Lost in Digital Art

A few days ago I posted this image, or should I say digital art, that I produced from a fireworks image I shot in 2014.  It got a lot of attention and lots of likes and comments on Facebook.  I was playing when I produced it, wanting to make something different from the typical fireworks shots I’d been seeing.  It’s one of my idiosyncrasies, wanting my photos and art to look different. 

The original image looked like this:

Original fireworks tentacles

Shot in 2014, it reminded me of the tentacles hanging down from a Portuguese Man of War or a Jellyfish.  It was strange enough as it was but I decided to play some more so I flipped it over and added it to the top of itself to form a mirrored image top to bottom.

Mirrored image — synapses

Once I had the mirrored image, I applied a radial colored gradient to the image and played with the blending modes  and opacity (all done in Adobe Photoshop CC) to come up with the final image at the top of this post.

Playing with different blending modes and opacities, I also came up with some other looks that were pretty far out there as well.  Here’s another I saved. It reminded me of a bloodshot eye.

Bloodshot eye

It’s fun playing and taking photos to the world of digital art. The possibilities are endless and it’s always a creative adventure.

About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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6 Responses to Lost in Digital Art

  1. jerrysherman says:

    Kolman, this is far from your usual work, but I like it! Beautiful dark backgrounds make the tentacles stand out. Gorgeous! I’ve been continuing with my wide-angle dark sky shooting, and received a star tracker for Father’s Day from my son, and can now take extremely long exposures of the Milky Way, and other delights. Nice to see your work! Cheers, Jerry


  2. Breathtaking! (Good to see you back here, Kolman!) (And I bet jerrysherman can hardly wait for winter when the nights are longer and crisp and clear!)


  3. Michal Dunaj says:

    Reblogged this on VanityPixels.


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