The camera in the leftmost picture was in My Bio page, and that is
me in the center (so serious), but I wasn't in Seattle at the time.
I was in New Jersey, where I live. Two years ago I was by the
Space Needle to take the picture on the right.
I wanted to illustrate how digital restoring can combine elements
from different photos to create a whole new reality. So why is the picture
of me backwards? I took it in a mirror which was propped up on a railing
in my backyard. Then, I reversed the image to normal orientation. You'll
notice it has a wide-angle "lensey" quality that made me look
too "penguinish." My old digital camera was set at a wide view, for more
depth of field (greater range of focus). Using Adobe Photoshop, I corrected
the perspective to even up the scale of the picture from top to bottom.
Of course I needed to color correct the blue cast from the shaded late
afternoon light. I made the portrait a lot more cheery, I think, by
morphing my mouth, cheeks and the lower part of my eyes to more of a
I silhouetted (created a mask around) the camera and brought it into
my portrait. After carefully sizing the camera to scale with my hands,
I dropped it into a window created in the file. With some tweaking and
fudging, I cleaned up any rough edges around the camera, most notably
the palm of my left hand, which had been covered by the camera strap.
I silhouetted myself with camera in hand, and inserted that into, or
I should say, on top of the Space Needle picture. Making specific selections
(kind of a halfway silhouette), I made the building to the left a slightly
out of focus and the Space Needle even more so to give the feeling of
distance and depth.
I adjusted a filter setting to direct a soft yellowish light on myself,
as well as the camera, to echo the light cascading off of building to
the left of the Space needle. Finally, I put a subtle round reflection
in the camera lens of the flanking areas in the Seattle shot to add
to the illusion that the camera was there. So don't say a picture never
lies. At the same time, I believe, restoration is an approach to the