Wait, there is one more thing to add to the list of unknown fact about me that I forget to mention. Amazing, it’s the most enjoyable hobby I have after photography:
7. I enjoy using GIMP to manipulate my photographs.
So much so that when I found this photograph on @Rant’s flickr gallery, I spent an hour of my morning manipulating it into something much more scarier.
It only took three layers.
The base layer with the sky and ocean was procured from a free-wallpaper site and cropped massively to take out only what I wanted. You can see how the clouds are horizontally mirrored.
This took the most time. I painstakingly lasso‘d all around the edges of the crocodile. I feathered the edges (5.000). I applied a layer-mask that made the background transparent. Then I went through all the filter options to see how I could bring out the colour of the ocean into the crocodile.
This was a duplicate of Layer 2 used purely to give back some texture to Layer 2. With the use of ‘curves‘, I darkened it slightly.
Then I merged it all together. Got it one take. Not bad even if I say so myself.