Camera: Sony DSC-W55
Shutter Speed: 2 seconds
Focal Length: 18.9mm
Light: Aircraft lights
When I began this project I was really not sure what I wanted to do. I knew that I wanted to experiment in Photoshop with taking something out of another picture and placing it within my own but I couldn’t really come up with a good theme. After brainstorming through several ideas I decided that I wanted to do something aviation related and I thought that I could do something with UFO’s.
UFO’s are most certainly a mysterious phenomenon and a large percentage of pilots have witnessed sightings in their careers that they could not explain. In addition aviation fits well with this subject because many of the UFO sightings by the general public simply turn out to be aircraft. After having been around aviation I can certainly see how people’s minds would play tricks on them. Aircraft have an abundance of different lights and when maneuvering there are times when you don’t quite know exactly what you are looking at. That gave me the idea that maybe I could use the lights from an airplane somehow in conjunction with a UFO cut out of another picture.
After several failed attempts to capture aircraft lights for the night photography project I had a great idea. While these shots did not make great images for the low light project I could use them for my UFO photograph. I decided to cut a UFO out of a picture found on the internet and past it in such a way that it looked as if the lights in the photograph were from the UFO. I first found a picture of light trails that I thought would work the best. I then found a picture of a UFO that I liked and cut it out using the magnetic lasso tool. I then pasted the UFO into the photo and drug it into position. It still did not look quite right so I rotated the UFO until the lights lined up more realistically on the spacecraft. I also used the clone to get rid of some of the extra lights that were not needed in the photo.
I had a lot of fun trying to manipulate this photo and make it look as real as possible. This project made me really think about how we must question everything that we see. We must remember that even though we may have seen something, someone else or even our own eyes may be playing tricks on us.