Creative Textures

Yesterday I applied some textures to a couple of BOP (birds of prey) images. I actually liked the results and hope you do too.

Spectacled Owl Harris Hawk

Posted in Birds of Prey, texture, textures

Clone With Your Feet?

Yes, that is a strange sounding title! But when you understand that it was said by my friend Bryan Peterson, well, then you start to understand. Bryan has posted a new photo tutorial and I wanted to share it with all of you. It’s short but to the point and very worthwhile.

Click here to see the video!

Posted in photography

New Time Lapse Video

OK, so it’s about time I tried another Time Lapse. The other day I went to our local public boat ramp. I was pretty sure it would be busy because the “spots” are running and just about everybody with anything closely resembling a boat was trying to get in on the action. I was right, the place was a beehive of activity. Made for a good time lapse ‘tho!  Take a look!

Posted in photography

Sketch Effect Revisited

Three years ago today, I posted about how to create a “sketch effect”. I mentioned that there were several plugins available that would automate the process, but that if you knew how to do this manually that you would have more control over the process.
I then told you that I had been playing with some older images and I applied this “sketch effect” to an image of a stack of kayaks. The original image was taken in Provincetown, MA.
If you want to now how to do this effect, click on “tutorials” in the menu bar above, then click on “sketch effect”.  Enjoy and have fun!


Posted in art and entertainment

What is a Photo Collage?

A photo collage is a collection of pictures that are put together to make a single picture. The traditional art involved cutting pictures into pleasing shapes or trimming out specific images for placement, but digital photo manipulation opens many new possibilities, including blending images to make a seamlessly realistic picture.
A traditional collage is assembled from photos cut and pasted onto a background and often embellished with things like ribbons or trinkets. Digital collages can be assembled by hand using any basic image program or automatically assembled by a collage program. One of the most interesting modern collage types involves using hundreds of tiny, uniformly shaped pictures arranged by color to create a single striking image when viewed from a distance.
To make a memorable collage, the pictures used should be related in some way and, taken together, tell a story. Family history collages are common, depicting the various stages of a family as the children grow. Anything memorable or special might be used as the subject of a collage. To be interesting, pictures should be chosen for maximum impact and the overall effect should reflect personality and evoke a mood.
The theme of a collage is personal and pays homage to something memorable. When considering the theme of a collage, think about the overall message.
Here are some collages I have done over the years, each one can be “clicked” for a larger view.


From a New Mexico trip.

From a New Mexico trip.

From a Bermuda trip

From a Bermuda trip

A mix of florals, and one frog.

A mix of florals, and one frog.

From a Caribbean cruise

From a Caribbean cruise

A different type of collage featuring a water lily.

A different type of collage featuring a water lily.

A mix from New Mexico

A mix from New Mexico

Posted in art and entertainment, Fun Stuff, lighthouse, outdoor, photography, travel

Evolution of an Image

Yesterday I was feeling a little creative, so I let the inspiration flow. I opened up an app called “FRAX” and created this:


Then I took this purple fractal and turned it into a kaleidoscope:



Then, still looking for more, I took the kaleidoscope and “Twirled” it:



What fun! You can learn how to make kaleidoscopes and twirls too by looking at the tutorials on this website. Just look at the “menu” at the top of the page.  Enjoy!

Posted in abstract

Rare Super ‘Blood Moon’ Lunar Eclipse

On Sept. 27th, 2015, Earthlings will be treated to a skywatching event not seen since 1982. The ‘Supermoon’, which appears up to 14% larger in diameter due to its proximity to Earth, will also turn a reddish hue as a result of the Moon passing directly behind the Earth, into its shadow. Visible Sept. 27th for the Americas and Sept. 28th in Europe, Africa and western Asia.

Posted in art and entertainment, Night photography, outdoor

South Carolina Food Test

Some Californians were asked to sample some favorite South Carolina snacks, drinks, etc. Check out their reactions.

Posted in art and entertainment

The Egret and The Eel

This morning along the causeway at Huntington Beach State Park was dark and stormy. I had gone over to check out the wildlife action. Approaching storms kept action to a minimum. This afternoon after the storms moved on I went back. When I first got there, there was a Great Egret patiently watching for a late lunch. All of a sudden the Egret struck and came up with an Eel. Nice Catch! Well Mr. Eel was not going to go down the hatch so easily. It was a struggle. In fact at one point Mr. Eel had himself wrapped around the Egrets bill! But the Egret was determined and eventually had his lunch!

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Posted in bird, causeway, huntington beach, outdoor, photography


Twirling is on fire, especially if you’re a member of the Photoshop and Lightroom group on Facebook. Hundreds upon hundreds of images have been shared on social media this week featuring the techniques that create a Twirl.  Some will say that this technology has always been there and that it’s not new.  While this may be true, the trend worthiness of it certainly is, as most had never heard of it or knew how to create one.  They are addictive and super easy to do. The possibilities are limitless.

Step by Step Instructions on How To Twirl in Photoshop

1.) Open any image in Photoshop

2.) With your background layer selected, go to Filter – Pixelate – Mezzotint. Make sure your mode is set to “Medium Lines.” Press OK.

3.) With your background layer still selected, go to Filter – Blur – Radial Blur.  Amount (100) – Blur Method (zoom) – Quality (best). Press OK.

4.) Repeat step 3 as many times as you like.  I usually like to run it about 3 times.

5.) Duplicate your background layer.  Keyboard shortcut CTRL/CMD J. This will create a duplicate layer called “Layer 1″ right above your background layer.

6.) Select your background layer.  Then go to Filter – Distort – Twirl.  In the Angle number box, you want to put in a positive value number.  Let’s put in 80 for now.  Press OK. You can always try different ones the more you experiment.

7.) Select Layer 1 above your background layer.  Then go to Filter – Distort – Twirl.  In the Angle number box, you want to put in a negative value number this time.  Let’s put in -80 for now.

8.) With Layer 1 selected, we want to change the blending mode of this layer. In your layers palette, right above Layer 1, you will see the word “normal.” Click on that and it will expand a variety of choices.  Depending on the colors and exposure in your image, will depend on which blending mode works best here. Click through the various options until you find the one you like the best on your image. I like Darken, Multiply, Lighten, Exclusion and Difference modes for Twirl art. But choose what works best for you.

9.) Flatten your image. You can stop here or work on it some more.

10.) To see more advanced tips on taking what you’ve just created to the next level, watch the video directly above this step-by-step guide. Have fun!

Here are some Twirls created using the step by step methods shown above as well as some more advanced techniques. Click on any image for larger view!


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Posted in abstract, art and entertainment, Digital Art, photography