Scavenger Hunt #28 – Paper Abstract

The Paper Abstract theme got significantly easier when I remembered I had a fair amount of origami paper somewhere in a drawer. I had started trying to organize them along the rainbow, but the colors I had were not exactly right for that.

Then I built some color wheel type of thing, and it worked somewhat better, because I could work by what “felt” close more than what “should be” close in the context of the rainbow. And then came the assembly. I didn’t know at this time where I was going or what I was doing – the “circular” thing appealed to me, and initially I was going for some kind of wheel or half-wheel kind of picture. So for the assembly, well, I worked around accordion shapes by folding each color and using the folds to carry my structure.

The first images were made with only the folds holding the structure; at some point I got tired of swearing every time it broke, so I added a drop of glue between every pair of sheets of paper to hold them in place. Less creative flexibility, better mood πŸ˜‰

And then, basically, I played with my accordion of colors and with some lights and my camera. I ended up liking a few details of a particular picture, namely the light reflection and the curve of the tiny hole at the base of the image, and that became my submission for this theme. This is the original picture, with only minor RAW development operations:

CameraPentax K-1 II
Lenssmc PENTAX-D FA 50mm F2.8 Macro
Focal length50mm
F-NumberF/9.0
Exposure time1/80 s
ISO320

Since this was an abstract, I started playing with different orientations of the picture – and liked the one I submitted best. Edits apart from that were pretty straightforward and more “RAW developing” than “real” edits in my view.

For more interpretations of the theme, see the Paper Abstract Scavenger album!

Scavenger Hunt #28 – White

“White” is the first word I shot for this Hunt. I knew early on that I really wanted a fully white picture, textured in some way; I just didn’t know which texture would be interesting and fun to shoot. It was literally a matter of “shower thoughts” – I washed my hair and saw the shampoo form a thick white foam at the bottom of the shower, and went “ooooh”. A few days later, I spent some time in my bathroom with more clothes and more camera gear, and I started experimenting with a variety of foam pictures. I lit everything with a Lume cube in one hand (and/or sitting on the border of the shower) and the camera in the other (no tripod was involved in this picture :P), shot a bunch of pictures and decided afterwards which would yield the best results once cropped and processed.

This is the original picture, with only minor RAW development operations:

CameraPentax K-1 II
LensHD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR
Focal length58mm
F-NumberF5.6
Exposure time1/50 s
ISO320

As it is, it took a fair amount of rotating and cropping and editing to get a proper white foam picture, especially since I wanted to avoid the very large hot spot on the left (which was still the light that allowed me to get reasonably contrasted bubbles).

For more interpretations of the theme, see the White Scavenger album!

Scavenger Hunt #28 – Keys

For Keys, I wanted to avoid taking pictures of my home keys, because that was boring and possibly somewhat dangerous to put on the Internet πŸ˜› I also happen to have an Allen key on my keychain, so that was an option; then I thought about piano (I don’t have a piano), keyboard (I do have a lot of keyboards, but no fun idea with them), sheet music keys…. guitar keys!

Once the idea was there, the realization was fairly straightforward – guitar, Lume cube, dark background, SHIP IT!

CameraPentax K-1 II
Lenssmc PENTAX-D FA 50mm F2.8 Macro
Focal length50mm
F-NumberF/10
Exposure time1 s
ISO250

I did a first pass on Darktable to develop the raw to my liking:

Then there’s been some long and painful edit to get rid of the textured background, which I kind of liked per se, but which was distracting in the context of the picture. Keeping the small star of reflection a the bottom of the bottom key was also a large pain.

I’m not super happy with the fact that the bottom key is out of the depth of field (focus stacking may have helped, because I was already at F/10…), but apart from that, I don’t hate the image.

For more interpretations of the theme, see the Keys Scavenger album!

Scavenger Hunt #28 – Shoes

This was the last word for which I got ANY inspiration in this Hunt – although I did re-shoot another one after this one. Talk about uninspiring: I’m profoundly not a shoes person, I don’t own anything remotely interesting in this area, and this is not an area of interest. I vaguely thought about the hot shoe camera mount, but again, nothing came after that. And then I did remember that there IS a shoe token in Monopoly, and that I DO own a copy of Monopoly. So I setup a board, I even re-read the rules quickly to make sure that whatever I was putting on that board was remotely believable, and I got my shoe shot. This is the original picture, with only minor RAW development operations:

CameraPentax K-1 II
Lenssmc PENTAX-D FA 50mm F2.8 Macro
Focal length50mm
F-NumberF/2.8
Exposure time1/80 s
ISO125

Veeery straightforward edit/development – I didn’t even crop anything (which is very rare) – I did add vignetting, though, because it made sense for me for the mood I wanted to give to the image.

