BRING ON THE DANCING HORSE-POWER

♪ First I’m gonna make it
Then I’m gonna break it
Till it falls apart
Photoshop is faking
All the photos that you’re taking
For your brittle art ♪

 Echo, Melody, & the Bunnymen 

I put some color back into a photo this week with the Visual Assignment-
I’m sorry, what is going on in this music video? I picked a strange one to parody for this post
Anyway, as I was neighing- erm, I mean saying, I picked the Assignment, Splash The Color. Details for this Assignment are as follows:

“Color splash is a technique to emphasize details- you remove all color from a photo, and then restore original color to a single object, e.g. a green apple on a table. Think of the Girl in the red dress from Schindler’s List.

You can do this in a number of ways with photo editing software or using mobile apps. The answer lies in the Google.”

There are indeed many ways to edit a photo, but I decided to use my tried and true tool for editing photos- Photoshop.

Well, I’m just chomping at the bit to get started, so here I go-

“Are you just gonna make horse jokes the whole time?”

A few days ago, as I was being dragged away from my homework for a mother-daughter lunch break in Downtown Fred, I caught a very opportune sight of a carriage tour trotting past. I was excited to capture the exact moment when the horse stepped into the light. The shadows and road lines made an interesting demarcation between the horse and the person steering him- or so I thought at the time. Sometimes, you look back at your photos and the ones you think are just ‘meh’ end up being the ones you use, whereas the ones you think are great end up being the photos you say ‘neigh’ to. It’s a bit strange, but images can be deceptive depending on what device you are looking at them on.

I ended up going with a side view of the horse and carriage (sans ‘Love and Marriage’), because there were some interesting objects and vivid colors in play. And seeing as how the horse and carriage were already black and white, I couldn’t exactly bring back a splash of color to objects that lacked color. But a bright red car? Ah! Now that’s a horse of a different color (car = horsepower? Get it)? I decided to juxtapose the modern car against the antiquated horse by keeping the car red and desaturating the rest.

I did this by using the magnetic lasso tool to select the car, then I hit ‘Inverse’ in the selection menu. I did a black & white adjustment layer over the selected bits, and upped the levels. I added a violet photo filter and set it to ’20,’ just to give it a little bit of a soft color tone to contrast nicely with the red. I did a harsh s-curve and set the opacity to 40% to really make it pop. (I started with 100% opacity, but had to reign it in).

So did I pull this assignment off? Well, it was a photo race to finish, but I did!
Final B&W picture with a splash of color:

Now pony up your comments, ds106-er’s!

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Paul

    Highlighting the car in the background has the effect of pushing it forward visually, which ends up flattening the photo in a weird way. It makes a great example of how color affects depth.

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