"Triptych" Composite Image
The final image (top) is a composite created from the four photos below it. All color adjustments and initial photo editing was performed in Photoshop. Afterwards, a new 8"x10," Photoshop document was created, and each of the four photos was copied into it. This created a single photoshop file consisting of four separate image layers including, the background clouds, and three different aircraft-moon images.
The backgrounds from the three aircraft-moon images, within the new Photoshop document, were erased. Only a 2"x2" section of the aircraft-moon image remained within each layer. Each of the aircraft images were then rotated using the free transform command. The rotated images were then merged together to create a single image layer. The images were then spaced out across the page. Next, the background layer was merged together with the final aircraft-moon image layer.
The final step was to frame the image into three individuals framed sections (aka, a Triptych). To create the Triptych I downloaded, installed, and ran a sample preset file from gavinhoey.com. This preset created by photographer/trainer/blogger Gavin Hoey is a set of instructions for Photoshop. When run the preset creates the triptych layout and copies your image file into it.