Mermaid in a Bathtub | Photo Composite

I have always been one to believe you take a great photo, not make a great photo..but….one of the things I want to focus more on in 2017 is Photoshop and the tricks and tips that come with that monstrous program.  So that means making great photos. Lately I have been taken with composites.  This is where an element from one of my images is edited ( sometimes very heavily) into a bunch of pieces from other artists.

Now I have head swapped, and removed items from pictures, taken inches off my butt and made skin look like plastic but this is different. This was WAY harder, it took about half an hour to capture the image I needed,  I took 70 to get one. Then about 2 hours to piece it together.  This composite is not my original idea ( all sources are credited at the bottom of this post), but when you have a 6 year old with long hair its hard not to want a Mermaid in a Bathtub | Photo Composite.

Mermaid in a Bathtub | Photo Composite

Mermaid in a Bathtub | Photo Composite

I have been staring at this for hours, and I see all the flaws. But the point of this post is I have to start somewhere and this is my first time doing this.  I didn’t want a tack sharp image, I like the blur – it gives more of a fairy tale feel.  The curtains bug me, they should fall at the back of the tub and not at the front, so yes I will go back and re-edit it but this is my reminder of my first time. I also don’ t like the stoned wall behind either, but that is what a learning curve is.

Here is the SOOC image – that means straight out of camera – no editing what so ever and the foundation to my composite. No laughing at my 1980’s bathtub design.

Mermaid in a Bathtub | Photo Composite

I did some white balance, and mainly focused my editing on my daughter, then once she was the way I wanted I added some elements from other designers to make the look complete.

Mermaid in a Bathtub | Photo Composite

click here for credit on curtains

Mermaid in a Bathtub | Photo Composite

click here for credit on texture

Mermaid in a Bathtub | Photo Composite

click here for credit for tail

Mermaid in a Bathtub | Photo Composite

click here for credit on wall

Some bubble brushes & a sunset and you are set! ( the bubbles are a brush set I downloaded and I have no idea where I got the sunset as I have had that for a while.)

Thank you to Tara Lesher for the inspiration of the Mermaid in the Bathtub, this was a fun, steep learning curve but it inspires me to do better.  I really need to capture & design my imagination.

I have a had a few people ask why I broke down this image to show you all the pieces. It’s really simple. We live in an age where 90% of what we see isn’t real, and I don’t want to contribute to that without being honest. This is a composite. Fun & whimsy. But not real.  So stay tuned to watch what else my brain comes up with this year.

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