Shoshone Elder: (click the image to see it much larger!) Taken with a Nikon D300 and Nikon 24-70mm lens
The image on the left appeared full page in Cowboys and Indians Magazine several years ago. Recently, I started with that image and took it to a whole new place and look. I extracted the figure from the background by creating a selection in one of the channels. The figure was modified with a few artistic techniques, then layered with several textures. The background consists of a photo of a buffalo hide (almost invisible), some long brain tanned leather fringe, and a woven basket. I added a strip of beadwork along the left side.
John Pingree allowed me to do a photo shoot of him on his property at Fort Washakie in NW Wyoming back in 2010.
I accidentally flattened both of the original files. Huge bummer! The culprit was the alpha channel I used to help extract the figure. You can’t save a JPG with an alpha channel, so when I thought I was saving a flattened JPG, it actually saved the flattened PSD file.