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.
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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Some beautiful paths to wander at any time of year. Castle Eden Dene is near Peterlee in County Durham.
Found in the grounds of Aston Hall Hotel. Perfect setting for weddings and ceremonies.
Boutonnière is the French word for “buttonhole”. This is a photo of my brother’s Boutonnière, taken just after his daughter got married 🙂