Selected photosTravel and Family Photos
As with most assignments, I tried several approaches before settling on the final one. I was inspired by Duane Michels' planning a narrative and photographing the story.
Since we have preemptively self-quarantined in March Lynne has prepared every lunch and dinner. Except for special meals we have eaten on trays while watching streaming on our TV. On December 1 Lynne dry-fried naan from scratch and fixed shrimp curried with individual spices over rice with a cucumber/corn/tomato salad. We watched Expedition Happiness on Netflix. My narrative was to show the sequence of my tray as the meal progressed.
I photographed my tray with my smart phone at stages of the meal. I selected nine images and straightened them in Camera Raw. I imported the images as layers in Photoshop, converted the layers to Smart Objects, and rough-sized and placed them in a 3x3 grid. I picked a size for each image and margins all around the images and the grid. I resized the canvas to fit. I used Transform to tweak the size of each image and positioned it in the grid. I added a white background layer. I duplicated the file, flattened it, and saved as jpeg quality 12. I used Bridge and camera raw to adjust highlights and contrast and exported as jpeg 9 for submittal.