Movies like The Lord of the Rings make my imagination do somersaults. Today’s photo composite is inspired by the Gate of Kings (Argonath) scene where two enormous stone statues carved from steep canyon walls stand in defiance to the enemies of Gondor. To create my Argonath-esque composite, I blended an image of Iceland’s towering Skógafoss waterfall with a photo of a gargoyle who watches over my real-world garden. Photoshop’s masks and blend modes made it possible to fuse the elements together into a seamless (hopefully captivating) composite.


About The Author

Adobe Photoshop Luminary

Mark S. Johnson is an Adobe Photoshop luminary, a photographer, an author, and one of the most passionate instructors you will ever encounter. Through the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, The Radiant Vista, and Boulder Digital Arts, he has lectured in front of and worked side-by-side with countless individuals, including Adobe’s Chief Executive Officers, Jane Goodall, the U.S. Ambassador to Finland, and Academy Award winning director, Louie Psihoyos. Mark’s tutorials appear regularly on the KelbyOne and Planet Photoshop websites, and his imagery and articles have been featured in Photoshop User, Photo Techniques, Nature’s Best, and After Capture magazines. He is a contributor to Dewitt Jones’ heartwarming Healing Images campaign and a Trey Ratcliff Flatbooks author.