Week #26 – Halfway

Is the glass half empty or half full?

Really, this is not the most difficult question to answer. If you’re in the process of drinking (or eating delicious ice cream), it’s half empty. If you are in the middle of filling the glass, it is half full. Now it’s about to get philosophical up in here.

Nobody asks whether a glass is half empty or half full when it is in the middle of being either emptied or filled. The question only arises when the glass has been sitting too long for anyone to remember which state it is in.

So, in order to avoid being too loquacious, I’ll skip right to the point.

If you’re going to sit still long enough for someone (perhaps yourself) to ask the question, you then have the ability to change the circumstances. Maybe it was being emptied when you put it in the fridge to finish later, but who’s to say that you can’t add some fresh and fabulous milk to what you’ve got in there? No one’s gonna know!

Anyway, that’s enough of that. This is a photography blog.

I love ice cream, specifically mint chocolate chip ice cream. It took a lot of willpower to stop eating it halfway through and photograph it. I quite enjoy this little montage. Photos that tell a story are great and I like a good trifecta of similar ones, like this:

The Fish Posse wm

If you want an effect similar to this, follow these steps in Photoshop (I use CS3):

  • Have all three files open and determine make sure they’re all the same proportion (length x width)
  • Go to what will be the leftmost image, select Image and then Canvas Size
  • Make sure the box is checked for Relative size change and the canvas extension color is black
  • The Anchor point will be the left middle arrow
  • Input the new width of the canvas plus an inch or two if you want the black spaces in between
    Example: if all your images are 8″ wide, your relative added width would be input as 18″ (8″ for the second image + 8″ for the third image + 1″ between the first and second image + 1″ between the second and third image)
  • Use the Move Tool to drag and drop your second and third images onto the new, larger canvas
    The rightmost image should snap into place at the rightmost edge of the canvas. The middle image should snap (more or less) into the center of the other two, leaving the black spacers equal. Use arrow keys to suit.
  • To create the outer border, go to Canvas Size again, leaving the Anchor point in the center and adding a relative width and height of 1″ each

Well, that was tedious, wasn’t it! Time to go empty a glass – cheers!

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