Category Archives: high school basketball

Photomerge…

Can’t back up enough to catch the entire image? Photomerge is your friend.

Line up the left side – click – hold level and move right with at least 25 per cent overlap – click.

In Photoshop CC 2017: file automatephotomerge – browse and select your images – check blend images together – I also checked perspective and content aware fill transparent areas – click O.K.

This gave me the background images. I then used select select and mask to bring in the foreground subject.

Finished it off with Topaz edits and some lightning using Photoshop brushes I found free (Brusheezy!?).

BOOM!! GO LANCERS!

 

 

Once a Wildcat…

The school is now closed and will no longer hold the cheers of a crowd, squeak of basketball shoes on the shiny, waxed floor, whistle of the refs and buzz of the clock. I close my eyes and these sounds and memories flood back to me as though it was just yesterday. Luckily, the passing of time means the memory filter allows only good vibes to flow through as I bid a final farewell to my last opportunity to click  the shutter of my camera within these walls.
Image and edits by Joyce Meyer

Nostalgia was the theme of the day for me on August 15, 2017. For 26 years I drove this route from early August until the end of May as I prepared and taught a new group of students each year at Grant-Deuel School located in Revillo, South Dakota.

Cheer, cheer for GDHS!

Wake up the echoes cheering their best,

Send the loyal cheers on high,

Shake down the thunder from the sky,

What though the odds be great or small,

The blue and white will win over all,

While our loyal sons are marching forward to victory, Fight!

Blessed be the memory…

Never Give Up

Blended composite by Joyce Meyer

…because life isn’t always easy.

Lightning & Smoke

I’m not fond of drama in real life but I do love a dramatic blended image… and high school sports.

Tried to make my own lightning at first, but decided that was too time consuming. Googled smoke and lightning brushes and downloaded some free brushes, installed them in Photoshop CC 2015. BOOMmuch easier.

Every image can use improvement and I think an action image would be a good candidate for a blend using these brushes.

Next time…

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Go Lancers!

Foreground image was taken in the studio  with accent lights on both sides of the face and one light to camera right. Background looked too dull and I wanted to “jazz it up” . Many hours of blood sweat and tears take place on and off the court so decided to try blending the subject with a background photo of the gym.  Still too blah…  

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I tried a haze in the background, but not enough texture for me. What to do, what to do?   Found some free smoke brushes and played around? Here is the link to the free brushes found at a site called ucreative.com. (Click on link) Made a transparency layer to apply the smoke to the background, erasing if necessary and another transparency layer on top of the image.  Go Lancers!

Take it to the limit…

Believe in yourself… push your limits

Brandenburger-8874rwebcr Brandenburger-8870r4webcrImages lit with two backlights ( Alien Bee and the other just a small slave) to accent hair and muscle tone with one large Alien Bee softbox in front to the right of camera.

 

Outdoor portrait: Sun plus external speed light

Slaba-9806hfm20pl20dmvbgcrImage lit with sun plus an external Canon 580 EX 2 speed light positioned behind subject to define muscles. I believe this may lend itself to a faded blend with another image… Hmmm?