At the railroad museum I snapped two shots without actually looking through the view finder. I’m practicing shooting from the hip and aiming without looking because, well, I’m lazy.
Garrett is 32″ tall, and I’m about 66″ tall. Ok, maybe 65″. Instead of bending over and crawling around on the ground, it’s much easier for me to hold the camera down on his level and snap shots rapid fire in the hopes that I’ll catch a good one.
If you don’t do this, you should try it sometime. I’ve gotten some of my BEST shots that way. That’s how I got this picture, in fact. I’ve also noticed that it is one of the ways to get Garrett to actually look into the camera lens when I don’t have it pressed up against my face. Weird, but it works.
Anyway, I shot these two pictures during our photo session at the railroad tracks.
The first one:
The second one:
When I saw these two I thought, AW MAN! If only I had gotten the overall shot of that because THAT would have been a great photo.
So I started playing around with the two images in Photoshop Elements. I’ve used the Photomerge Panorama before to make goofy pictures like merging my head onto a $100 bill and stuff… but never for an actual photo that I want to show to anyone.
But this one is different. I’m going to let you guys be the judge on this one.
Here is the result of merging the two images:
Here is how I did it:
In Photoshop Elements open the two photos that you want to merge together.
Click File –>New
Click Photomerge Panorama
Drag and drop the two images into the box until they are overlapping. They will snap together automatically, but just keep moving them around until you are happy with the way it looks.
Click OK, and it will spit out a new merged image.
Crop it to your liking!
Sorry, but I have no idea how to do this in Photoshop CS3 or any of that newfangledness. I know you CAN do it, but don’t ask me how.
I can’t decide if I like it or not. So, you tell me… creepy or not?
If I had not told you that this was a merged photo would you have known it?
Garrett’s shoulders look kinda wonky, and his lapel is doubled up. But aside from that, you’d have to really zoom in to see that the pattern in his flannel doesn’t exactly match up.
I’d love to hear feedback on this one. Please comment and let me know what you think.