For this week I was wondering what to do, I guess that you could say I hit a creative slump. Then last night I was scanning through some recent shots from the Brian Boru Millennium Festival, when this image caught my eye. Now it was by no means a spectacular shot, just a Viking sitting in his tent looking up at his spear. But it got my brain working. With the recent Battle of Clontarf celebrations and The Vikings on the History Channel being one of my favorite TV series, I wanted to make this simple and rather boring image stand out. So I found a nice stock background image to help me achieve this.
Unlike most of my re-worked images this took a little more time to complete, both images were opened in CS6. The Viking was cut out using the selection tool. Then I used some Gaussian blur on the background image to give some DOF to the final image. Both images were converted to B/W seperatley as I did not like the first result when both parts where converted together. Once both images were merged and the Viking was positioned correctly, I cropped the image to remove unnecessary space in the shot. I think this worked out quite well, and would love to hear your feedback, all critique and comments are welcome and appreciated.