Today I thought we could look at an image I created, Laying Eggs in a Nest. Go through the thought processes behind the creation.
Laying Eggs in a Nest
It has been a while since I did one of these images, but I did this one the other day and thought it would make a great photo for a post. In the past I’ve done these and always say I will do more, then I get distracted. However, I am going to make more of an effort in the future to do more. Perhaps I need to challenge myself to do one of these a week.
Shall we start?
The following image was taken last year, apparently. I don’t remember going last year, but you know, CRAFTs* disease, who knows. When we got to the redwood forest near Warburton we found a heap of large nests on the ground. Well, nest like things, but definitely manmade. Nothing in Australia is big enough to build nests like it.
A local artist, I think it was, built them, but they were originally tied up in the trees. The rangers then came along and cut them down. They were left on the ground. When you walked around you would find quite a few of them. I believe they might still be there.
This is one of the images I took. They are quite amazing.
Before I gave up writing for Digital Photography School I was going to do an article on processing. Actually it was more like a tutorial. One of the things I was going to write about was how to make the trees look like they were going up.
Anyway, I decided in the end that I didn’t want to do it and I stopped writing for them for the time being. I had got this image out to do the tutorial and it just sat in my 2019 folder.
Then I had an idea.
Trees Going Up
Last week I thought, why not just do it. I needed a photo for Instagram, so why not this.
I opened up the image and started working on it. I like the effect. It looks incredible to see the trees going heavenward.
After doing it, I ended up with this.
I went off to make a coffee and to think about what I could put into the nest.
The nest was nice, but empty. They can be good that way, but I wanted to challenge myself. There had to be something I could put inside it.
Obviously eggs were the obvious choice. I had some in the fridge, I could take photos of them and put them in it. Then I thought about what else I had and decided that the boulders from Moeraki, in New Zealand, would be perfect.
The first time I visited them, it was later in the day and the sky was overcast. However, the tide was out, so I had lots of photos of the rocks with no water and no sun. That made them perfect for what I wanted.
After going through the photos I had and picking the ones I wanted to use the task was to put them into the image. That isn’t always as easy as it sounds. You want them to look realistic and that was perhaps the hardest part. It was also the part that I spent most of my time on. So many things to consider, light and shadow etc.
This was the final image.
I’m so proud of myself for this one. Especially as this is the direction I want to start working towards. For a long time, I’ve wanted to delve more into compositing and it seems the time is right now. I’ve played with it a bit in the past, but now I want to do a lot more.
I’m wondering if you would like a tutorial on how to make the trees look like they are going up. Let me know and I will do it for next week.
It won’t be the whole thing, here, but how to make the trees look as they do in the second image.
If I don’t get enough people saying yes, I won’t worry about it. Up to you.
*CRAFTs – Can’t Remember A F***ing Thing