Thursday, February 11, 2010

African White Pelican (digital art)

I follow many blogs and read many newsletters and web articles like so many of us photographers. This technique caught my eye while reading one of my favorite newsletters from Artie Morris, who, in my opinion is the greatest bird photographer of all time.

This image was created using a plug-in program for Adobe Photoshop, called Fractalius. It doesn't do the complete job for you. After you apply the filter and come fairly close to what you want by adjusting the sliders, it must be brought back into Photoshop to finish up. This image probably took about 1/2 hour to complete. I like the effect, although it's not something I would be doing a lot of anytime soon.

Like most special effects, they should be used in moderation; not on every image. I'm a photojournalist by profession, so I'm more into realism than the average person. I have fun once in a while playing around with filters and special effects, but I don't think it's something I'd like to do all the time.

The second image is the original file, as you can see in order for something like this to work, it has to start with a strong image. You can't make something out of nothing.

The image was taken during a special showing by the staff of Lowrey Park Zoo. They allowed us to go behind the scenes in an area not open to the general public to make this and other shots in return for the use of some of our shots in their publications. It's a win-win situation. The staff was wonderful, telling us all about these beautiful birds as well as other birds at the zoo. It will be my pleasure to allow them to use my photos on any of their publications.
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