For more interpretations of the theme, see the Shoes Scavenger album!

Scavenger Hunt #28 – Connected

My initial train of thought for the word “Connected” was to play with an “ET-like” image, with a finger and an Ethernet cable. And then, for the first “post-soft-lockdown” walk we did, I ran into (not literally) some power lines. Which means that I have a fair amount of power lines pictures in that roll πŸ˜‰ I chose the one which was the most geometrically appealing to me. This is the original picture, with only minor RAW development operations:

CameraPentax K-1 II
LensHD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR
Focal length40mm
F-NumberF/9.0
Exposure time1/80 s
ISO200

The post-processing was a bit of crop&rotate, some exposure and contrast fixing, and obviously the B&W treatment. Nothing particularly fancy, but this is one of my favorite picture for this hunt πŸ™‚

A friend of mine suggested I may have wanted to flip the image vertically, so that the triangles of the image would point up instead of down. This is not an option I had considered, and I’m happy he did for me πŸ˜‰ I tested the image that way, and here’s how it looks:

I’m probably very biased because I don’t like being wrong, but I actually like it less that way. The cable coming from the bottom left of the image ended up coming from the top left, and that leading line consequently feels weaker. Somehow, the light on the right also feels weirder; I also like the pylon at the top more than at the bottom. All in all: I’m standing by my accidental choice πŸ˜‰

For more interpretations of the theme, see the Connected Scavenger album!

Scavenger Hunt #28 – Mirror

This is the last picture I took in this hunt, and it is my favorite. I had a previous idea which had to do with some window reflection, and the concept was there, but the image was just not satisfying – so once I got my last shot out of the way to get the set of 10, I went back to the drawing board to get a proper mirror.

Mirrors are highly non trivial to shoot – especially if you don’t really want to be in the picture ! Playing with angles can be fun, but can also be very frustrating when you realize that what you want to do will Just Not Work – because Physics Said So.

I first remembered that we had a few old hard drive platters that make very decent mirrors; after looking for them for a little while, I found them in the cellar in a bag full of steampunky paraphernalia (which we got a few years ago to attend the steampunk-themed wedding of friends of ours). At that point, I hadn’t connected these dots yet – I started playing with the mirrors on the floor, trying to get interesting reflections of the board games shelves, that sort of things. It was not BAD, but it was somewhat underwhelming.

And then I started setting up the whole “let’s have mirrors reflecting the steampunky stuff – on top of that the mirrors are round, I have a lot of circular stuff in there, this may actually be interesting. It took a little while to arrive at a convincing setup of the whole thing – essentially it ended up looking like this, from another angle:

A lot of holding, and clamps, and chains – but these actually work with the theme, somehow, so that’s great! While working with the setup, there was also the question of being able to take a picture of it while not being on the picture myself. I ended up getting the telephoto lens – had a pretty hard time managing to focus it with the low-ish distance I was able to put between the setup scene and the wall, but it eventually worked out. This is the original picture, with only minor RAW development operations:

CameraPentax K-1 II
LensSigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 Macro
Focal length190mm
F-NumberF/25
Exposure time1/15 s
ISO1600

The processing was slightly more heavy-handed than usual on the color side – I thought that the browner hue fitted fairly well with the subject of the image.

For more interpretations of the theme, see the Mirror Scavenger album!

Scavenger Hunt #28 – Meal

For the Meal theme, I had PLENTY of backups – a friend of mine started a “so, what are y’all eating in this times of lockdown and quarantine?” group, so I had a ton of pictures to choose from, if necessary.

I went for the slightly less obvious theme of “meal preparation” – we made some version of chicken parmigiana, and since this requires quite a bit of setup, I thought it was a good idea. I like taking pictures of that sort of things from above – it gives information, and there’s no “out of focus” issue. Here, the preparation took enough space that getting everything in the picture was a bit of a challenge with my widest lens (which is… not that wide), but I managed still without too much acrobatics. This is the original picture, with only minor RAW development operations:

CameraPentax K-1 II
LensPentax D FA 24-70mm F2.8
Focal length24mm
F-NumberF/9.0
Exposure time1/60 s
ISO320

There was a surprisingly high amount of edition on that picture: as you can see, the setup is pretty cramped, and I ended up having a part of my sink and a part of the yellow surface part of the pictures, which I didn’t want. Fixing that was not hard, but it was somewhat time-intensive.

