silhouette

sooooo... for some reason (scratches head), people keep challenging me to do colour... ;p

this is for my push challenge set by Anita (@neatz)... Anita suggested i take a silhouette of one of my boys and set it against a psychedelic colour background taken from a kaleidoscope of one of my photos or a piece of fabric or a painted backdrop - whatever comes to mind... and this could be done in post processing...

what came to mind was to play with the gradient tool in photoshop :)

this was a pretty cool challenge...

first off, i had to figure out how to get a silhouette using my flash off camera... really happy to have that sorted...

also learned a bit more about using the selection tool in PS, as well as messing about with gradients and polar coordinate distortion...

i'm hoping the boys will cooperate for another run at this... :)

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tx everyone for the wonderful reception on this shot! the recipe for those who asked...

silhouette - for the silhouette i set my off-camera flash on a tripod behind my boy, facing towards a white background... it resulted in a near perfect silhouette shot, but i did tweak in LR upping contrast all around...

the background - on a separate layer in PS, i created a left to right gradient... the gradient was custom created gradient using the 100% noise option - have to confess it was a bit more random than i would like... then applied the polar coordinates filter which resulted in the above background... layered on top of the silhouette in PS and used the "darken" blending mode... (I can explain in more detail if anyone is interested)
@neatz tx!!! this was fun!
posted March 18th, 2015  
This is beyond awesome.
posted March 18th, 2015  
So cool! FAV.
posted March 18th, 2015  
This is great!
posted March 18th, 2015  
Super shot... spectacular result. The gradient tool... hmmm. ;)
posted March 18th, 2015  
Amazing shot, the processing is brilliant. I will have to check the polar coordinate distortion out. It sounds very cool.
posted March 18th, 2015  
This is great! And the colors are terrific! I'm like you though, B&W is my color of choice :-))
posted March 18th, 2015  
What a za-za shot! Love the gradient!
posted March 18th, 2015  
Its very spectacular - and eye-catching with the lines and colour and the solid black of the silhouette! fav
posted March 18th, 2015  
Awesome shot
posted March 18th, 2015  
awesome!
posted March 18th, 2015  
Mega cool! I think your boys must also find that.
posted March 18th, 2015  
OMG you have absolutely nailed this . I wish I had you in my art lessons I teach! This is beyond brilliant. I am so impressed. I love setting challenges like this because they produce such an awesome response. Fav for sure.
How did you get the silhouette? I am overjoyed at this and expect this will whizz up the favs.
posted March 18th, 2015  
Looking forward to another if you get the time.
posted March 18th, 2015  
Brilliant capture!
posted March 18th, 2015  
A-maz-ing just love it
posted March 18th, 2015  
funky!
posted March 18th, 2015  
Great silhouette right down to the eyelashes - amazing composition
posted March 18th, 2015  
Love this! The colors and pattern are fantastic!
posted March 18th, 2015  
Such a cool shot!
posted March 18th, 2015  
Rofl
posted March 18th, 2015  
This is fabulous. Great challenge
posted March 18th, 2015  
Wow love this...........soooooooo cool!
Perfect silhouette and love the background design and colors!
Fav
posted March 18th, 2015  
CK
Amazed, amazed, inspirational. Fav!
posted March 18th, 2015  
the silhouette itself is wonderful too
posted March 18th, 2015  
What a cool background against the silhouette. great shot!
posted March 18th, 2015  
Wowisssimo from me. Fantastic psychedelic effect. Big FAV
posted March 18th, 2015  
This is inspiring -- get pushed is something I've missed since trying to get time under control. This is really an amazing shot and stands out on the TP. Fav -- for the shot and the learning behind it.
posted March 18th, 2015  
Sue
Great effect. Has the 'wow' factor. Wish I could understand how it was done.
posted March 18th, 2015  
Fabulous...cool effect
posted March 18th, 2015  
This is just superb! Love the radiating colours
posted March 18th, 2015  
wonderful effect...
posted March 18th, 2015  
Very Michael Jackson
posted March 18th, 2015  
JdM
Ohh this is fun, love it:)
posted March 18th, 2015  
Fantastic editing Mira, glad you learned to use the off-camera flash!
posted March 18th, 2015  
This turned out so awesome!
posted March 19th, 2015  
i love that background! i don't understand either why people are pushing you to do colour. it's like a conspiracy, ain't it?
posted March 19th, 2015  
Cool, thanks for posting your technique!!
posted March 19th, 2015  
Very, very cool! And thanks for sharing your insights.
posted March 19th, 2015  
Frame these, they are awesome
posted March 19th, 2015  
So cool, love it!
posted March 19th, 2015  
I can almost hear the beat of, "Thriller" playing in the background! Fav!
posted March 19th, 2015  
Make that, "Billie Jean"!
posted March 19th, 2015  
Fantastic image! So cool!
posted March 20th, 2015  
Brilliant, another fav!
posted March 20th, 2015  
Very cool- I was like Skip- thought of Michael Jackson when I first saw it.
posted March 21st, 2015  
Another amazing cool shot with great processing and editing. Fav
posted March 21st, 2015  
Just spotted this. Could definitely be the Rototron tunnel. fav.
posted March 22nd, 2015  
Great background in this one. Very cool.
posted March 26th, 2015  
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