfest.” After all, the IRS takes a dim view of “I didn’t pay my taxes on time because of Mardi Gras and Jazzfest.”

One of the things that I promised myself was to experiment a little more with post production techniques. During the Mardi Gras season it’s hard enough just to get pictures developed and edited.

This is the backwards from a technique called image stacking. Instead of stacking an image to help with highlight, shadow and contrast control, I pulled it apart. That creates a kind of artificial movement. I should know this from my past when I printed large products on huge commercial presses. Until you adjust the printing plates properly, the printed work looks about like this.

You don’t want that in a large book.

But, in something artistic, you may.

Certainly not every time. Like a spice, you use this technique sparingly. It won’t work way more than it will. When it does, it’s worth the time and effort. One important trick is to understand that you are offsetting the same image so you need a little room to crop on every side. I further hid the offsetting by using an artist rule.

Picture selection is as important as technique. Pick an image that you know might work. Especially with people. Your subject might not like having four eyes, two noses and two mouths.

Anyway.

That’s what I did.

The picture is just one of my backlighted bare branched trees in the sky. In general, you can do a lot with that subject. I added some grunge effects to sort of finish the picture.

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