Ok, So I love this image for so many reasons. A) The subject is my one of my dear friends Kory Zuccarelli B) He honored me by naming it, and C) I got to use some of my new textures from New Orleans! Whhhhaaaat!!! Trifecta!
Here is the cool Gif to show you the building of the image “Beckoning the lost for a final farewell”. The image was created from several photos taken on different days. First, I took the image of Kory. When shooting the image, I didn’t have quite a clear vision of what I wanted to do with it, but he was in a cape, soooooo pretty much if you put a cape on, you are begging to have your picture taken.
While on my first visit to New Orleans, I decided to take a self guided tour of the cool cemetery’s they have, and when I saw this tomb I knew it was going to be the perfect background. I remembered that I shot Kory’s image looking up a bit, so I shot several images of this tomb at different angles so I could make sure when I was to blend them together, they would match up. Lucky for me, it was a rainy overcast day (perfect lighting for compositing) and I was able to remove the gray sky fairly easy. I wanted a slightly more dramatic sky (I think that is my style) – But not too dramatic that it would distract from the subjects.
After compositing it was time for color. Some slight desaturation and a few curves adjustments, and I felt it was looking pretty good. His hands were empty at the time I shot the original image and I choose not to photoshop a different object in there, but to add a glow of light instead.
The two textures I used are below. I just love adding textures to all of my digital paintings, I just feel like it ties everything together. Playing with the different blending modes and opacity to create a signature look. You can download these textures for free, so you can play too… CLICK HERE FOR THAT POST