Summer to Winter

 

The point of this assignment was to study changes in color, light, and natural elements between seasonal extremes. My original image is a composite of about ten different images to complicate and add texture to a simplistic mountain scene. Here, you can see the differences between the original and my photobash.

Personally, I had never attempted a photobash at all before this! So this was a new adventure for me. I don't think it's bad for a first time! With some more foreground and background elements, a simple, elegant photo gained some leading lines and intrigue to guide the eye throughout the image. Just for fun, here are a few of the images I used!

The next step was to make the scene into winter. After some desaturation and the addition of fog, I selected the red channel of a few foreground elements and overlaid a solid white texture to emulate a light layer of snow. This process however, did not look quite right on the trees, as it took out all the beautiful green that makes them an evergreen! Instead, I used blending modes, like my day/night conversion, and only added white to the highlights of the tree. Here's a comparison of the different effects!

I personally think the right side gives a much frostier effect and preserves the deep olive tones in the tree better. Otherwise, the tree blends into the background and gets rid of a lot of contrast. 

So, overall, I'm pretty happy with the results of this project! I think I will be taking this project into Nuke and adding some parallax to the background and all the layers in this. 

winter.jpg
summer.jpg