Karl Leck  


High Altitude Dream by Karl Leck

February 2021 - High Altitude Dream

About the Image(s)


High Altitude Dream is a composite of only two images. I love the window seat when flying. I've observed that the plastic window material has a polarizing effect so that when the photographer adds a polarizing filter to the lens and rotates it, beautiful rainbow colors can be seen. So the first image in this composite is the view from the aircraft window showing a wing, clouds below and the colors caused by polarization. Take that image, copy it, flip it horizontally and butt the pieces together into a wedge. In Photoshop slightly warp the wing tips and add a star using the brush tool. Then drop in the second image of an astronaut suit that is part of a business sign in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. At high altitude the brain may enter another world.


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5 comments posted




Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Hi Karl, What an interesting and creative image. The reflection of the astronaut is quite subtle. My only nit is that I would like to see see it just a tad less subtle.
Very well done.   Posted: 02/13/2021 18:22:43



Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
I love this image! The symmetry and colors are pleasing to my eyes, AND the objects and swirls spark my imagination. When I first looked at the image I thought of the Twilight Zone episode, "The Langoliers". Reading your description of your process of creating the image was inspirational. I moved the image around on my screen to bisect it. Cropping out the left side produced another neat image that suggested the Astronaut was walking to the star. I rather prefer the half image.   Posted: 02/19/2021 15:07:26
Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
I read the Langoliers -- a novella by Stephen King adapted for TV. Interesting comparison!   Posted: 02/21/2021 14:31:53



Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Very creative! Can't believe it's an airplane wing -- at first glance I thought it was a manta ray. Love the colors and the stars! Strange as it may seem, I think I'd like it better without the astronaut.   Posted: 02/21/2021 14:29:31



Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Yikes, is that the Twilight zone episode with a demon on the wing of the airplane?? I had nightmares about that one as a kid.

At first look I thought of those airplanes that everyone thought were UFO's. The ones in the desert that were top secret and invisible black.

Very creative. I like the polarization. The astronaut seems too real, maybe he should be not so sharp. The two stars are not the same size, is that to create depth?   Posted: 02/21/2021 15:06:11