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This was actually my first attempt at digital collage, and one of the first things I ever did in Photoshop… the idea behind this image is what inspired me to learn about digital imaging. This was probably around 20 years ago.

The main shot is off the pier at Flagler Beach, Florida. The guy on the right actually had something on his line that was still in the water.
Here’s the original take…

I shot the Dolphin at an aquatic show in the Algarve a year later…

In Photoshop 4 (!), I positioned the dolphin to follow the gaze of the guy with the cap.
It was impossible to import all the tiny splashes and droplets with the dolphin photo, and I spent many hours cloning these in from a series of selected ones. This is best seen with the large view natch :-)

Lightning in background was drawn with Photoshop tools.

Thanx for lookin!

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  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 7 years ago

    Wow! What a great job you’ve done here! This should do well on Fathers day, which is in a couple of weeks. I’d recommend you add some tags like father, fishing, funny, humour and other relevant words….Tags work quite well here!

  • Belinda Leopold
    Belinda Leopoldover 7 years ago

    Fantastic!!! You sure know how to work that mouse……:)

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 7 years ago

    Thank you Mel and Belinda. Lots of work went into this and as it was my first manip picture, it took me lots of time too. In fact, I never got on with a mouse and so now use a drawing tablet—this makes it much more natural to trace and draw. It’s indispensible to me now.

    Mel, I will try the key words… hadn’t thought of that before, but if it helps getting my stuff noticed, I’ll give it a whirl!

    Cheers, Bill

  • Catalin Soare
    Catalin Soareover 7 years ago

    Superb work

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 7 years ago

    Thanks so much Catalin. Just been to your gallery—you’ve got some wonderful shots in there!

    Cheers, BB

  • Paul Vanzella
    Paul Vanzellaover 7 years ago

    Great concept – and well executed… Full of impact!

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 7 years ago

    Thanks Paul, a massive credit coming from you. Your entire gallery rocks bigtime!


  • Hiroko
    Hirokoover 7 years ago

    Wonderful shot you’ve captured here, what a huge fish man…

  • Kimberly Palmer
    Kimberly Palmerover 7 years ago

    Very cool… you are a true artist!

  • Daniel  Rarela
    Daniel Rarelaover 7 years ago

    wow… haha catching a dolphin… what are the odds?! impeccable photoshop skills, billyboy!

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