This one is for Gina (whalegeek), whose whale images are the real thing and are all outstanding. View Gina’s work here and don’t miss her albatrosses!
The original photo is not mine. This is based on a free download photo of a breaching, barnacle-encrusted gray whale. I used the Wave filter in Photoshop and finally got it pretty much the way I wanted it — not too realistic, but not too fragmented either. Then I posterized it, which brought out the colors in the sky area.