Bob Laster  

Carnival Mask by Bob Laster

June 2020 - Carnival Mask

June 2020 - Bob Laster


About the Image(s)

The original image is a Freesia shot on a lightbox using a Nikon DSLR, 105mm lens, tripod, f32, s 2seconds. This was taken into Photoshop CC and, using techniques described by Willa Priester and Guy Davies in April 2020, manipulated. Largely this includes turning the image on its side counterclockwise. A duplicate layer is made and flipped horizontal. Then the canvas is doubled and the layer moved to create aa symmetrical image comprising two layers. This was flattened. A background layer was made the Filter>Mexotint with medium strokes. Then Filter>Radial Blur>Zoom@100% times three. This layer was duplicated and on the lower layer Filter>Distort>Twirl at -125. On the upper layer Twirl at +125 and this was placed in Lighten Blend Mode. This was merged. Color, saturation and sharpening were adjusted. The image was then placed in Topaz>Filter>Glow>Neon and adjusted. At this point the image reminded me of a carnival mask.

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14 comments posted

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Very interesting process was this described in the PSA journal? It certainly is an interesting outcome that would be worth pursuing with other objects. Your right, it does look like a mask. Very symmetrical.   Posted: 06/03/2020 17:14:43
Bob Laster   Bob Laster
Richard. Thanks. I combined image techniques from two images presented in Digital Dialogue for May 2020. They were done by Guy Davies and another by Willa Priester. I added modifications in Topaz and truthfully I think sometimes I wander a little when processing but that is part of the fun in "cooking".   Posted: 06/04/2020 05:12:53

Stephen Mayeux   Stephen Mayeux
I had to look multiple times at your original flower image to noticed all the colors of the flower and leaves were definitely present. Being originally from New Orleans my first thought was a Carnival Mask and how did you turn a flower into lines that look like a mask. I'm not sure I could follow or create the final image starting from a flower as you did but the final result is very interesting and well done.   Posted: 06/03/2020 17:19:10
Bob Laster   Bob Laster
Stephen Thank you   Posted: 06/04/2020 05:14:06

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
Welcome to our group Bob. Your description is most intriguing. I thought at first this was something many of us have used, the polar coordinates filters. Guy Davies is a a long time member of our DD group 4 and Willa was with us a few years ago. You certainly made an interesting convert from the lowly freesia, a slim border might add to it somewhat. Well done!   Posted: 06/05/2020 18:19:14
Bob Laster   Bob Laster
Barbara Thank you   Posted: 06/06/2020 01:36:31

Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade

Welcome aboard. It certainly looks like a mask, and there is no way I would have figured out how you got there. Kudos for creativity and willingness to experiment. I really like how the strands of light seem to interweave. Your use of color is very good. My only recommendation might be to enlarge the black canvas a little and create a thin white frame as Barb, suggested. This could lead to an interesting series, or triptych.   Posted: 06/05/2020 18:37:04
Bob Laster   Bob Laster
Mark Thank you   Posted: 06/06/2020 01:36:02

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
Phenomenal result . I must take the time to interpret this technique and give it a try.   Posted: 06/11/2020 19:25:41
Bob Laster   Bob Laster
Beverly Thank you. It can be fun.   Posted: 06/12/2020 11:18:32

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Bob, I'm delighted to have you in our study group! If this image is any indication, you will definitely contribute to our creativity, imagination and post-processing skills. I especially like how you've used colors in this image. And, the white "eyes" are excellent points of primary focus. Well done!

  Posted: 06/12/2020 09:14:15
Bob Laster   Bob Laster
Oliver Thank you!   Posted: 06/12/2020 11:18:58

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
Bob; Welcome to our group. You have made a very nice abstract image. It is quite a process that you used. I looked for Willa Priester and Guy Davies April 2020, and could not find it. I would to know more about their process.   Posted: 06/13/2020 16:33:32

Bob Laster   Bob Laster
Nick Thank you. Guess I did not put my glasses on when I typed in the information. It was Witta Priester from Group 77 in May 2020 and Guy Davies from Group 4 in May 2020. Sorry   Posted: 06/13/2020 17:09:34