Blog 010. Blending Time.

Blog 010. Blending Time.

Most pictures are a moment in time, but what do you get if you blend a number of moments in one picture. Let’s take a look at how to blend time with your photos. 

To start off, be prepared to sit in one location for a while and take lots of pictures. In this example we’ll look at an image created in Chania, Crete.

Below you can see the first and last shot, which were taken exactly an hour apart, and there were 141 shots in between. 

Once back on your computer the first step is to select the best shots. The key is to find the best elements of each shot that will make up the final shot. 

In this case 4 shots were used to make up the final image. One used for the sky, one for the sea, and the other two to make up the harbour and night lights. 

Each image had basic edits in Adobe Lightroom before all of them were imported and aligned in Adobe Photoshop. Although a tripod was used it is a good idea to align the images in case the tripod or camera moved slightly on the day. 

Once in photoshop we need to blend each of the elements together. In this case I chose the 2nd image from the set to act as the base image.

The first step was to replace the sky using a mask and then colour graded the sky layer using a curves layer to enhance the mood. 

The next step was to turn the lights on in the harbour.

Once done with the blend, the harbour felt a bit soft so a high pass filter with a mask were used to sharpen things up. After that there were a few adjustment layers (curves, levels, and black and white) along with Color Efex Pro to get the final picture. 

Equipment used

  • Canon EOS 7D MK II
  • Canon 16-35 F/2.8 MK II (Now superseded by MK III)
  • Canon Remote Trigger
  • MEFoto RoadTrip Tripod