This joiner is a step away from the norm for me for two reasons:
1. It’s the first joiner I’ve done where I’ve used a different look/effect.
2. I took the photos on my phone!
The story behind this joiner is:
I have a dog, let’s call him Sam (actually that’s his name.. :), who I take a walk twice a day, once in the early morning and again in the afternoon.
On this particular morning walk it was very cold with a very heavy frost covering everything.
To get to the park where Sam has a run around I walk alongside some allotments, something I’ve done every day for the past 4 years, however on this particular morning I was struck by how amazing the scene looked with the sun streaming through the trees at the back of the allotments.
I stood admiring the view when the thought struck me what a great joiner this would have made if only I’d had my camera with me.
It was then the idea to take the photos on my phone struck me, which surprisingly I’d taken with me, not something I normally do.
My phone is an HTC Desire HD which has an 8 megapixel camera, so ramping the photo quality to it’s highest I clicked away and took all the photos hoping for the best.
Looking at the photos on my iMac I’m actually very impressed with the quality of the photos, there’s a depth and clarity to the photos I really wasn’t expecting. The depth of field is a little shallower than I’d have liked, but considering this is all on my phone I’m actually very pleased.
It’s a bit of a risk to change my ‘style’, I guess I’ve not really changed my style I’m just looking to creatively get the most out of this joiner.
This is going to be the first of three joiners of the same scene, each bearing a different ‘style’.
I expect each joiner will look slightly different as I’m not just adding the affect to the finished article, but to each individual photo before I create the joiner.
Putting this joiner together was quite a challenge as the effect I chose added a vignette which makes matching one photo against another a little more tricky than normal, but it was worth it as I love it!
I love how the ‘look’ complements the scene of old gates and agricultural equipment and particularly the frost; I find frost accentuates the lines and the form of the scene.
This is going to sound weird, but I love these allotments!
I see them all through the year in different states of growth and development.
I see the people, old and young, who toil away digging, pruning and doing whatever else it is you do on allotments.
And as the year progresses I see produced the fruit of their labours, and then as winter arrives the whole scene kind of goes to sleep and rests.
This place has always intrigued me, I find it so interesting just looking, there’s so much to see if you only ‘one’ takes the time to look (I guess that could be a metaphor for many, many things in life), this is why I think these allotments make an excellent joiner subject.
I hope you’ll forgive me for straying away from my normal style, but creativity knows no bounds… :)
Oh, and the song? I’m going to write a more in-depth blog post about the music I choose, but this was one of the tracks iTunes threw up in it’s ‘shuffle’ while I was putting the joiner together, and in some way I suppose it influenced the end product, njoy!
To view this joiner at it’s best, do the following
– Plug in headphones
– Hit the play button on the audio player below
– On the zoom.it window below click the icon in the bottom right hand corner (a square with a diagonal line through it)
– Sit back and enjoy the joiner as it was meant to be enjoyed!
Dimensions: 4.4m wide by 2.9m high (14.7ft x 7.6ft)
Photos used: 36
Song inspiration: Alanis Morissette, The Couch