As I was strolling through my Cancun folder, I was reminded of some of the best advice I ever got from a photo pro at a class — never throw anything out, because at some point you will come back to it and see it in a whole new way and probably love it.
For these sea turtle shots (at a Cancun theme park), even the unaltered ones look kinda surreal, because the turtles are kept in man-made ponds where the water is clear and the bottom has no real definition. That makes the turtles look like they’re floating on air. It’s the shadows cast by the ripples on the surface that interested me when I was shooting, but deciding how to accent and highlight that in the final image was an interesting process in just how far to stretch it digitally and artistically.
This first image is fairly true to the original photo, but in subsequent versions, I’m going further and further into the digital ether …
Now it’s getting weird.
And then full on psychedelic.
Hopefully this captures the dilemma of doing digital art, it’s easy to get lost in the possibilities. Here’s some more photos of the same turtles, most of whom were young ones.
This shot was given a pretty good digital makeover. The turtle was greatly enlarged, as this guy was quite small in the original image.
So as it turns out, suddenly I do have a decent amount of new work to print out and frame up.