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Climbing over the streets of Ottawa

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Every now and again as I learn new photography skills, I like to re-visit old photographs and see if I can change them. The silhouetted girl in these pictures is my eldest daughter, Helen and I took the picture in 2017 when she was using a climbing frame.

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An old photograph of Helen using a climbing frame that I have merged with an Ottawa street scene.

I was recently doing a little bit of work, learning how to use ‘layers’ when editing photographs using Photoshop. I wondered what would happen if I merged this picture with another one.

I felt the image could be perfect for merging because it only featured black and white. Any new colours added to the picture should stand out in an interesting way.

I merged it with a photograph of a street scene I took earlier this year in Ottawa when I was visiting Canada. I don’t know what it is about North American street scenes, but they are incredibly photogenic.

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Here’s the original image of Helen on the climbing frame.

I have made two versions of the image. I won’t give you masses of technical detail (unless you’re a committed photographer, I’m sure you’d find it boring!). Suffice it to say the second image is more experimental. I moved Helen’s image and used a ‘hard light’ setting to amend how the Ottawa street scene looked when placed over the picture of Helen on the climbing frame.

A second version of the merged image. Which do you prefer?

Which of the pictures do you like? Do you think this kind of effect works? If you are a keen photographer, do you have suggestions for improving them? 

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