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Old Flame

An Old Flame

To make this image I photographed a burning candle in a dark room. Using the smudge tool in Photoshop, I pushed the flame around to make the female image and limb-like structures. I had to vary the size and texture of the smudge tool to get the outcome I was looking for.

whirling Tree

Whirling Trees

To make this image I photographed some fallen trees in the woods. In Photoshop I Selected various parts of the photo to define the areas that I wanted to be static. Reversing the selection I applied the Radial Blur tool to get the twirling sensation.


Night Scene Chaos

Night Scene Chaos

The basis of this image is one long-exposure of night traffic in Worthington, Ohio. The image is replicated three times and layered on one another. Each layer is slightly turned on a centered axis with the opacity set to 50%. The final layer is simple filled with blue and with the Blending mode changed to multiply.

Full of Hot Air

Full of Hot Air

This photo was taken at the Ohio Balloon Festival. I held the camera at a angle and made the picture as the balloon was filling with hot air. Using a sketching filter, I managed to get the image to look like a colored-pencil drawing.


Daphne

Daphne Re-visited

For the story behind this picture see the discription above. After combining the three images I replicated the result to a new layer in Photoshop. Using the canvas tool I made the image big enough to place the images side-by-side. Then, the image on the left was flipped to face the one on the right. Merging these layers together, I then copied them and made four layers. Using the tools in Photoshop I folded the bottom lower left corner to suggest the passing of time, as Daphne was transformed into a tree forever.

Red Flower

Red Flower

This photo is a close-up of a flower I found growing in a field. Using the Stylize tool in Photoshop, I was able to transform it into another worldly botanical specimen. Actually, my daughter is an author of fantasy books. She asks me to come up with some ideas that depict the worlds she creates. These are only prototypes.


Dimension

Door to Another Dimension

To get this look I made an photograph of a hallway. It was a simple matter of selecting the door in Photoshop, reversing the selection and then applying the Blur filter.

True Love

True Love

Photograph of two young lovers made at another wedding I was hired to do. The wedding was performed outside on a cold day. Hence, the coats. The area these photos were made was not conducive to giving the best backgrounds. But this image stood out as the two embraced after the ceremony. To eliminate the cars and buildings in the background, I selected the Bride and Groom to separate them from the rest of the image and then applied the Radial Blur tool to the background. I tried to center the blur so as to emphasize the day belonging to them.


Candy

Fantastical Candy

I photographed hard candy in my studio. Using a light-tight room, I illuminated the candy using a pen light from held above. Setting the camera to Bulb, I opened the shutter for 30 seconds to exposure the scene. I then applied the "cartoon" filters to give it the Fantastical look.


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