Hi friends. I started work on the thumbnails but found myself wanting to create a few background dioramas for Takashima. I collected my Seattle photos into 1 folder to take stock then created the following backgrounds in Photoshop.

Takashima will clearly be set in Seattle. I haven’t yet identified the building that will stand in for the Takashima Archology but I have time.

These were pretty simple compositions, just a few layers. My main interest in this exercise was to see how the Filter Gallery Glowing Edges lends itself as a nighttime overlay of the composited image. The extraction portion of the story will be set at night, because it’s, you know, clandestine.

Overall, I like the glowing edges look. And I like the composited images; however, I need to keep in mind that I’ll have to tone down my propensity for dense imagery, particularly during character conversations or thought bubbles.

At any rate, here are my three test background diaramas.

“Lake Union Alley” is a composite of the back of the former Open Circle Theater and the reverse shot of Seneca that is seen in the second image, “Seneca at Sunset.” “Fifth Avenue” is also a composite of a photo taken on 5th Avenue below the Monorail, near the Cinema and a shot I took out of the office window on 6th and University from the 6th floor at sunrise.

“Lake Union Alley”
“Seneca at Sunset”
“Fifth Avenue”

I’d say these are moderately successful but all the images used in these canvases were taken with my phone to capture interesting light.

One feature of all the images is to duplicate one of the layers then apply a steep vertical motion blur (250-300 pixels). When combined with one of my grungy papers, the effect simulates rain nicely and works particularly well in “Fifth Avenue.”

When I set shoot Seattle for the story, I’ll use my Canon Rebel, tripod and monitor my histograms. At this point, I’m thinking I will need to take day and night shots of my locations so I have the option to create a day for night look or use actual night shots.