The Strangest Dream

Johanne Brunet

Candiac, Canada

Artist's Description

Mom! I have to tell you… I made the strangest dream last night! I was walking the dog in a forest with giant trees surrounded by fireflies. Only our dog was not a dog but a giant frog, and the fireflies were in fact glowing fairies with sexy legs. I wonder what that means

A young man’s strange dream…

 I started whith this picture made in 2008 with my Nikon D60. I really loved the point of view, but unfortunately it was a bit dark in the forest, I was shooting hand held and it came out blurry. Made three passes in Photoshop 6 with different Redfield fractalius filters
   
 This is a photo of my son made in 2008. He was 16 at the time. In Photoshop 6, I cloned out the design on the t-shirt, flipped it horizontally, and played with the colours, curves and levels, plus fiddled with a little dodging and burning.
   
 I used this photo of a frog that I made in the fall of 2008 to create a strange pet.
   
 Beloved pets are usually kept on a leash for their own safety. I used a length of silver chain slipped on a tube of white paper to make the leash.
   
The fairies are composed of butterfly wings and human legs, with a glowing ball of light. The photos used are as shown below
 The fairies’ wings belong to a photo I made of a monarch which I transformed into the wing below.
   
 Using the photo above, I isolated the wings, duplicated, rotated, scaled, distorted, inverted, applied fractalius filter, modified hue, saturation, levels and curves, and applied a slight inner glow. The hue is different for each fairy.
   
 I made several shots of my legs, which was an awkward and rather undignified process, yelding acceptable results. This is one of the three shots I used. The others are similar with the legs in a slightly different position.
   
 Again, I used one of my favourite texture layer, a puff of clouds made in Photosop with Render Clouds and gradient filter. I used it twice in different orientations for a light halo around the fairies, which also created a slight vignetting effect.
   
 Here is one of the textures that I photographed recently, to which I added a vignette. I used it at a very low opacity with a solid golden color adjustment. Available for free download under a Creative Commons Licence.

Featured in Before and After on June 3, 2010

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