Here’s the National Geographic Photo of the Year for 2016, (supposedly). This is a pretty dramatic effect and it would be a great photo – if it was real. This is a pretty good attempt at visual impact, but I’m sorry to say – it’s Photoshop art. Can you spot the clues to this being a fake photo? Give it a try, my 7 clues are below the photo. Are there any other Photoshop clues you can spot that I missed?
1. The strong lighting is coming from the left on the shark but the lighting is subdued on the surface of the water, no strong highlights on the waves – so they just don’t match up to the lighting on the shark.
2. Note the waves coming straight up out of the water – with that weight and volume there should be a swelling up or surge of water surrounding the dramatic waves, not just cut straight across.
3. Because the shark is so smooth and sleek, there wouldn’t be a large cotton-like puffs of water pushed above his head– they would be trailing more behind him.
4. A bloody mess. I’m thinking this shark had to swim pretty fast to jump this high, so it seems reasonably that the blood around his mouth and nose would have been washed off from that much effort.
5. With the sharks mouth partly open I probably would have made streams of water flowing out of the corners of his mouth.
6. The color of the background is much easier to work with when just a simple fade from light blue to medium blue is used. Looking through the wave at the color of the sky behind the left lower side of the shark’s body, it should match the sky behind it – it’s slightly a different blue color.
7. Water surges would flow up based on the drag of the force shooting up. The dramatic waves flowing up don’t quite match the shape of the shark. A little short on one side, a little wide on the other, and in the middle there isn’t a part of the shark that would cause that large water surge to drag up.
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I recently created an online gallery of my creative images from the past few years and it’s divided into 6 categories:
1. Digital Art (creating images using Photoshop), 2. Abstract Symbolism (acrylic paintings on stretched canvas), 3. Photography (images primarily captured on my iPhone and some have a bit of Photoshop enhancement), 4. Fantasy and Romance (a combination of using 3D software and Photoshop), 5. Steampunk (gears and the Victorian future), and 6. Illustration (commercial art used in company literature).
One of the cool things about this site is that it visualizes for you what an image looks like when printed on canvas, steel, beach towels, pillows, greeting cards and even shower curtains! (And many other decor items too). The company hosting the site takes care of the printing, shipping and payments – easy-peasy!
Check the gallery out at: Greer Galleries
A 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winning photo. Take a close look at this image; check out the expression of the two men in the front of the boat, kids waving their clothes, two men trying to keep the boat for capsizing and especially the lighting and composition – it tells a story, truly a picture that speaks a thousand words. Congratulations to Sergey Ponomarev of the New York Times.
(If you ever think your day sucks, trade places with them). Caption to the photo: Migrants arrive by a Turkish boat near the village of Skala, on the Greek island of Lesbos. The Turkish boat owner delivered some 150 people to the Greek coast and tried to escape back to Turkey; he was arrested in Turkish waters. The New York Times – November 16, 2015.
The New Year marks a time for reflecting on the past year and contemplating what we learned from the last 365 days to make the coming year even better. Yes, it’s a time to celebrate past success, but it’s also a time for bold moves and fresh starts. It’s a time for dreams and friendships both old and new. It’s an opportune time to raise a toast to those who share your business success and those who cherish your personal happiness and hopes for the future.
The New Year marks a new beginning. New people to meet, new adventures to enjoy, and new memories to create. Here’s wishing you the gift of peace and prosperity throughout 2016, and wishing you a Happy New Year!
Watch this YouTube video on how I created and installed a 10 foot outdoor sculpture for an office building in Clearwater, Florida. It was quite the challenge, as it was the first time I’ve ever created a sculpture. How did I get this job? I’ve given my clients the impression that I can deliver to them what ever they need, and if I have to learn something new to do it – I will. Why?
Because if your customers consider you as a valuable resource to get the job done, then it opens the door for additional opportunities. I’ve been on my own as a designer for almost 20 years, and there isn’t anything I’m doing today that I did 20 years ago because technology changes and so does the needs of customers. There is a first time for everything, and if you believe you can do it – and learn from others, you have a better chance for success: