Photoshop Creative Techniques slide show (19) |
As I work with Photoshop more, and my favorite Niks filters, I have been creating new work incorporating many layers. The overall effect adds a dreamlike and subjective mood to the original infrared and color images. Let me know what you think of the new work.
Infrared Photography slide show (47)
The ethereal and otherworldly realm of infrared is a fascinating area of black and white (and color) photography to explore. Foliage, plants and trees appear glowing white, and blue skies turn jet black. Foliage, for example, reflects the infrared rays and appears bright because the cellular structure of the leaves has many angles of refraction when illuminated. Conversely, objects that absorb or transmit the infrared wavelengths, such as water, tree trunks, and shaded subjects, appear dark. Photographing in infrared can create mystical and unforgettable landscapes, architecture scenes, figure studies, weddings, and other special events.
Near infrared is the wavelength band just above the visible spectrum (400-700 nanometers) that we canít see, but your digital camera sensor can. This 700-1100 nanometer band can be captured in two ways: using a digital camera with an opaque infrared filter, such as the Hoya 72IR (with tripod); or using a digital camera converted to infrared.
Dolphins slide show (44)
One of my passions is swimming with wild dolphins, and I am fortunate to be able to swim many mornings with them. With some of the images , I have used some creative techniques in Photoshop to enhance the mood and go beyond the straight image. That is why sometimes you will see two of the same images that look a bit different.
Whales and Other Marine Life slide show (25)
One of my passions is swimming with wild dolphins, whales, manta rays, and other amazing creatures in the ocean. I photograph and film them. These are a few still images. The humpback whales are in Tonga, where it is legal to swim with them. I have moved the dolphin images to their own category.
Polaroid/Fuji Image & Emulsion Transfers slide show (27)
Polaroid/Fuji image transfers are alternative photographic processes using peel-apart Polaroid or Fuji film. An image is exposed onto the film by means of a Daylab printer, camera or enlarger. The film is pulled apart before complete development and the dye-laden negative is rolled onto another surface, such as watercolor paper. The dyes develop onto the other surface and the image is "transferred." The image may then be manipulated and hand colored if desired. Each image is unique due to the physical properties of the transfer process.
Polaroid/Fuji emulsion transfers use the same film and equipment--however, the results are completely different. The image is developed fully onto the positive print of the film. The image layer of the print, or emulsion, is removed with hot water. It can then be placed onto virtually any surface including three-dimensional forms. The transparent emulsion can be sculpted, stretched and torn into different shapes, then hand colored.
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Polaroid SX-70 Manipulations slide show (23)
Polaroid SX-70 manipulations were created by exposing an image onto Polaroid Time Zero film by means of SX-70 and 600 series cameras, a Daylab slide printer or an enlarger. After the image developed, the film emulsion remained pliable for a number of hours so that it could be manipulated by using different tools, such as crochet hooks, wooden ceramic tools, burnishing tools, pens, etc. A variety of effects could be achieved, transforming the images so that the distinction between photographs and paintings is blurred. This film was discontinued in 2005, however there are plans to create a new version of this film through a group in the Netherlands who have leased the Polaroid facility and hired the former Polaroid SX-70 technicians. Follow the progress at www.the-impossible-project.com.
Color Digital Photography slide show (44)
Even though I love working subjectively by using alternative processes and techniques, I have quite a collection of 'straight' and modified color photographs. I'll be uploading more images in the near future, so do check back again.
Hand Colored Black & White Photographs slide show (4)
These black & white fiber prints were hand colored with Marshall's Oils, then scanned and printed on watercolor paper.
Books slide show (3)
You can purchase my books directly from me, or through Amazon.com or other booksellers.
Dolphin and Whale video footage and DVDs slide show (0)
I have been filming dolphins, whales and other marine life for over five years, and have amassed quite a collection of video footage. I am now offering clips for licensing. In addition, I'm finishing several DVDs with beautiful HD imagery.
You can view the trailer for my forthcoming "Whale Journey" film and DVD at http://www.whalejourneyfilm.com/Whale_Journey_Trailer.html and on You Tube at http://youtu.be/iRc213xrvkI. This film was created from my photographs and videos while in Tonga with the Humpback whales. They are magnificent beings with a vast and deep consciousness, which has expanded my sense of who I am. For more information about the film and DVD and whales, visit http://www.whalejourneyfilm.com and also the Facebook page Whale Journey. Add a like and share with friends who might be interested in whales.
Check back for trailers for "Dolphin Dance"--delightful sequences of the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins.