THE PICTURE OF THE DAY, 4/1/2014
Monorail Black makes the turn near Test Track as it passes through Epcot’s Future World. I learned this treatment from an online tutorial which teaches how to make a frame within a frame. It is a fairly simple process but one that involves a good many steps (thank goodness for Photoshop actions).
The first is to use the shape tool to make a selection then turn it into a clipping mask. Using a stroke and drop shadow will create the white frame. I then used a hue and saturation adjustment layer to colorize the background and added a touch of radial blur to finish off the effect. It sounds complicated but it really isn’t as bad as it sounds. I think this is one of those effects that needs to be used in moderation as it will not really work for every image but I have a few in mind that I might want to try it out on.
There is something about monorails that is just “fun” to photograph, especially when you can capture the entire train in the shot. I also much prefer to have them coming from slightly above or below with a bend in the middle; to me it makes for a stronger composition. Like the treatment? Don’t like it? Have suggestions? Leave your comments below and let me know what you think!