I felt really intimidated by this assignment at first. I’m not so good at photo or video editing software so while I was glad to get a little practice I was worried this assignment would take me a long time. I used the Pixlr editor and after a few YouTube videos I had the hang of it. The best trick I found was to open each image as an individual item in Pixlr, and then paste them all together.
I felt inspired by this week’s blooming of the Cherry Blossoms. The base layer image here was taken last year on my iPhone while on a sunrise run down at the tidal basin.
The second image I used was from that same run – a shot of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial from across the way. It had this really beautiful glow as the sun was coming up. Surely old, TJ could use a new view! I decided to see what it looked like floating in the basin so I pasted it in on top of the first image. I used the lasso tool to select the memorial from the image, then I copy/pasted it onto the tidal basin layer. I then used the eraser tool to clean up any rough edges.
The last photo I used is of the “Welcome to North Carolina” sign, found off of Hwy. 85 on the border of North Carolina and Virginia. It’s my home state and I love get ridiculously excited whenever I see this sign. I wanted to show a little state pride! I think Thomas Jefferson would appreciate the NC State flag waving from his memorial in the middle of the tidal basin….right? This photo was taken on my daughter’s first trip down to North Carolina back in November. I used the same process here to lift the flag from the sign as I did for the above image.
And the final result – kinda neat 🙂 Thomas Jefferson has a new view from across the tidal basin and he gets to show the world how much he loves North Carolina!