Peter, welding waterwheel axle to hub.
Photo taken at Craigencalt Farm, Kinghorn, Fife, Scotland,
31 March 2009.
The repaired wheel was re-installed to be seen by visitors to the Ecology Centre there.
A small hillside stream feeds it; part of the flow from higher upslope is piped to pour down onto the wheel, in an overshot design.
Alongside, a separate pipe feeds an enclosed turbine which supplies electricity to the Earthship Fife Visitor Centre .
My aim with this image was to emphasize the task of welding, and the concentration by eye and hand.
This has been my first attempt at manipulating existing elements within a single photo (rather than assembling originally-separate elements, as I did here to put myself in Space!)
How (for other learners like me!) :
Using Serif 9, I made multiple layers for the separate picture elements: sparks, welding hotspot, glove, visor window, Peter’s skin, the woodpile, yellow power supply, and so on. I duplicated the basic image as new layers, then on each layer I kept only what I wanted: by selecting its distinctive colour or outlining it by hand, then erasing the rest.
I could then adjust these picture-elements individually, layer-by-layer, altering brightness and contrast, retaining colour, but varying some layers’ opacity.
The background, seen between or through the other elements, I adjusted similarly but made it grayscale.