Tom Pickering  

Quadroth by Tom Pickering

October 2019 - Quadroth

October 2019 - Tom Pickering


About the Image(s)

Specs: Samsung GS6, F1.9, 1/160s, ISO 125, Handheld, Natural light

Pumping gas and noticed this lovely moth in the corner of the pump, so whipped out my smartphone and snapped a few pics. Took this one into Photoshop to replace the background with black and crop to a square. The into Studio 2 to have some fun. I added Precision Contrast, Precision Detail, tried several different filters but none filled the bill, so I went back to my trusty AI Remix and started going through the Samples. Several caught my eye but Cotton Candy really tripped my trigger, so I settled on that. Back in Photoshop, I doubled the width and height, and copied the Studio 2 result into the 4 corners, rotating each so the moth would face the center. Suggestions?

15 comments posted

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
This is a brilliant image. I love the way that the moths' antennae create an inner circle. The colouration and borders around the insects also work well. This is a winner for me!
The one thing that I am unsure about is the title. Not having seen the word before, I googled it in, and the only thing that I could come up with was :- ›   Posted: 10/01/2019 02:17:27
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Yikes! Maybe I'll change the name to Quadramoth! d8¬{O   Posted: 10/01/2019 12:02:12

Mark Southard   Mark Southard
This is just most beautiful. Colors and composition do it for me. Congrats on 'seeing' this !   Posted: 10/02/2019 12:50:36
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Thanks, Mark! High praise indeed! d:¬{D   Posted: 10/02/2019 16:16:36

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
Good effect which works. That's a neat trick, I must give it a go some time.   Posted: 10/03/2019 10:14:31
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Thanks, Andrew! Obviously, it takes the right subject and the arrowhead shape of the moth seemed to lend itself to this arrangement. d:¬{D   Posted: 10/03/2019 10:39:13

Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
(Group 81)
Really imaginative!! Where do you guys get your ideas from!!! Love the circle created by the antennae and the colour of background you have chosen. Off the Topaz to have a go myself!!   Posted: 10/03/2019 10:44:24
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Studio has definitely become my goto software for getting creative! Its AI Remix holds endless possibilities for taking the mundane to something so very different! d:¬{D   Posted: 10/03/2019 10:49:31
Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
(Group 81)
Thanks, Tom. Just going to watch a You Tube video on the AI Remix so will hopefully learn more on best way to use it!!   Posted: 10/03/2019 10:54:06
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
The best way I found was to start clicking each of the looks, even if the thumbnail doesn't look promising. Once you find one that's interesting to you, play with the controls to fine-tune it.   Posted: 10/03/2019 11:44:07
Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
(Group 81)
Thanks will try that.   Posted: 10/03/2019 12:07:00

Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
Splendid image! I just love the colours and your arrangement of the moths. Also photographic eye which saw and captured the moth whilst you were busy fill the tank. I would consider adding more space to and bottom to match the sides.   Posted: 10/11/2019 03:36:49
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
You're right about balancing the space at the top and bottom. Don't know why I didn't see that. SMH   Posted: 10/19/2019 00:31:11

Jennifer Empey   Jennifer Empey
I like how you have made the moth pretty, and made it into an effective pattern.   Posted: 10/16/2019 08:49:55
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Thanks, Jennifer. It was so dull in its normal state, I just had to do something with it! d;¬{D   Posted: 10/19/2019 00:32:08


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