I have some really awesome neighbors. Their names are Amber and Ben. Amber and Ben were married a few years ago and last fall welcome a little boy into the world by the name of Brecon. He is adorable and has the best cheeks I've ever photographed.
With Father's Day rolling around, Amber wanted to get something special for Ben's first time being celebrated on this day. She had the perfect idea, but needed a little help.
While Amber is a born and bred Chicagoan, she married a good old Midwestern boy from small town Iowa. Ben's parents, much like my parents, have lived in the same house for decades. This spring they decided to sell that home.
Amber, Ben and Brecon took the 8 hour trip there a few weekends ago to hang out in Ben's childhood home one last time. And while they were there Amber took a ton of photos of the tree at Ben's old home. Why you ask? Because Amber knew this tree, which doesn't look like most trees, would always be a symbol of that house and that house would always hold a lot of meaning to Ben.
For Father's Day, she wanted to gift Ben a photo of that tree, but one that would showcase the unique shape of it. By the shape of it, there's no way Ben could mistake that tree for any other tree.
Amber send me a bunch of photos of the tree. Ultimately, I decided to base my work off this one.
Tell me that is not a unique looking tree.
I set about in Photoshop to isolate the tree from its background. The best way to showcase the tree's shape was to take away everything but the tree. So my first step, isolate the tree and then delete the background.
That left me with the above. But it was still looking too literal. I turned it black and white and applied some filters that made it look more more like a drawing than a photo.
Getting much closer.
From there I went in an fine tuned the edges and removed all the remaining bits of background. With that complete, I uploaded the image to my site so Amber could see what it would look like framed. Here it is as a 8x12 photo, with a two inch white matte and a think black metal frame.
I almost want to frame that and put it in my home. Don't you?
Amber took the final file and tinted it green, which I really love. She said her home already has too much black and white artwork, so I love that she went with a color. And the framing she picked was just perfect.
Voila! The final product.
Now I need to get over to their house and see the final product in person. I sure know Ben deserves it. I've seen him in action and can vouch that he's a great dad.
This project was a lot of fun to work on. I like getting the opportunity to flex my Photoshop muscles every once in a while. Don't get me wrong, I really do love getting to transform the photos I take, but this was a different kind of fun. To start with an every day photo of a tree and turn into into an artistic rendering that I hope becomes a family heirloom was a different kind of thrill.
Do you have a photo you need fixing or transforming? If so, feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org I might be able to help you out. Photoshop and I can do a lot of amazing thing. Ok, it's mostly Photoshop, but I help. :)