Featured in Grunge It Up April 6, 2011.
Featured in ! # 1 Artists of Redbubble! April 26, 2009.
Placed Third in the Fine Art Composites Group’s “Texture Challenge” February 16, 2009.
Featured in Visual Texture February 5, 2009.
Featured in Digital Art Compilations February 2, 2009.
Featured in Dimensions January 31, 2009.

This image was created for the Fine Art Composite Group’s “Texture Challenge.”

735 views on 12/29/09

This image is also available at Lois Bryan at fine art america in an exciting variety of framing and matting options.

I started with Texture 02 as my base image, and put it in PS, hue/saturation and gave it a nice red color. I then added my own image of some turkey buzzards roosting in some winter trees that I took on Wednesday, by extracting them from their grey skies and adding them to the background. I gave them the old levels and shadow/highlights treatment first. Then I added the splatter texture, which I gave a red photo filter to in Photoshop. Last I added Texture 01 after running it through hue/saturation in PS and darkening it. I then erased on and around the vultures, first at 100%, then less and less as I moved away from the birds. I also added this texture one more time, but put it through the motion blur filter. All were blended in the saturation mode, and cut back to about 36% opacity. I flattened, then dodged the wings a little. Lastly, I cropped the whole image to get the turkey vultures in the sweet spot.

I probably left something out, lol, but I think I got it all!!!

Camera on my part of the deal is the Nikon D40x, using the 70-300mm lens. No, I wasn’t out looking for turkey vultures, I was looking for hawks. We’re in a semi rural area and turkey vultures are a way of life here.

My most sincere thanks to the beautiful and talented Vonne (RavenSoul) for her inspiration and encouragement in getting us to take this journey with her!!!! Thank you, sweetie!!!!! RavenSoul

It’s 9:58 pm and I haven’t eaten since a half a mini bagel with low fat cream cheese and a cup of green tea passed between my teeth this am. So, yes I AM hungry!!! LOL!!!

the original of the vultures:


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  • Scott Bricker
    Scott Brickerover 5 years ago

    woooo…you have a spooky side…heheheh
    very cool image, nice effects!

  • … laughing … you have NO IDEA how I tried to do something chirpy cheerful with these layers, but these daggone vulture shots kept calling my name!!!! hehe

    – Lois Bryan

  • Randall Scholten
    Randall Scholtenover 5 years ago

    This is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!! Beautiful work!

  • REALLY???? Gadzooks … it even creeps ME out!!! LOLOL!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • LeslieBattjes
    LeslieBattjesover 5 years ago

    yep…definitely spooky…love it, Lois!

  • Bless your heart, Leslie … thank you … it took nerve on my part to hit the save button on this baby!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 5 years ago

    WOW!! this is brilliant and LOVE the text tips !! awesome work

  • thanks soooo much, Maggie!!!! I learned SO MUCH by doing this for this particular challenge!!!! I swear … just the doing of it … and the fooling around was SUCH a HOOT!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • budrfli
    budrfliover 5 years ago

    exciting journey! love it!

  • That’s IT!!! That’s IT EXACTLY!!!!! HIGH FIVE!!! LOL!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Scott Bricker
    Scott Brickerover 5 years ago

    how ‘bout some kinda creepy music vid & submit to MIA, this is really cool, didn’t realize it was camera based at first…great technique on the texture…wish I could do this stuff!

  • Thanks, Scott!! That’s not a bad idea!!! Something from Michael Jackson’s old “Thriller” album??? LOL!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • chijude
    chijudeover 5 years ago

    You can almost hear your mind ticking!

  • LOL!!! Thank you!!! Problem is, I did several of these … and several with different shots of the birds … so when I was doing the write – up, I was really scratching my little punkin’ head!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 5 years ago

    wow, Lois, sounds like complected work. Great result, and thank for all this description

  • Hiiii Luda, hon!!!! Well, sort of but not really??? There was just a lot of it … then I kept slapping more into the mix … I know you can do this kind of thing … you are sooooo talented!!!! Thank you!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    What a beautiful image, Lois!!!!!! I admire your creativity!!!!!

  • thank you so much, Lori!!!! It’s just for fun!!! LOL!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Tama Blough
    Tama Bloughover 5 years ago

    Beautiful color – nice work!

  • Thank you very much, Tama!!!! It was amazing what the different moves did to the colors!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

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