Category: My Photos

Moon Studies

Moon Studies

I used the Nikon Coolpix P900 camera to take pictures of the moon, here is an example:

August Moon

I then had the idea of using the moon as a backdrop to create some different images:

Moon Tree

The above image was created using Adobe Photoshop and Topaz Labs Impression. I wanted a soft effect on the moon as this helps remove the noise (a side effect of zooming into the moon). To create the tree, I used a brush to create the silhouette of the tree; it is all about making sure the tree is placed in the correct place; I was going to add more trees but felt one was enough.

To create the tree, I used a brush to create the silhouette of the tree; it is all about making sure the tree is placed in the correct place; I was going to add more trees but felt one was enough.

Face of the Moon

In the above image, again I used Adobe Photoshop and also Topaz Labs Impression to create the soft pastel appearance. I also used Topaz Labs ReStyle to alter the colours to the warm hues. I wanted to create an image based on the crescent shaped moon seen in various forms of media such as television, cartoons, etc. Also in some media, the moon is depicted anthropomorphically.

I wanted to create an image based on the crescent shaped moon seen in various forms of media such as television, cartoons, etc. Also in some media, the moon is depicted anthropomorphically.

I used selection techniques to create the silhouette of the face, which was placed on the moon and positioned. The end result is a crescent moon represented by a face. Indeed this is a subject I will explore further.

I hope you enjoyed looking at the images. If you would like to buy any of the images used, there are various prints available via 500px, DeviantArt and other sites, all links found under the heading Work For Sale on the right of your screen.

The Branch (2.5D Parallax)

The Branch (2.5D Parallax)

The Branch (2.5D Parallax)

The above video animation shows a 2.5D Parallax effect where the subject and the background move in different directions and at different speeds. This is the very first attempt and does need some refinement such as trying different speeds, directions, etc.

The part of the process that takes the most time is the selection of the branch in the foreground, this can be done via different methods including the pen tool or quick selection tool, which ever works best.

This video will show you how to create the effect using selections and Photoshop’s built in video editor:

This will not work with every image you have but certain landscapes or subjects with a large background behind them would work quite well.

Hoverflies

Hoverflies

These pictures of hoverflies were taken whilst doing Macro shots in my garden. They are interesting insects that will come up and hover near you, they look like they are staring at you, which I would like to think they are.

The following shots are taken with my Nikon P900 Camera which a Macro Filter screwed onto the lens.

I love how the wings are blurred which indicates how fast these insects move their wings to hover in one place.

The first two pictures show the same hoverfly at different angles. This particular hoverfly was doomed as a robber fly snatched it out of thin air and flew off with it. This happened within seconds of me taking the photos.

Robber flies (Asilidae family) are true flies that prey on other insects for food. They have disturbing dining habits too; they pierce their victim’s body with a sharp proboscis and then inject paralysing saliva into it. The saliva contains enzymes which digest the prey from the inside out.; they literally suck out the resulting soup, nice!!!

More about Hoverflies here: www.uksafari.com/hoverflies

More about Robber Flies here: www.uksafari.com/robberflies


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