Other than that, I don’t have many opinions about this picture. I like that the bottom shows a bit of story-telling by giving the coating sequence, but the picture itself feels fairly banal.

For more interpretations of the theme, see the Meal Scavenger album!

Scavenger Hunt #28 – Cozy

Cozy was tough for me, because my mood during this Hunt was far from cozy. So I’ll admit that this is a case of “finding something that can remotely fit the theme and ship it”. The first “post-soft-lockdown” outing we did was to go see a pond with frogs, so we saw the pond with frogs and I decided that this particular frog DID look fairly cozy.

Then… I’m not a telephoto shooter, essentially – I have one, but it’s a cheap one (advantage: it’s lighter than my main lens; drawback: it kind of lacks light and it’s very fiddly), and I didn’t have it with me on that day. I find telephoto lenses to be generally heavy (well. Physics accounts for that, mostly), to have way too long of a minimum focusing distance for my use case, and to be tough to use with any kind of sharpness without a tripod (especially when the damn thing is not opening :P) – hence, mine is definitely not my “walk-around” lens. Maybe I should give it more shots, though (pun intended) – because for this kind of thing, it would definitely have been beneficial.

This is the original picture, with only minor RAW development operations:

CameraPentax K-1 II
LensHD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR
Focal length70mm
F-NumberF/10.0
Exposure time1/100 s
ISO400

Again, very straighforward edit. Hi, it’s a frog. It looks cozy.

For more interpretations of the theme, see the Cozy Scavenger album! (Spoiler: it has A LOT of cats.)

Scavenger Hunt #28 – Toilet Paper

The “Toilet Paper” theme was from the start fairly uninspiring for me. As I’m writing this before the reveals, I’m sure a lot of my Scavenger crew will have wonderfully creative, silly and hilarious takes on the word (And, after publication: can confirm πŸ™‚ ). But that’s just… not me πŸ™‚ However, early in the Hunt, our cleaning lady had store a couple of rolls on top of the bathroom mirror (because the usual station under the sink was overflowing a bit). And that setup caught my eye for a reason in the morning shower, I went “huh”, and I knew what I wanted to do there – play the simplicity, the symmetry, the geometry – these are elements of aesthetics that speak to me, and for which that specific image could work.

Now, it so happens that the bathroom in which we have a shower (and hence the one we mostly use) has very messy reflections in the mirror – said shower, a wall in the middle, and the washing machine/tumble dryer tower. Luckily, the other bathroom is essentially a symmetrical of that one, with only a bathtub – so the mirror reflects the wall. Which works out, kind of.

Because obviously, the challenge there – getting a “clean” reflection in the mirror AND a “clean” geometry…. hrm. So as “boring” as this image may seem initially, it’s actually a composite πŸ˜‰ And it is the only composite I submitted to this hunt!

These are the two “original” images (minor RAW development applied only – and exposed VERY to the left):

CameraPentax K-1 II
LensHD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR
Focal length40mm
F-NumberF/5.6
Exposure time1/40 s
ISO200

(same settings block for both pictures.)

And these are the two images that ended up as layers in my GIMP window:

You’ll notice the disappearance of the shower holder and the geometry distortion to get the middle line of the mirror line up with the rolls in the final picture πŸ˜‰ All in all, I’m quite happy with this picture, because I managed to do what I wanted to do, despite non-trivial challenges. I’m not entirely happy with the visible lens flare (… probably lens flare?) in the middle of the image, but I didn’t manage to correct it cleanly, sooooo it stayed there πŸ™‚

For more interpretations of the theme, see the Toilet Paper Scavenger album!

Scavenger Hunt #27

The reveals for the 27th Photography Scavenger Hunt are done… which means I get to post my Behind the Scenes blog post, with all that I did for this round!

It’s been a tough round – I didn’t manage to do anything in December – December tends to always be a silly month, and December 2019 was a VERY silly month.

My January went a bit better – well enough that I found SOME inspiration for at least SOME of the words, and I even got a few pictures that I really like. A few of these started as “backup shots” – but generally speaking I’m not ashamed of anything I submitted this month (although I’m not necessarily HAPPY with everything I submitted.) And more importantly, I learnt a ton of things in the image processing/photo editing domain, and I gained some experience in “how to do things so that I avoid painting myself in a corner”.

