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© Sybille Sterk
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I took this image of the shells yesterday when I took some other still life images for photo manipulations I have planned. I’ve tried a few times to get the perfect combination of shells and the light falling on them just right and this time it worked (imho) perfectly.

The original image is pretty but it lacks the drama of the edited one. I added water reflections, textures, the splashes, colour adjustments and highlights/shadows to create the drama. (You can see the original on my blog:

All images/textures/brushes my own or bought. Edited with Photoshop.

I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonalmost 2 years ago

    Lovely!!! :)

  • Thank you Wendy. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Melinda Potter
    Melinda Potteralmost 2 years ago

    This is so nice Sybille. What kind of surface are they on? Is that salt? I really like the water texture combined with this still life arrangement. It works well

  • Thanks Melinda. :-) The original surface was the back of a chest of drawers which I’d used for previous shots for another image (coming soon LOL). I overlaid the water texture and a couple of grungy textures and used brushes (from obsidian dawn, both water brushes) to add the splashes and accentuate the waves. You can see the original shot on my blog

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Pat Moore
    Pat Moorealmost 2 years ago

    Great creation Sybille!!!

  • Many thanks Pat.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • debidabble
    debidabblealmost 2 years ago

  • Linda Lees
    Linda Leesalmost 2 years ago

    22 March 2013

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesoralmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful!! :)

  • tori yule
    tori yulealmost 2 years ago

    Congratulations! Gorgeous work, Sybille
    View your feature here and join me in celebrating our love of Nautical
    March 2013

  • MotherNature
    MotherNaturealmost 2 years ago

    This is absolutely beautiful Sybille – I love shells! Congratulations on your feature in NAUTICAL – FAVE:>)

  • Sarah Vernon
    Sarah Vernonalmost 2 years ago


  • Lissywitch
    Lissywitchalmost 2 years ago

    lovely work Sybille

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