As you can see, I decided to combine a pair of scissors and a few red peppers together for my combo photo. When I first started the assignment and started looking for images, I had little idea of what I wanted to do and I knew the CC options for images were limited, so I went with the easier idea of looking up images of buildings with a plan to add some goofy figure on top of the building. However, I decided that would be too easy to accomplish, so I started thinking of more unique ways I could combine things. After a bit of thinking I got the idea of combining scissors with a pair of things that extended outwards, matching the shape of scissors. I found a pair of red scissors I though worked well, so I came up with the idea that red peppers would be a perfect match. After a bit of searching, I found a pair of peppers that were somewhat skinny and extended outward just like I wanted.
Once I had my images, using pixlr wasn’t too difficult. The main difficulty was in the beginning figuring out how to add a 2nd image by using the layering option. Every time I had an issue I couldn’t figure out (such as cutting out the peppers or stretching them out) I would struggle for a few minutes before simply looking up how to do it on Google, which never failed me.
The image turned out alright in my opinion. I thought my combination was an interesting concept I just don’t think I executed it very well: it looks a little bit off to me. I think most of this “offness” is due to the images I picked; the pixels for the pepper are much more crisp while the background of the scissors is blurry. I think the final image conveys a flawed, yet imaginative image nonetheless.
I chose the two images I combined because I originally wanted to do something with birds turning into dinosaurs because they share a common ancestry. At first, I was thinking about maybe combining a bird claw with a dinosaur hand, but that didn’t seem like it would follow the same style as Atlanta artist Stephen Mcmennamy’s “combophotos.” But I was still motivated to include hands or claws in my combophoto. So I thought to myself: What creature has really defined claws? A lobster came straight to my mind. And how cool would it be to have a claw coming out of a human hand? I searched for images for human arms and lobster claws on Flickr and I ended up finding two that fit well together. Some challenges I faced as I created my combophoto were figuring out how to morph the two images together using Photoshop. I am very new to this software, so it took many tries and lots of experimentation to finally get the two images perfectly lined up. Another challenge that I ultimately was unable to resolve was that the backgrounds of the two images are not very similar to each other, so the images do not transfer seamlessly into each other. Perhaps I can find a way to isolate one of the images and add in my own background so the images flow together better. I think my final image conveys the potential violence each person has. The original photo of the arm had a delicate, soft hand at the end of it: A hand that looked capable of no harm. However, my combophoto surprises the viewer by showing a hand that is sharp and known to hurt others. Through my combophoto, I aim to portray the potential of violence each of us has within. But it’s up to each and every individual to choose if they wish to unleash it.
The way that I chose the two photos came from thinking about what two things go together. I began with simple things but they all seemed too boring. Combining species was a weird and funny thought that came to mind. I decided to combine a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a chicken due to the chicken being the closest relative to the dinosaur. Creating the combophoto was challenging in the sense that I had to find a free picture of a T-rex and chicken that were facing the same way for the most part. I also had a difficult time shaping the chickens head to fit on the body of the T-rex. This was a tool I had never used before. The final image conveys a combination of relatives for a glimpse of what evolution could have created if worldly events happened differently.
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day.”
— Albert Einstein, 1955
Some of the people I look up to the most are grown-up babies. Well, every adult is, but these people’s character is the physical manifestation of the same thing found on a cat’s autopsy notes. I wanted to represent true intelligence as a product of curiosity and drive through a culturally recognizable image. Einstein’s famous tongue-out picture is one of the more relevant images of genius while ice cream is associated with youth. Through merging the photos, the intense relationship between curiosity and success is suggested.
As I created my combo-photo, I difficult challenges were two-fold. First, the image of Einstein was only available in black an white and the colorized versions looked terrible. Consequently, I had to figure out a way to alter a second photo to be monochrome. I achieved this through the mac’s photo editor where you can copy and image in Greyscale (mac version of black and white). Second, Einstein’s tongue is uniquely contorted and finding a child attacking an ice cream cone at a 19.55 degree angle was time consuming.
