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Theme: Manipulations

Something heavily 'photoshopped' - replaced backgrounds, inserted people or objects, etc. The resulting image can be pseudo-naturalistic or abstract.

This theme was suggested by Tetsujin.

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Manipulated Monument

Manipulated Monument

23 images, stacked and blended to remove dozens of tourists at the East Coast Memorial, Battery Park, Manhattan, New York. Not a single use of the clone tool to preserve the names on the memorial (original is nearly 8 times this resolution, little hard to read them scaled down like this.)

Contact sheet of source images

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Cosmic Lily enter image description here

Water lily, split, mirrored, with 'cosmic' egg added...
Lily photo taken at Chicago Botanic Garden
Edited in Photoshop, oil paint filter

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  • \$\begingroup\$ It would be a beautiful image without the "egg". \$\endgroup\$
    – Eric S
    Feb 8, 2022 at 21:24
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Leeds Market, winter's day.
Completely fake sky.
Nikon D5500 75mm f/4 1/400 ISO 100

I suppose I should start this one off, as it was my suggestion.
Unfortunately, I can't post most of my best work in this category, as it's all based on existing copyright images. I use the results just within the family, they're never published anywhere.

thumbnail of original

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Evidently if you manipulate the image enough you might be able to avoid copyright issues. How that works would be a good question. (Google search: Fair use of manipulated images") \$\endgroup\$
    – Eric S
    Jan 31, 2022 at 16:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ @EricS - yeah… but no… law.stackexchange.com/questions/63662/… \$\endgroup\$
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 31, 2022 at 17:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ I suspect the level of manipulation is such that the original image is not recognizable. Either way, I agree it is dicey. \$\endgroup\$
    – Eric S
    Jan 31, 2022 at 18:10
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Sun of the Night

Sun of the Night

Shanghai, 05/17/2010

EOS 50D, 18mm@18-55 IS, 1/15, f/4, ISO800

I was dragging the curves towards limits in different combinations and ended up liking how the street lamp turned out. Apologies for the artifacts everywhere else.

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Sunset Meet

Westbound and eastbound trains meet just before sunset on March 8, 2014 at the Wheeler siding in northern Alabama located about halfway between Memphis and Chattanooga on what was then the Memphis District - East End of the Norfolk Southern Alabama Division. The division has since been renamed as the North Gulf Division.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II + EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS @ 24mm, ISO 640, f/4, 1/4000

There was a lot of pushing and pulling using the raw image data to get the final result above. All adjustments, including significant tone mapping, were global and equally applied to the entire image.

Compare the above to the more or less straight out of camera result re-created using Canon's older Digital Photo Professional 3 software to apply the fairly generic in-camera settings at the time the image was captured.

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A white screen

A picture of my phone's screen while it was displaying a completely white screen, taken with a microscope at my work. In the bottom right I have left the scale. We can really appreciate the "RGB" pixels here, all turned on to form white.

Although this is not a sophisticated composite or filtered image, the manipulation is the high amount of zoom, as we would never think of this as a picture of a white screen.

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Camera: Keyence VHX-7000

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"Uncork your Joy"

Please pardon the Christmas card format - but this is one of my many Photoshop projects. The image was assembled in November 2017. Separate images were taken with a Sony Alpha 65. There are actually five images in the card - one for each letter, one for the bottle and one for the red drapery background.

The letters are made of wood and were photographed at ISO-200 and 1/2000 sec exposure using a burst mode that shot around 10 pictures per second. (It took about 100 images to get the three I used.) To get the splash, I dropped them in a 20 gallon fish tank with a black background while shooting, timing the burst to start just before they hit the water.

The jug picture was taken at ISO-200 and 1/4000 sec while the jug was emptying of water. I used a black background here as well to allow subsequent cropping.

The rest was photoshop magic.enter image description here

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Title - Trophy Heart

This is one of the images from a project I was doing in 2018 to create a compelling image of what it might be like to have one's heart taken and put on a shelf. This photo was created by using Photoshop to combine two images - one of a trophy shelf with two trophies and a bottle full of red liquid, and one image of a heart pendant suspended in a bottle of red liquid while flour sifted down through the liquid.

All images were taken with a Sony A65. The shelf image was taken at ISO 100 and 1/125 sec. using a tripod and flash to get the back shadows and red bottle on the back wall. (I actually built a shelf just for this project.) The standalone heart image was taken at ISO-400 and a 1/2 sec exposure using a tripod and a top-down light.

I aligned the heart on the bottle and did some magic Photoshop blending to get the final effect. enter image description here

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