How Long Do You Think She's Gonna Lie There?

Composite scene creation

As previously promised, I would do another article on composing scenes. So herewith. Let’s start right away.

On a number of websites I came across many performances of which you could see or at least conclude that they were made by montage. some are so clever that the performance appears to be real but by looking logically you soon see that what you see is not possible, usually. It is mostly fun to do and you can often make very nice images with it but also images with a meaning, depending on the things you combine and what atmosphere you give the end result. I’ll show you a few of my older compositions first before explaining roughly how it works.

Skydancer

Skydancer
Skydancer

It was a very warm day

It was a very warm day
It was a very warm day

Enjoying The Peace While A Mercedes Is Falling Down!

Enjoying The Peace While A Mercedes Is Falling Down!
Enjoying The Peace While A Mercedes Is Falling Down!

I’ll make sure to put them all in one category for easy viewing. You can see in all the images above that they have an alienating effect on reality. Dancing in the air? I didn’t think so. Walking naked on the bridge? Maybe. A Mercedes falling from the sky? Also very strange. Also, the reflection of the Mercedes is the wrong way around in the water. Yet another alienation that is in the image. In the beginning it couldn’t get crazy enough but I more now that I get more and more close to a reality creating a surreal image that really portrays something I want to say. These are especially my latest montages in black and white.

Het voorbeeld

Now to the example of how to make such a montage. We’ll keep it very simple here so it’s easy to follow without getting bogged down in actions that only make things more difficult. In most of the other montages I needed a lot more actions and adjustments but you’ll run into that when you start as well. The photos below are the start photos that I am going to combine.

Figure 1

Ballerina

ballerina
Ballerina

Figure 2

Boy

jongen
Jongen

You see, two completely different images and that’s what makes it fun, because together they seem to have a completely different expression. To create something I work with Affinity Photo. Nier expensive and can do everything I need and is also in Photoshop. I open the photos and they are each in their own window at first.

Window 1

Ballerina in window

Balerina in eigen venster
Balerina in eigen venster

window 2

Boy in window

Jongen in eigen venster
Jongen in eigen venster

I downloaded both pictures from Pixabay, You may use the photos freely because they are Public Domain. For this reason, my montages are also Public Domain and anyone can use them. We are going to merge the two images by copying the photo of the boy into a layer on top of the photo of the ballerina. You can see the result below after I resized the boy’s image because it completely covered the ballerina.

The combination

De combinatie
De combinatie

You can see by the blue outline that the boy is still selected in the resize tool. I don’t need to do anything else here. This is because both pictures have a nice black frame, otherwise I would probably have to remove the surroundings and make the layer transparent in the boy’s case, but I don’t need to do that here. Therefore, I’m going to merge the layers so that they are one piece to edit them with Silver Efex, because I want to make a black and white image of it.

Editing in Silver Efex

Bewerking in Silver Efex
Bewerking in Silver Efex

You can see that in Silver Efex I have used my Dark Mood preset. This one immediately gave a nice result, at least the way I wanted it in terms of atmosphere. So I give OK in Silver Efex and the image comes back adjusted in Affinity Photo where I can possibly edit it further. However, this is not necessary so I immediately switched to exporting to TIFF format, which can be used practically anywhere. Eventually, for uploading to websites I will convert it to JPG.

Export to TIFF

Exporteren naar TIFF
Export to TIFF

So a quick end result in this case. Most edits take longer, so be patient. If you are not satisfied, save your work and continue another time. Here is the end result and the title:

How Long Do You Think She’s Gonna Lie There?

How Long Do You Think She's Gonna Lie There?
How Long Do You Think She’s Gonna Lie There?

And now get going yourself, start easy and then try to expand it. That keeps it fun and you have results every time with a challenge for the next composition.

Examples of composed scenes can be seen below.

The photos

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