Photo shop is the best invention since Kodak made a camera. I have been making images for my next book, and this one created quite a stir. Everyone wants to know how the image was created: It all started with a photo from a series that I took of an arrow crab in a lovely purple sponge that was lit from behind. While I loved the colors, the eyes were not in the brightest area and there was a conflict of subjects. So I chose a different crab image from the series and I started to play. First I just made it all abstract, then I added another crab. But this was definitely not good. I loved the color, I loved the bright area behind the eyes on this one, but there was too much brightness and the bent legs were weird and distracting. But the colors were compelling. I went back to the original crab and realized that while the background was stunning, it needed a different subject. I looked through my entire file and Voila! I knew immediately that the red hermit crab was perfect! After many, many permutations I finally liked it a lot. I hope you do, too. I am sorry that I have to plaster my name across it, but until I get it on to a more secure web site, I have to do this.
I am really enjoying making fantasy photos out of the most ordinary images. A coral that I found on the wreck of the Polson was very pretty, but not really special. I had cut off part of it, and the colors were plain. With a little work, I really liked the new one a lot. The center of the photo makes the banner for this page.