This composite was created using two separate images, one aerial photograph taken from the top of the Shard in London, and the other an image taken in the studio of a model’s hand.
Each image was converted to black and white, with the contrast and clarity sliders way up. Contrast is very important when creating a ‘double exposure’ image.
I played with the scale of each image in Photoshop, and decided that the fingers on the hand competed too much with the steel and glass in the London image, and enlarged it considerably (thank god for RAW resolution!) so that just the city below and the reflections of the facade were visible.
After I found a composition I liked (which is very hit or miss in DEx images - so don’t be afraid to play around a LOT when making one), and created a mask over the hand image, and worked on the opacity in certain parts (like the creases in his fingers) until I found something I liked. When the image was complete, I put a gradient map over the whole thing, and called it a day.
Photography by Bex
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