Anyway, without further ado: my set of pictures for the Round 27 of the Photography Scavenger Hunt – roughly in the order where I decided I’d submit them.

Car

For the “car” theme, I was wholly out of ideas until I remembered that trams were also called street cars – and that I live in a city with a lot of trams. So I first went out with a camera around tram lines, and didn’t really get anything fun there. But then I also remembered we have a funicular, and that this funicular happens to run near a few tram lines too – so I went to a place where I could get both in the picture, spent some time for a (street) car and a (cable) car to synchronize (That actually happened fairly early, and not as well later on…!), and got a few shots, including this one, right out of darktable with essentially nothing done on it – it’s exposed on the left because I wanted to keep options for the sky there.

The first image processing was in darktable – exposure, straightening, cropping. For the cropping I considered cropping more in the bottom of the picture and framing the tram below in a “cleaner” triangle, but I liked the picture less, because then I had a tendency to crop more sky as well to re-balance it, and I like that sky, even in B&W.

I was still not suuuuper convinced by the image itself, which is, in all fairness, pretty boring. So I decided to have a bit more fun with it, and pushed the cheesiness factor to 11 by getting my cars selectively colored – which is not something I had much experience with before, so that was a way to push my own boundaries when it comes to technique too. I wondered if I should also re-saturate the “regular” cars in the front; I decided against it because I think the image stands better “on its own” (i.e. without the reference to the theme) without them.

I did that operation in GIMP, and I will admit that I got suuuper lazy there – it’s probably ill-advised to pixel-peep on that picture, because the resaturation was definitely large-stroked. I decided I was happy enough with that and that I wouldn’t be much happier with a lot more time spent on that, so I decided to ship it that way πŸ™‚

The full album: Round 27 – Car.

Steps

For Steps, I wasn’t very inspired – I have a few shots of stairs in front of GrossmΓΌnster (eh) that would have served as backup… until I remembered that there was PROBABLY some stairs going to the lake and that it might make an interesting picture. And indeed – there are a few stairs here and there; I consequently have a large amount of pictures with different lights and different handling of the polarizing factor, and this one ended up being my favorite raw one:

For the final picture, well, mostly basic edits in darktable for crop, exposure and so on – removing a bit of bird droppings on the steps too while I was at it, and there, picture!

The full album: Round 27 – Steps.

Light trails

I guess that goes for “another technical shot” for this one. My first idea of light trails was quite obviously getting some night long exposure somewhere – possibly around the train station, or to find a busy place, or possibly to go on top of the local mountain and try to get a long exposure of the city and hope for the best. Then I played around with the idea of doing some word light painting (because I’d never done that), and one thing led to another, and I ended up with playing with lights along a contour of my guitar.

There’s been a lot of shots for this one – for various reasons. First, as mentioned – never did that before, so I had to make things work with regards to the general exposure, the lights, etc. I ended up shooting in a dark room, with a fill light on the left of my camera, and moving another light along the guitar while the camera was exposing. Both lights, by the way, are Lume Cubes – the fill light was a white one with a diffuser, the “moving things around” had a red filter, a yellow filter, and a snoot. It took me quite a while to get a reasonably clean contour of the guitar in one pass (I kiiiind of didn’t want to assemble multiple shots, so this thing is a single shot), especially at the bottom of it, but I finally found ways to make it work (it did involve holding the cube on the guitar and moving it around, essentially – and not worry too much about being in the picture when I was passing in front of it for the bottom), and I ended up finally with this one:

Edits were all done in Darktable – cropping, cleaning the background and the final piece of light at the bottom, playing with the exposure of the guitar, and finally calling it a day. I’m not SUPER HAPPY about the sharpness of the guitar itself, and I think I could have made it better, among others by compositing with a shot where I don’t move in front of the guitar (which doesn’t help for sharpness) and/or a properly exposed one (here it’s vastly underexposed because the important thing was the light trail, for which I didn’t want to risk losing color). But hey, I made a new thing πŸ˜‰

Full album: Round 27 – Light Trails.

