Frivolous Flying Fantasy
I am continuing my self-indulgent playing with transformations of images or pieces of images, to see what comes flying out of the Pandora's box of photo editing software. This time I started with a close-up detail of a Christmas tree decoration (see here http://smu.gs/1w52cnQ), which I rather liked just for its own sake. One thing led to another, and here you have it. Cabin fever isn't all bad, I guess. I don't think people die of it very often.
DP055-2015 Posted Tuesday, February 24; created Feb. 23
The title comes from the resemblance of the central feature (repeated in the corners) to some strange bird or flying insect - not quite a butterfly. I'm getting a blue starfish vibe as well.
Note added in answer to a question about what software. It was done in Photoshop. I used the Topaz Labs plugin to add a touch of outlining to the original shot (black and white line drawing, followed with the 'Multiply' blend mode in PS to drop out all the white of that layer), but the central panel was created by cropping the original into a square which formed one quadrant of a larger square, each quadrant being either a horizontal or vertical flip of a neighboring quadrant. Then I used the polar coordinates distortion. That's pretty much it. The border was created from a different cropping of the original, and a resizing of the central panel, with a shift in background color. Mostly a lot of copying and pasting and moving.
Title: Frivolous Flying Fantasy
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