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Orchid Montage

Friday, February 17th, 2012

At the beginning of last year, one of my goals was to explore multi-image montages. Since then, I’ve had a lot of fun experimenting with various techniques, and I’ve created several images that I like. Some of my favorites are botanicals with added textures such as clouds, frost, and rust. I think that the textures add a sense of depth to the image as well as a tactile feeling. I also find that the most successful of these images are very evocative. This one takes me to a calm, quiet place. It’s an orchid from the current exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens combined with a photo of frost on one of our windows.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day! May your day be filled with reflections of beauty and love.

These hearts were made by reflecting a photograph of a vintage Jaguar grille 8 times using one of my kaleidoscope templates.

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Kaleidoscopes Revisited

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

The response to my kaleidoscope botanicals posts (Kaleidoscope Botanicals and More Kaleidoscope Botanicals) has been amazing. Of course, it is possible to create kaleidoscopic images from more than flowers. This one was made by reflecting a segment of the image below 12 times. It’s a photo of rocks on Ruby Beach in Olympic NP. I like the original photograph – it was one of my favorites from 2010 – but using it as the basis for a kaleidoscopic image takes it to a whole new level.

A number of people who have seen these images have expressed interest in making their own kaleidoscopes. As a result, I have made the templates for these kaleidoscopic images available for download. If you are interested in making your own kaleidoscopic images, go to the Downloads page where you will also find instructions for using the templates. To see how to use the templates, watch Mark Johnson’s Photoshop Workbench Number 288: “The Lloyd Williams Kaleidoscope” which features my templates.

For more on the construction of the kaleidoscope templates, see Corey Barker’s NAPP tutorial (requires NAPP membership) or Mark Johnson’s Simulating a Kaleidoscope Photoshop Workbench.

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