She calls it “stick season,” this slow disrobing of summer,
leaf by leaf, till the bores of tall trees rattle and scrape in the wind.
– Eric Pinder
FOCUS: Digital Art
I decided to have some fun with my photography today by doing little digital art. One of my favorite artistic tricks is to use the Polar Coordinates filter in Photoshop to create a looking glass effect with photos. The technique is very easy, and the results have a very ‘Alice in Wonderland’ feel to them. If you are interested in trying this out for yourself, there are lots of tutorials online including this one here. The steps I took to create the digital art piece above were a little different than those online: I first stitched together two versions of the same image (one a horizontally flipped image of the first), which created a mirror effect similar to a Rorschach Ink Blot test. Once you get used to using the Polar Coordinates filter, the possibilities are endless!