COMPOSITE PHOTOGRAPHY

Tom Irwin in abandoned factory

Composite photography is using software to extracting parts of an image from one or more photos to be combined with a background from another photo.   The results can be as interesting as your creativity allows.  The image above is a photo of me taken in Laguna Beach combined with an abandoned factory.  Following are a few more examples from my initial attempts at this craft.

The first example below shows the upper body of David shot against a blank wall and placed in what appears to be a rundown abandoned building.  Click on any of the images for a closer look.

Castle Beach Photography Composite Image

The second example is a shot of a tunnel at Oak Mountain Winery in Temecula combined with an image of myself taken in the back yard.

Tom Irwin Black Mountain Winery Tunnel

The final example shows the same studio self portrait placed against two different backgrounds.  The first background is an out of focus shot of Huntington Beach and the second is a tunnel under the train tracks at the Avery Train Station in Laguna Niguel.

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Tom Irwin – composite image

Tom Irwin - Avery Station Train Tunnel

I have been collecting unique backgrounds for some time and with the new studio lighting setup I’m hoping to develop this technique further.

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WHAT TO WATCH ON TV

House of Cards

An alternative to thumbing through endless no-name movies on NETFLIX or AMAZON PRIME is finding a great multiyear series to keep your viewing appetite fulfilled.  While different shows appeal to personal interests here are my favorites you might enjoy.

NFL Football

NFL Football is the best game in town but between now and September here are three others to consider:

Sopranos

My absolute all time favorite is THE SOPRANOS.  Perhaps growing up in Northern New Jersey added to the show’s attraction to me because everything about the people, places and dialog was a bigger than life, over the top rendition of what I recall having experienced growing up in the Garden State.  David Chase’s orchestration of script, characters and direction took TV entertainment to the highest level ever.

The show is about the life of a neurotic mob boss and his struggles with family, business, friends and enemies.  But it’s the amazing caricatures that amplify both the drama and the levity the show delivers.   The Sopranos exudes both dark, dramatic, intensity and laugh your ass off black humor hilarity.

With six seasons and 86 shows the Sopranos are sure to keep you TV schedule filled for about a year and a half.  Available free with Amazon Prime.

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HOUSE OF CARDS is my most recent find and by episode three I was hooked.  This is an extremely intense political drama with a cast of Machiavellian characters with ruthless ambitions not unlike some of our real life politicians.  The characters, dialog and script are first rate.  The only caveat is that they introduce a lot of characters quickly that initially required I have a list at hand to understand who was doing what to whom.  Three seasons and 39 episodes available free with Netflix.

24 Jack Bauer

For a pure adrenalin rush nothing equals being launched into every new episode of 24.  Each show hurls the viewer into the action with the intensity similar to being catapult launched by California Screamin’ at Disney’s California Adventure.  Jack Bauer, All American Boy with a dark side takes on evil both abroad and within our own government.  Nine seasons and 205 shows are available free with Amazon Prime.

If you have your own must-watch shows please share.

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NEW FORD FOCUS FOR MARK IRWIN, OC’S MOST CONGENIAL BOXING INSTRUCTOR

MARK IRWIN'S NEW FORD FUSION CAPISTRANO FORD-

My son Mark & I just finished waxing the 2012 Ford Focus he purchased this week from Tuttle-Click Capistrano Ford.  He is a very happy guy as this is a BIG step up from his aging Hyundai Elantra.  His new ride, with low miles, a Ford Certified 70,000 Mile Warranty and tons of features is sure to put the FUN back in driving.

The professional sales team at Capistrano Ford did a terrific job with the car, price and financing that put Mark in the driver’s seat.  Thank you Justin Carlton and Thomas Dunlap at Ford.  You GUYS made for an amazingly seamless and satisfying purchase experience!

FOR A NEW RIDE TRY JUSTIN CARLTON & THOMAS DUNLAP AT CAPISTRANO FORD

Mark’s Focus has navigation visible on a big eight inch screen and music syncs to his iPhone and plays through a top-of-the-line 10 speaker, 360 watt audiophile system that rocks with a ten inch subwoofer.

YOUR 2015 FITNESS PROGRAM–  Mark is a Kinesiology Major and a Boxing Instructor at UFC Gym in Aliso Viejo.  Boxing is a popular path to great cardio, reflexes and confidence and Mark is a terrific coach.  If you are six to sixty, male or female, boxing may be the sport to get your 2015 fitness goals moving.

