A tower from the Tucker County Courthouse in Parsons WV. Built in1898
Here is the finished photo
and these are the two photos I used
How I did it using photoshop
First I took img_0013 and rotated it 90 on its side (to give me more viewing area) then extended the canvas by twice on the horizontal using the bottom of the tower as a base, so I could paste the top image into the first. Then I created a new layer and pasted the second image, of the top portion of the tower to the left of the first picture and aligned them at their overlap point. Since it was shot with slightly different camera settings due to the brighter background and because it was shot with more perspective than the lower shot since I zoomed in on it, I needed to be able to adjust the second photo separately hence the need for it to be on a separate layer.
Once pasted in and aligned, I used the perspective tool in photoshop to bring it more in line with the lower section, i.e. tilt the top of the building in toward the viewer. Then I played with color, lighting and contrast settings to blend the color balance and tone of two shots to be as similar as possible, note that the lighter brick toward the top of the tower was in fact lighter in the building itself. Then I used the healing tool to get rid of the power lines.
Since the sky in the upper photo was rather bland I created another layer which I placed under the two other layers and brought in a picture of some nice clouds. Then I used the magic wand to create a selection of the dull sky areas in the top photo and cut those out, allowing the bottom photo of the clouds to show thru. By setting the top two layers to 100% opaque the clouds only show where I cut the old sky out.
I printed it on a 12 x 39 sheet, looks pretty cool if I do say so myself. I’m going to hang in on my office door at work.
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