Grunge Gallery by reflector

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A digital photo-manipulation using a 12 MP shot of a Surfer captured with a Canon 450D at Dixon Park during an international surfing contest called “Surfest 2010”.

I opened a 6 MP photo of a local dilapidated Petrol Station that I caught with a Sony Cyber-Shot in Adobe Photoshop Elements 7. The building was old and drab and there was little real colour in that shot (not even much grass) so I applied a Sepia Filter to that Layer/shot and Promoted the Background Layer to become a Normal Layer which is editable and unlocked. I created a new tinting Layer above the Sepia one by using the Paint Fill Tool to darken the Sepia Effect by setting that Layer Mode To Soft Light and 50%.

Then I decided to import the larger image of the surfer into the smaller Petrol Station image because the surfer would appear to be much larger in the frame/imagery without needing to upscale/transform him – while still preserving the clarity. I selected and deleted the wooden doors of the Petrol Station and then copied, transformed and painted the wooden door frame to make it into a frame for the surfing picture. I selected inside the deleted section of the building, chose Select/Expand and then chose Select/Inverse to delete all of the surfing picture that would extend outside of the frame I was creating for it.

Then I duplicated the Surfer Layer and used the selection tool to just select the surfer and the water spraying above him. I chose Select/Invert and deleted all the rest of that photo. So the surfer and spray Layer is placed above it’s picture frame so it sprays over that frame. To finish, I used the Eraser tool set at about 30 to 50 % transparency to clean up the spray, after having earlier feathered that Selection before I deleted the unnecessary bits.


grunge gallery, surfing, surfer, sport, photo manipulation, surfest international 2010, wave, spray, radical

I enjoy the whole creative process from beginning to end and seek to discover and portray the world in all of it’s rich, intense colours and interesting forms, textures and subjects. I draw inspiration from the harmonious colour schemes often present in the natural environment when creating my Graphic Designs, or composing a Photograph or other work.

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  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 3 years ago

    So Cool!!

  • Thank you Cheryl ! I had another set of shots that I abandoned working on for the meantime – then I thought of making this instead.

    – reflector

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...over 3 years ago

    Excellent work James! Very cool!

  • Thank you for your comment Kim !

    – reflector

  • Berns
    Bernsover 3 years ago

    Very clever work!

  • Thanks a lot Berns ! This image developed out of another idea (using other shots) that wasn’t quite working out.

    – reflector

  • Berns
    Bernsover 3 years ago

    Well this certainly works, its brilliant!

  • Thanks again. The other one will work out after I get some more nice sunset shots to include in it.

    – reflector

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 3 years ago

    great work

  • Thanks for your feedback and the fave Antanas !

    – reflector

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...over 3 years ago

    wow! fantastic!!

  • Thanks a lot for your comment Tereza !

    – reflector

  • AlMiller
    AlMillerover 3 years ago

    Nicely put together james this looks really good.

  • Thank you Al ! I’ll be changing the frame around the wave pic to improve it.

    – reflector

  • Robert C Richmond
    Robert C Richmondover 3 years ago

    Great combination, skillfully done.

  • Thanks for your compliment and the watch listing, Robert !

    – reflector

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerover 3 years ago

    Very nice job my friend.Super treatment..Tom

  • Thank you my friend ! I experimented a bit with extracting difficult things like the water spray in this one.

    – reflector

  • Joni  Rae
    Joni Raeover 3 years ago

    Incredible work!!! Bravo….(crowd cheering loudly) joni

  • Thanks for your positive comment Joni ! :) I’m sure that guy must have won his competitive Heat – he was surfing better than all of the others.

    – reflector

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