Last spring, I saw this lonely sailboat while walking around the port of Palma de Mallorca with my wife and daughter. This beautiful sailboat seemed to drift away all on its own. I could not resist photographing it.
My idea was to make a composite of several images, a multi-exposure, and blend them with layers in Photoshop. For that purpose, I took several photos without using the function “multi-exposure” on my camara. Those shots were taken with different focal lenghts and parameters to try them out while processing and hoping to reach the idea I had in mind.
From the 20 images I took, I selected these three to try it out.
First I applied the same settings to all three images in Camera Raw.
You can see here which settings were applied.
Than I opened them in Photoshop, aligning the layers and applying different opacities to each of them. I also resized them to create the multi-exposure effect as you can see in the following screenshot.
But the result did not convince me completely. I didn't want the hills in the background and was wondering how to eliminate them.
Most of the time, I use the Topaz Impresion suite. It has some awesome creative filters. I didn't want to use any filter with an “agressive” or “overdone” look not to change the appearance of the image. So thinking about a “soft” filter called “pencil”. This filter gives the photo a slight pen sketch look. Adjusting the values, the filter even made the background fading to really have the feeling of a ship drifting alone on the sea.
After applying the filter, I went back to Photoshop to adjust the values, brightness, contrast, and some saturation. Nothing more had to be done to reach my goal.
As finishing touch, I applied a little vignetting to highlight the sailboat and the sea to center the attention of the viewer.
This final result satisfied me and resulted in a publication on 1x.
I truly hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. Sometimes, an image can be processed in a relatively simple way to take the viewers with you to your “imaginary world” of that moment. I'm pleased that I was able to polish this one with a bit of my creativity.
A good advice: always let your imagination flow to create a different image out of your own fantasy world and share it with others.
All the best,