Posted on Feb.06, 2011, under Automotive

(Nikon D700, 70-300 at 210mm, ISO 200, Exposure 1/125 sec @ f/5.3)

I recently received an e-mail from Gary Grobson, a photographer and retired architect who had some nice comments about my web site. Of course I had to check out his web site as well and I was quite impressed by his work. One of the areas I really found fascinating was his Circles gallery. I really liked the interesting shapes and forms found in these images. I asked him how these image were created and he sent me a Photoshop action which he uses to create these images. If you haven’t seen these before, the images are created by taking a square crop and using the Photoshop Polar Coordinates filter a couple of times to create the circular image. Naturally I had to play around with some of my images to see what I could come up with.

These images are fun to create. It’s interesting to play around with different sections of an image to see what can be created. After a while you start to get a feeling for what will work and what won’t. Things with lines tend to work well. Text can also add some interesting elements. I’m still learning what works and what doesn’t and I’ll be posting some additional attempts from time to time.

This image was created from one that I took at the 2010 Concours d’Elegance held at Meadowbrook Hall in Rochester Hills, Michigan. The raw shot didn’t really do much for me, but I thought the ‘circle’ process came up with something interesting. I used the basic action to create the circular image and then did a couple flips and rotations to change the way the text was displayed. I added an additional border to create the framed image.

Love to hear your comments. Thanks!

Copyright © 2011 James W. Howe – All rights reserved.

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