By Rachel Vellanikaran
Personally, I am sick and tired of these cold, wet winter days. I need the Atlanta sunshine and warm weather. My absolute favorite time of year is that gradual transition from winter to spring — flowers beginning to blossom, birds perpetually chirping and chattering, and the bare, lifeless trees returning to their lush, vibrant green. So I chose to represent this transition period in my combophoto by creating a split image of a leafless, frosted tree of the winter and a beautiful cherry blossom tree typical of the spring.
It was initially challenging figuring out which images to combine, but once I got the idea, I had my image in mind. Unfortunately, it was difficult to seamlessly combine these two pictures on PicMonkey– which I certainly did not succeed at doing. But I believe the idea, itself is pretty apparent in the image, which is all that really matters…
The keys to creating a combination of pictures like this are shape and color alignment. When brainstorming about potential combinations, I realized I’d just need to think of two things which are shaped similarly, and also have the same color. But, after a few minutes of deliberation, I realized this is much easier said than done. After pushing my weak creative mind for a while, I realized that humans and microphones share both of the attributes I was looking for, and the combination could convey an interesting message. Firstly, we’re working with podcasts in class and I thought this could maybe be some sort of cover picture for our site (like below our title or something). Also, I think this picture represents the fact that everyone in our society shapes it by speaking their mind/thoughts. In this day and age, one of the biggest influences on people’s thoughts is the news. Whether it’s on television or in the newspaper, people listen to other’s thoughts to help craft their own. Our society, at the end of the day, especially as a democracy, is governed by people’s thoughts and “voices.”
About a week ago, I was binge-listening the 99% invisible podcast and came across an episode where they covered the architecture of the Guggenheim Museum. They described its white curves and spirals as another masterpiece by Frank Lloyd Wright and when I looked it up, I couldn’t help to think that it kinda looked like half an egg.
Coming up with an idea for this assignment was the easy part. The curves of both an egg and the Guggenheim were more difficult to crop together than I would like to admit. As someone who doesn’t own photoshop or has picture editing experience, I fumbled with how to make my idea appear on the screen. After spending an embarrassingly long amount of time trying to get the to curved shapes to fit together, I downloaded a shady editing software and watched a tutorial so I could clip out the museum itself. After several layers of background colors and duplicates of images, I now present to you the masterpiece that I dub, “The Eggenheim.” I’m more proud of that name than I probably should be but that tangle of poorly cut images and mismatched colors is my digital baby now.
Below are the original images
I paired an image of my friend Zack with a pom pom ball as hair. I created this combination of images because they were both conveniently in the coffee shop I am doing this assignment in. I sat and stared at my surroundings for a few minutes. I could feel the wheels turning inside my brain as I actively looked for items to pair together. It was challenging to find two items that attached together and flowed in some way. I looked up and saw my friend’s straight hairline. I realized it would be fun to put something coming out the top of his head. Now his hair has become the puff ball that sits at the top of my beanie.
So, if you asked me how I liked this task… I would say I didn’t. I don’t think that this task of creating a combophoto is a horrible one, but I would say that the idea of thinking of two completely different things and fitting them into a similar graphical/physical agenda posed as a real challenge. I don’t know if I felt dumber thinking about how I was going to possibly photoshop two very different things together or how the two different things that I chose would fit together and make sense. So, there I was… in the ESC trying to figure out what two things I would decide to do. And, there was my friend Autumn sitting there with a beautiful puffy fro. YEP! That was idea number one. But then, I pondered about what would go right with a fro. I literally looked up and saw some clouds. BOOM! Idea number 2 was in the works. I’d figured I’d add some pink in the clouds to give the pick some “flavor”.
So yes, my combophoto is representative of a fabulous black woman who’s hair is made out of beautiful clouds. After struggling to figure out what two photos I would jam together, I actually grew to love my first photoshopped picture. Maybe you’ll like the picture, too?