Open With Caution


The digital competition assigned topic at last night’s camera club meeting was ‘Creative Images (Enhanced/Manipulated)’ with the definition being: Use your creativity and think out of the box for this one. Show off your talents using software to create effects that make your photos something more than just a photo. You may combine several images into one but all the components must be your own photographic work.

Since this is not the type of thing I normally do I had to work at coming up with a concept from photos in my collection. I looked at some images on the web for inspiration. Then I looked through several of my images asking myself the questions: ‘What could I do to this to make it more creative? What could I add or combine this with?’ I pulled a few images and began to play with them and after a few tries I came up with the concept below. I shot the trunk last summer in the shed at an old abandoned house. ‘What could be coming out of that trunk? … some eyes? … a scary clown?’. The eye of a toad close-up, which I also use as my avatar here and elsewhere quickly came to mind. I isolated the eye, copied it and flipped it making two eyes which I then blended and feathered. I made a path around the opening of the trunk so the eyes could fit nicely inside, deleting the portion outside the box I then blended the form into the darkness of the opening. My last step was to create a cast shadow from the edges of the box onto the form. The image received a nice reaction from the crowd (including surprise and chuckles) and I was happy to be awarded second place for my latest creative endeavor!

'Open With Caution' © Denise Bush

8 Responses to “Open With Caution”

  1. Loved it, congratulations. Very creative Denise!!!

  2. 2 shelly

    Love it! Very creative. The colors outside and around the box are the perfect tone for what hiding in the box.

  3. 3 Mike Pillows

    That’s what I’m talkin’ about!!! C-R-E-A-T-I-V-E You did the category proud… and a fantastic pic to boot. I loved it when it first came up and it stuck with me each time I saw it. Congrats – “D”


  4. 4 denisebushphoto

    Thanks Guys!

    Congrats on your winner too Kathleen. You are the queen of textures!

    Shelly — I will be sending you an itinerary before the Catskill Photo Weekend.

    — Denise

  5. Nice piece of work. Creative, and well executed.

  6. 6 101quickandeasysecrets


  7. I love it Denise. Very creative and eye catching. Congrats.

  8. Congratulations D! Awesome and fun. Is that the “frog eyes”?

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