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How Did I Do It

Paul Wear

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August 17th, 2013 - 10:36 AM

How Did I Do It

I almost didn’t shoot this picture it was horribly lit, the wall was ugly and there was coffee cup lying on the ground. In the days of film I definitely wouldn’t have taken it just because of the lighting. However I was really intrigued by the composition so I clicked few images and then the work began.
I created a total of 8 layers by cutting masks for the bike rack, the tire, the spokes, chrome parts, the green fork, the cables coming off the handle bar and the brake handle.
I have a folder of different backgrounds that I’ve shot over the years, after trying a few in this image I settled on this black brick wall.
Next I worked on giving the bike rack some pazazz by playing with the color and giving it some shape. I achieved the roundness using the Bevel & Emboss and Contour tools which also enabled me to give a direction of light to the image. I used the same technique on the green fork to give it some shape and a direction of light.
I wanted to give the spokes a little more definition and contrast by making them a neutral grey. The other layers were just minor color and brightness changes.
There was a time where if the lighting wasn’t perfect I wouldn’t click the shutter, now I never pass up a great composition.

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