The Wizard of Oz – Dorothy and Toto Return to Kansas

The Wizard of Oz – Dorothy and Toto Return to Kansas
When I was a child, my whole family used to gather around the television to watch “The Wizard of Oz”. That was long before DVR’s and VHS tape machines, so everyone watched television programing when the network chose to air it. These days "The Wizard of Oz" still makes for a fun evening with the kids or grandkids, and you can watch whenever you want.

My composite image takes a few liberties on the original story, picking up from the time when Dorothy clicks her heels three times. Here, we find Dorothy and Toto looking back on their adventure after returning home to Kansas. A "twista" is still on the horizon, so Dorothy questions how long she’s been gone. It all seems to have been a dream, yet Dorothy has proof of her trek. She now sports a witch tattoo on her shoulder-blade and has the ruby slippers that brought her home. The crows have taken flight, so maybe that scarecrow really did work!

I wanted to make an image that people could stare at and find new intricacies with each view. I challenged myself to put in as many story related elements as possible without completely choking the scene. I also challenged myself to use at least 10 layers for the composite; I nearly doubled that number with material objects alone, and I more than tripled that when considering adjustment layers and text.

All aspects of the landscape, sky and lightning are elements from numerous photos that are mine. The tornado is an original digital painting by me. The witch tattoo is clipart. The model, the dog, the crows, the picnic basket, and the ruby slippers are all Creative Commons works that I have adapted and imported for this composite. The lightning through the clouds is actually 4 different strands of real lightning that I photographed previously; I adjusted their size, location and brightness to depict cloud-to-ground lighting and cloud-to-cloud lighting, both near and far. The girl and dog were imported from a single photo, but the basket, ruby slippers and witch tattoo had to be intricately sized, oriented, and properly layered into the image (i.e. the shoes had to be shown both in front and behind the basket handles) with shadows to provide an element of realism. In the movie, Dorothy was carrying a basket when the twister was headed for the farm, so that’s why I added it to this image. It also served the purpose of a platform to show the ruby slippers since the Creative Commons photo that I imported for this image did not include the girl’s lower legs or feet. It was difficult to make it seem like the girl from the image that I imported (Dorothy) was carrying a basket that in reality she was not.

My thanks go to all artists who posted their images via Creative Commons so I could build upon their works. The attributions, links and explanations are listed below.

For the entire composite shown here and entitled, "The Wizard of Oz – Dorothy and Toto Return to Kansas" by Gary Avey

The image of the ruby slippers is from the Creative Commons photo entitled: “The Ruby Slippers” by Christa Burns
The shoes were cut from the photo, re-sized, rotated and given new perspective, vibrancy, and subtle drop-shadows for depth perception.

The image of the crows is from the Creative Commons photo entitled: “Crows” by Mary Bailey
The crows were cut from the photo, re-sized, and given new exposure.

The picnic basket is from the Creative Commons photo entitled: “Vintage 1950s Split Oak Picnic Basket Jerywil – trustyboomer” by Wicker Paradise
The basket was cut from the photo, re-sized, rotated, and given new perspective, hue, saturation, and a subtle drop-shadow for depth perception.

The image of the girl and dog is from the Creative Commons photo entitled: “Dorothy and Toto” by James Clark
Model: Rachel Innes and her dog Bob
The female model and her dog were cut from the photo, re-sized and given new hue, and color balance.

The images are licensed as follows:

You are free to:

Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material

The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you adhere to the license terms as follows:

•Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. Place metadata on your page so that others can find the original work as well.

•Non-Commercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.

•Share-Alike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.

By encouragement on 2014-12-20 14:48:33

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