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Imagination Series | Surrounded

Welcome back to the Imagination Series blog!

In this post we are going to take a look at the images that made my latest creation "Surrounded" Possible.

Lets start with our Base image!

Rough Waters

First of all I want to give a huge shout out to Jhon Towner for taking such a cool shot!

The photo above is the photo I chose as my base image. I LOVE the mood of this image in every way possible. The color is perfect and I really like the roughness and sharpness of the water. I figured it would work well with the look I was going for.


Without the mountains, the background would be a bit to flat for my taste. The front and center part of this photo was the perfect choice because it matched the background image perfectly. The snowy cold look blended perfectly with the water.

The Seagulls

The seagulls came from images that I found using BING. Although not the main subject, the seagulls played an important role in making this project believable. They added depth and interest to the entire scene.

The Whales

Did you know that a fully grown humpback whale can weigh more than 5 adult elephants, which measure in at 15,000 lbs?

The whales are the stars of the show in this project. I've always had an interest in whales. Especially humpback whales. These gentle giants are like something out of this world. One of my goals in life is to one day see these creatures in person and experience what it feels like to be in their presence. For now, I can just use my imagination to put my self in just that situation.

Bringing the whales into this project I felt would give you a sense of what it would feel like to be surrounded by creatures that most of us could only dream of seeing in our lifetime. I hope I was able to deliver that for you guys.

The main Subject

Huge Shout out to Paul Gilmore for this awesome photo! You can check out his work by clicking on the photo above.

When I came across this photo I knew it would be perfect with this project. Typically when I'm looking for photos where the human touch is necessary, I look for that connection. I like to feel as if it were me in the picture. If I can feel that connection, I know the photo is the perfect fit. One of the things that attracted me to this photo is that the man on the boat is by him self and he's looking into the distance. The only thing I had to change was the perspective of the boat and the direction it was facing. Everything else was perfect.

The Little things

The rest of the project was full of the little things that make the biggest differences. The things that make everything look convincing if you will. Things like adding water splashes to the boat to give you the impression that the water is actually hitting the boat. The sprays coming from the whales jumping out of the water. Things like shadows and adding depth to the photo to give you a sense of what's close to you and what's further away. These are the things that make it all worth it.

And from that I created this...

Thank you guys so much for stopping by!

I'll see you on the next one!

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