Shirley Ward, FPSA, EPSA  

Spiral Ballet by Shirley Ward, FPSA, EPSA

August 2019 - Spiral Ballet

August 2019 - Shirley Ward, FPSA, EPSA


About the Image(s)

About 10 years ago, (before I had photo shop), I created the original image by putting a small black cut-out of a pair of ballet dancers onto a very colorful background... then with a macro lens I copied them onto a slide.

Fast forward to the present......With a slide scanner I moved the slide into my computer and into photo shop....One of the filters available in Elements is a fun one called....Liquefy....I had a lot of fun "pulling" the colors to create a totally different image....However, I don't recall where I got or how I made the spiral background, as it's been so long ago...possibly wrapping paper?

This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted

Pat Couder   Pat Couder
Very creative to start with and then to go back to it digitally! I like the sharpness and detail now in the spiral background and using the liquefy has added lots of interest.Theres more texture and detail on the figures now, I'd prefer them to be solid black silhouettes as the original   Posted: 08/01/2019 07:59:32

Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
(Group 56)
I like the color contrasts and subtle tonalities in the original, and even like the idea of using the liquefy filter. Very, very creative. I can tell that the poster edge filter was also used in the final version, which created many dark lines and dots. My preference is for the gentler tonality of the original; so would have just applied the liquefy filter without the added poster edge effect. It looks like the ballerinas are now spinning; great idea.   Posted: 08/03/2019 16:38:11

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I think your original was very creative and is the version I prefer.   Posted: 08/03/2019 16:57:47

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
I guess it's somewhat about nostalgia that we keep going back to "old" stuff. But this one was definitely worth reviving. However, I do prefer the original. I like the softness of the background rather than the "competitiveness" of the very defined background in your improved version.   Posted: 08/04/2019 21:41:27

Peter Keverne   Peter Keverne
Two images a decade apart making use of the technology availably at the time. Original very good and the presented image equally as good perhaps suffering from a touch too much liquefy filter. Very well done.   Posted: 08/09/2019 02:42:15

Betty Billingham   Betty Billingham
Love the colours but the liquify at the bottom gives me the feeling the dancers are about to slip down over the edge. So I took the image into my computer and turned it through 180 degrees and replaced the dancers. Now it looked as if they had come down the slide onto the "stage" where they were how happily dancing. Looked much safer and more balanced to my eye. A super picture, Try it and see what you think.   Posted: 08/21/2019 15:32:03