Smoke and Mirrors by Tarrby

I had a go at taking some smoke pictures last week and I was surprised at the variety of shapes you can see if you really look hard, This one struck me as I could see an eye quite clearly in the original shot, so I duplicated it and flipped it horizontally so that there were 2 eyes and I was amazed to see two pictures emerge from the smoke.
I don’t know if you can see them, but to me there is a cat’s head at the top centre and below that a big face that could be a lion.
I overlayed a gradient to get the final effect and the yellow has highlighted the “mane”.
I had great fun playing with it in CS5, hope you like it.

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  • Tarrby
    Tarrbyover 2 years ago

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 2 years ago

    Cool shapes, I see a cat with a human female body!

  • Thanks Cindy, isn’t it amazing that people see different things, I missed the female body at first, (and that’s not like me,Lol)

    – Tarrby

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 2 years ago

    Brilliant. Yes I can see the cats head and I can also see the …ahem….bosom…as suggested by Cindy.

  • Thanks Colin, fancy me not seeing the “ahem…..bosom”, must go to Specsavers!

    – Tarrby

  • Lou-Garew
    Lou-Garewover 2 years ago

    This is fantastic work…and I do see the shapes, too!

  • Many thanks Lou, glad you like it.

    – Tarrby

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanover 2 years ago

    Love it!

  • Thank you so much Heather, it was fun doing it.

    – Tarrby

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 2 years ago

    Awesome work Brian!!.. I can also see what you have described quite plainly, quite amazing!!

  • Thank you very much Kate, it was the first time I had tried to do smoke and I’m really pleased that this turned out so well, I must have another try, B. xx

    – Tarrby

  • Carol Bleasdale
    Carol Bleasdaleover 2 years ago

    So many images in one image Brian! Amazing!

  • Than you Carol, it’s quite fun to do and when you find something in the smoke patterns it feels quite weird, but very rewarding.

    – Tarrby

  • KBritt
    KBrittover 2 years ago

    Very cool Brian!! ~ kim

  • Thanks very much Kim, thought I’d try something different.

    – Tarrby

  • MarieG
    MarieGover 2 years ago

    What an amazing image Brian…wonderfuly creative and sooo cool! I can easily see that the execution of this piece must have been a lot of fun…! love it!

  • Thank you very much Marie, it was the first time I had tried taking pictures of smoke and I really enjoyed it.

    – Tarrby

  • sethworx
    sethworxover 2 years ago

    Excellent and stunning capture!

  • Thank you very much.

    – Tarrby

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