Ice age mammoth

1. This original picture was taken by Marco Hannula and posted to the Flickr group "fotogriPhone *EDITING LAB*" for the specific purpose of other Flickr members to reprocess and post back to the group. It took me a few days to come up with a vision of the final product that I wanted to post. Ultimately I decided I wanted to focus entirely on the mammoth and to create an ice age feel to my final work. I also could not see that single small mammoth being the focal point for the final product so I decided early on that I also wanted to give the little guy a mother that he could trail behind and felt she would fit perfectly in front of him essentially in place of where the people and SUV were originally.

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2. Obviously the first step I needed to complete was removing anything that wasn’t appropriate to the woolly mammoth’s time. That meant removing the flagpole, people, and SUV from the picture. I wasn’t worried about the enormous structure in the background because I had ideas for that later. To accomplish this little magic trick I used one of my favorite applications: Touch Retouch. I highlighted all the objects I wanted removed, pressed ‘go’ and presto they were gone-o. There certainly were a few anomalies at this point but knowing that I would be applying more processing to the picture I wasn’t at all concerned with them.

 

 

3. Next I wanted to create a dominating icy motif that would give the image a strong wintery background. For this I used FX Photo Studio’s image overlay feature and applied the "Frost" effect.

 

4. While the frost effect set my core setting I also felt the image needed a little additional depth so I next ran it through Tiltshift Generator to apply a blur effect to the upper half of the picture.

 

5. So, again, at this point I had the overall feel to the image and could turn my attention to the core subject, which was the mammoth (and his mother). For this step I used Juxtaposer bringing in first the image from step #4 as the background and then the original image as the foreground. I erased the entire original image except for the mammoth then increased the size of the mammoth and placed it in front of the original and then saved the image at this point.

 

6. Now it was time to bring the original mammoth back to the forefront. To do this it was back to Juxtaposer. I simply replaced the background image with the image I just saved and then used the double-tap feature to resize the foreground image perfectly over the background. So at this point I had created my little mammoth train and was ready to add the final touches.

 

7. Of course, every ice age picture needs snow. For this I turned to PhotoTreats and one of my favorite effects from that app: feelgood Snow.

 

8. Finally, I needed to reduce the contrast between the mammoths and the background. For this I used PictureShow to add a strong vignette and after waffling between a few different filters ultimately opted to go with the Noir filter for a simple black-and-white that I felt really merged the mammoths with the background quite well.

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