Time

My “Time” picture may raise a couple of eyebrows in terms of “I… don’t get it”. I would probably need to rename it “Scales of time”. This is actually my favorite place in ZΓΌrich. The view over the lake is pretty, you can see the Alps in the background, and more importantly, this is “my” tree – I decided a few years ago that this tree was “mine”, and that’s it πŸ˜› And, as the map of ZΓΌrich tells me, it’s an eastern cottonwood (some kind of poplar) that’s been planted in 1930 πŸ™‚

And as I was visiting “my” tree (while having the Scavenger list on my mind), I realized that there was a myriad of scales of time visible in that picture – the second, for the movement of water; the minute or the hour, for the people enjoying the view; the day, for the sunset; the season, for the winter in the naked tree; the span of a human life; the span of a tree life; the geological scale of the mountains.

So… maybe this picture will only make sense to me for this theme. I don’t really care πŸ™‚

And as for the original picture, pre-edits:

(Yes. I seem to be underexposing in camera these days. It seems to work okay for me in post-proc πŸ˜‰ ). I’m a bit annoyed that I’ve had to cut the top of the tree to be able to rotate the image so that the horizon is, indeed, horizontal – but it bothered me more to have a tilted horizon than missing a few branches at the top of the image. So… eh.

The full album: Round 27 – Time.

Jam

Profound lack of inspiration struck again for “Jam” – and I knew it was probably going to stay. So on a whim, I took what I thought would be a “backup shot” with my phone while shopping for groceries the other day:

And when I arrived in front of my computer, I had a moment of “Huh. This is actually… This would definitely not be the worst picture I submitted to a Scavenger Hunt”. So I did some minor edits to emphasize the geometry of the image, played a bit with the colors and sharpening, and called it a day. And indeed, this is NOT the image I like the least for this hunt πŸ˜‰

The funny thing is that, during the reveals, people were mostly commenting on the amount of choice. Coming from France, this feels like the “lower standard end” of what I would expect to find in a large supermarket – there’s more quantity of each choice, but not necessarily more choice per se πŸ™‚

The full album: Round 27 – Jam.

Row

This has been a tough one to choose. When told “row”, I have a fairly vivid image in my mind – this one, which I took two years ago. And, somehow, I didn’t manage to get beyond that for this submission to the Scavenger hunt. Except… the pictures I have for this hunt are actually weaker, in my opinion, than the “inspiration”! But oh well. Please have a row of birds and a row of boats πŸ˜›

The original picture was taken with a Sony NEX-7 (which I don’t know as well as my camera πŸ˜‰ ), and in all fairness the B&W treatment has more to do with trying to “salvage” the image than a real artistic statement πŸ™‚

And I usually do not have two fully processed pictures for my scavenger picture… except today I do. I did hesitate between both for the theme; the one I ended up submitting fits more clearly to the theme, I think. But since this is my blog and I do what I want, here’s the one I DIDN’T submit:

And, as you can see, very much the same concept πŸ˜‰

The full album: Round 27 – Row.

Lavender

I guess this one is… me being a smartass, or something. Inspiration was, yet again, not my forte (I sense this is a theme for this Hunt, right?) – and I saw the bottles of syrup in the middle in the supermarket the other day. I went “OKAY, I’m getting a backup shot, because WE NEVER KNOW”, and next thing led to another, I started looking in shelves for all the lavender scented things I could find, and there’s actually quite a lot πŸ˜› So I went for it, this is my “Lavender Scavenger Hunt”, I got nine of them in two supermarkets, can you do better? πŸ˜‰

The full album: Round 27 – Lavender.

Spiral

When walking in ZΓΌrich looking for Row and Steps and whatever I could find, I saw in the display of a jewelry store a pair of earrings that were ammonite shaped. I almost snagged a picture…. and remembered I had a small ammonite the my little mineral collection I started last year! From there, the “spiral” theme because pretty obvious.

It took me more time than I expected to get a “clean” picture – I’m not sure if I’m getting worse at this or if my standards are getting higher (I suspect more of the latter) (okay, I want to believe more of the latter πŸ˜› ): I had sharpness issues, I had light issues, I had all the issues – until eventually I cranked the tripod and the remote, and switched to my macro lens, and made my life actually easier. (Surprising, eh?). And one of the 30-ish shots I took was finally satisfying and workable:

The edits were fairly basic – the most annoying part was to get a proper clean black background. I think next time I may consider shooting on green screen and make my life easier when it comes to cutting out the background.

And yes, I cheated a bit – because I also submitted this picture, in another form, as my 52Frames “Fill the frame” entry πŸ™‚ And, in complete fairness, I think I do prefer the 52Frames version (I need to experiment more with tighter crops than I usually go for, I think), but it felt less “spiraly” than this one.

The full album: Round 27 – Spiral.

