Connie Reinhart  

Symmetry by Connie Reinhart

August 2022 - Symmetry

August 2022 - Connie Reinhart


August 2022 - Connie Reinhart

Original 2

August 2022 - Connie Reinhart

Original 3

About the Image(s)

At a Virtual photo conference with Hazel Meredith, a presenter showed us this technique. It’s really fun, and the possibilities are endless. The original image was herbs drying on a wall. The image was resized (with proportions not constrained) to a square. All of these steps were done on separate layers. Layers were merged up as necessary to preserve all the steps. In PS apply polar coordinates found in filters/distort at 100%. That gave original 2. From there many things can develop. Take ½ of the image, copy it, paste it, then flip horizontally (or vertically) and move it so that it lines up with the mirror image. See original 3. I chose to use the delicate half. Sharpened with hi pass filter. Levels to darken those nice diagonal lines in the background, masking out the middle. Topaz texture ‘immulsion’ was used on the edges (masked out the middle again). After making dozens of this kind of image I discovered something interesting: all depends on how the image is originally oriented. It is sometimes difficult to replicate the final result.

4 comments posted

Gavin Tow   Gavin Tow
That's a very interesting creation ! I'll have to remember the name Hazel Meredith. I've tried to attend more virtual photo conferences but just haven't seen many.
Good description of technique. I thought the background and gold went well together.   Posted: 08/07/2022 22:49:11

Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
What a creative and lovely image! I had forgotten about using polar coordinates and playing with the results. That's one of the benefits of using Photoshop rather than Lightroom. More stuff we can do! Then add Topaz, and go crazy (fun)! I love the texture/design of the background. This image really has the look of Hazel Meredith. I love her images and background effects! Thank you for explaining your process so well. You taught me how to get over the problem of the part of polar coordinates that looks wonky...eliminate it!   Posted: 08/08/2022 13:13:03

Ally Green   Ally Green
What a lovely image to end up with involving your technique and process. Thanks for sharing. The colours are wonderful. Definitely good wall art!   Posted: 08/08/2022 15:07:48

Fran Yates   Fran Yates
I love that you took the time to create your own unique image. I have never met Hazel, but learned how to use textures with Hazel's webinars. (There was some good out of isolation in 2020). Nicely done!   Posted: 08/08/2022 17:49:23


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