FOR GREAT CARDIO, REFLEXES AND CONFIDENCE TRY BOXING WITH MARK IRWIN AT UFC GYM

For a complimentary pass to find out if boxing is for you text Mark Irwin, (949) 505-2930,  or ask him at UFC Gym (949) 362-5269.

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LOOKING FOR FRIENDS WHO’D LIKE TO BE COMPOSITE PHOTOGRAPHY MODELS

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THE JOEL GRIMES LOOK

Composite grunge photography, especially images related to sports, music or action lend themselves to what is known as the “Joel Grimes” look.  Joel is a well known SoCal photographer who photographs athletes, musicians and ordinary people in his Pasadena studio or on location and pastes their image into an artistic, desaturated, often gritty but creative urban or sports related background.

YOU DON’T NEED TO BE A YOUNG ATHLETE OR MODEL TO LOOK GREAT

If you’re into swimming, play an instrument, sing, have a motor cycle, boxing gloves, pump iron, have great tats, like to pose sassy or with swagger or do anything physical and would like to try your hand as the subject in a grunge composite photo shoot let’s get together.  These are not on location shoots.  The subject (you) is  photographed in front of a blank wall or my portable white background that can be set up anyplace we agree on.  The subject is lit by left and right grid soft boxes from just behind and one center light above the camera.    Software is used to place your image in an imaginative setting that could be anything from a dilapidated factory to a football field.  The final look is created by Photoshop edits.

IF YOU’D LIKE YOUR IMAGE IN A CREATIVE COMPOSITE IMAGE GET IN TOUCH!

My goal is to practice and gain a level of perfection with this style of imagery.  This is for fun and no charge to you.  Worst case you get a few bad photos and best case you get an amazing poster size rendition of you in your best wild side environment.

tom@castlebeachphotography.com  949 310-4246

Following are samples of Joel Grimes’ images that I’d like to try to replicate in some fashion.

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THE SOCAL SUMMER THAT WON’T END

Endless Summer 2014

Technically the Summer of 2014 ended on September 22, signaling a transition to Autumn. Halloween is now in the rear view mirror and our East Coast and Midwest friends have had frost on their pumpkins along with a snowstorm or two.  But here in California we are experiencing the year of the Endless Summer with warm weather and ocean temperatures that have not dipped below 70 degrees since last spring!

OCEAN TEMPERATURES HAVE NOT DIPPED BELOW 70 DEGREES SINCE LAST SPRING

Check out the beach and you’d think we’re in Hawaii with all the swimmers & body boarders. I think we owe it to El Nino but regardless I am enjoying this very unusual extended summer of 2014.

Photos below were taken in The OC in early November, 2014.

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Pizza place across from the beach in San Clemente.

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Cheap-O Underwater Camera Housing

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UNDERWATER PHOTOS & VIDEO

Wanted to take a few photos in the ocean and found this Dicapac waterproof camera case on Amazon.  It’s effectively a heavy duty baggie with a fold-up & Velcro seal.  While not exactly professional in design 555 Amazon reviewers gave it a solid 4.5 Star rating.  Not bad unless you are one of the handful whose case leaked.

They make these designed to fit virtually every camera on the market including expensive DSLR’s.  Not willing to get one for my good camera I ordered this for my red Nikon Point & Shoot.  Guaranteed to be waterproof to 16 feet.  Since that’s about 13 feet more than I’m planning to go this should be ok.  If this works maybe I’ll check out the GoPro.

If I get any good pics or video I’ll post them.  If no photos show up more than likely either mine leaked or a big wave grabbed it!

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CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL TRIBUTE TONIGHT

CREEDENCE RELIVED

CREEDENCE RELIVED 6 pm, San Juan Capistrano, Historic Town Center Park.   FREE concert, food and drink for sale but ok to bring your own food & drink.  Big dance floor, great music, mellow crowd and EZ parking in large lot behind O’Reilly’s Auto Parts on  Del Obispo.

Show up early and check out the Los Rios District across the tracks at the picturesque train station.  The train station area has several new restaurants and two new wineries.  After the concert check out Karaoke Night at the most amazing dive bar west of the Hudson River- The Swallows Inn.

San Juan Summer Nights Free Concert Schedule link below:

SJSN Flyer 2014

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