Touch

For quite some time, I had… 0 idea for touch. And then I went to Google Images, and, well, searched for touch. Which eventually led me to the concept of “Midas Touch” – the legend in which Midas, king of Greece, transformed everything he touched into gold. So I then looked for things in my house that I could POSSIBLY have in a picture of stuff turned to gold, and I settled quite rapidly on our water pot. I first got a quick picture, vaguely validated that it seemed POSSIBLE that I could do what I had in mind. Then I went for a “better” picture to work with. I had noted, in the initial attempts, that getting a yellow reflection from my tablecloth COULD be something I’d want, so I went for it. Took a few pictures, eventually settled for this one:

The basic edits were basic, but then I literally spent hours in GIMP to achieve the final result. And I went through three iterations of the image too. I’ve been told that I may have tried to do this picture in “hard mode” – starting from a reflecting material and trying to edit it into a metallic material may have, indeed, been…. optimistic, considering my general amount of photo editing skill.

Buuuuut I did learn a lot, including in how to manipulate my selections and my layers and my masks and everything, and in how to define my own brushes in GIMP, and so on and so forth. The final image IS a bit disappointing, but the experience and competence I built is invaluable πŸ™‚

The full album: Round 27 – Touch.

Frozen

I guess that the inspiration for this image is obvious for anyone who’s done the Hunt for a while – hi Dave!

This is the last image I shot, and really the one I thought I’d didn’t get. I was simply out of ideas; and the weather around here as been mild enough all winter that the occasion to shoot some frozen vegetation have been rare… and I missed all of them.

I eventually remembered that I have a Metal Earth AT-AT, courtesy of a colleague who enjoyed assembling it but who thought I’d enjoy the end result more than he did, and what better prop for a “frozen” theme than a thing highly associated with a frozen planet? Well. There’s also obviously… well… Frozen, the animated movie(s). And in my mind came the idea of having Elsa fight said AT-AT on a frozen surface, because duh.

Which meant – I needed an Elsa. My first attempt to find one failed – the first toy shop I went to didn’t have what I wanted in terms of look, size, and general inspiration. Which again meant… the deadline day for the Hunt was there, and I didn’t have a Frozen picture. So I went to a second toy shop, thinking I wouldn’t find what I wanted, but still thinking that at least I would have tried. Aaaaand I found an Elsa I thought I could work with.

I went back home, I set things up in my soft box, and I started shooting. I wanted a blue-ish light, so I put a lume cube with a blue filter on top of my lightbox; I spread some flour on my surface (I did remember Dave mentioning that flour made surprisingly good snow for toy photography πŸ˜€ ), and I shot the base for the picture.

Okay. This is not entirely true. I wanted this picture in, because it shows better the scale of what I was starting with. But I knew that it would probably make my life much, MUCH easier to have two different pictures. So I took independent pictures too:

The important thing for it to work was to have consistent lighting, because I knew that Elsa would DEFINITELY not be to the correct scale with the AT-AT in the initial picture, and that I’d have to reintegrate her smaller somehow. So I was careful with my lighting and camera setup to get consistent shots I could work with. I then edited the RAW in darktable with literally the same stack of edits on both pictures, to keep consistency still, and I ended up with pictures I could work with.

Then I started playing with Gimp – took the Elsa picture, and started removing the background to get a pastable selection. I eventually got that (this is NOT work I particularly enjoy, I must admit…)… and I realized when pasting the image that I had made a mistake in my darktable process: I had applied a monochrome filter, because I was being lazy with the handling of the colors – it felt… complicated to get right. But it made the final image waaay too unreadable – Elsa needs to be smaller than the AT-AT, and in B&W she was just not very recognizable anymore – I think the blue dress and transparent cape help a lot.

Buuuut instead of despairing that I had done ALL THAT WORK FOR NOTHING, I re-exported the image from darktable without the B&W, and I managed to move my mask/selection from the B&W image to the color one – which worked perfectly fine πŸ™‚ (So yay, I learnt how to unpaint myself from a corner!).

I went for image readability versus accurate scale – let’s say it’s a…. alternate universe AT-AT, which is super small compared to the ones we know? πŸ˜› And all in all, I am super happy with the final image – it’s definitely in my favorites for this round, possibly even my favorite πŸ™‚

The full album: Round 27 – Frozen.

And that was it, I was able to submit all 10 pictures with almost 4 hours to spare – THE LUXURY! (Nah. I don’t think I ever cut it that close πŸ˜€ )