Desert Beacon by stray_shooter

Desert Beacon

My entry for this week's Capture 52 theme, which is "Not Quite Right." The lighthouse is not what you might think. On Balboa Island, in Newport Beach, California, the islands of the residential streets are decorated with a variety of miniature lighthouses. I shot a few of them, thinking initially that those alone might suffice to meet the NQR theme, but then I decided that placing one of them in the desert would certify it as REALLY Not Quite Right.
Oooh, so great captures, Ron!!!!
March 11th, 2020  
Such a great idea for your theme! This is perfect - definitely very strange to see! Love it!
March 11th, 2020  
Very clever, I love it
March 11th, 2020  
Very creative!
March 11th, 2020  
Wow! A lighthouse in the desert - love it :)
March 11th, 2020  
A very cool NQR image. Ha!
March 11th, 2020  
Wacky and creative!
March 11th, 2020  
LOL -- love the way you elicit a NQR reaction with this!
March 11th, 2020  
it's great, ron. aces!
March 12th, 2020  
Wow, 5 gold stars for your creative genius!
March 13th, 2020  
Love how you placed it in the desert, so so awesome!! I'm currently learning about techniques of selections and composites in Photoshop. How ever you chose to do this, you did a great job. Very clean and, best of all, fun!
March 14th, 2020  
@cjphoto Thanks, Chris. This was simply use of a layer mask. I used the Quick Selection tool to cut out the lighthouse, removed the background, and then did the Place Embedded thing with the desert background. The tricky part was masking out the details in the iron railings at the top. A bit time consuming!
March 14th, 2020  
@stray_shooter - Awesome, thanks for the explanation of how you did it. I can truly see how the railings would take a lot of time, good job pushing on through! Looks great!
March 16th, 2020  
You are right - it is "not quite right"
Until I read the description I was like "what?!"
March 24th, 2020  
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