“It was on my fifth birthday that Papa put his hand on my shoulder and said, ‘Remember, my son, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.’ “
–Sam Levenson

Five helping hands (all my own) holding an empty wooden picture frame with yours truly standing behind the dusty glass.   I wanted to create something, framing the subject both figuratively (the camera) and literally (the wooden frame).  I thought, “why not frame the framer?”   Hmmm, I guess that makes me the frame-er and the frame-ee!

Framed II - Helping Hands

Framed II – Helping Hands

Shot in my office on the usual blue paint splotched canvas background, I used four frames for this comp.
Framed II A

With liberal use of Topaz ReMask to cut out my hands and the picture frame, the frames were place on a slightly textured background.  If you ever have a need to create masks or alpha channels or if you’ve ever wanted to isolate an object in your scene, you REALLY need to get ReMask.
Framed II- B

The original goal was for the finished image to be in color, but after playing around a bit, the black and white version had more impact.
Framed II- CFramed II- D








Finally, I ran the image through Topaz Glow and two passes through Topaz Impression.

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