by Jim Zuckerman
Many of my students in my classes at Betterphoto have turned in assignment photos relating to Halloween, so I thought I’d do my first Halloween picture for today’s blog. I’ve photographed outrageous faces all over the world. Some are painted wildly, some are adorned with things from the jungle, some masked, and some have had all kinds of objects stuck through their noses, lips and ears. But I’d never taken pictures of the bizarre little monsters that walk around the residential areas of America every October 31 asking for candy.
Yesterday I went to a costume contest looking for ghouls and monsters, and I found many. The one you see here was my favorite. Not content with merely a straight rendition of him (or possibly her), I used Photoshop to combine this ultra bizarre costume with an explosion I’d taken at an airshow. I adjusted the opacity of the floating layer to about 50%, and then used the Buzz Simplifier filter to make the image painterly.
I recently bought the Buzz filter and I love it. It's a quick and efficient way to apply a painterly technique on a photo. It is available from a company in England, it costs about $108. It can be purchased and downloaded on-line. I have found this filter especialy effective on autumn colors as well as classic architecture. As a startling contrast to the Halloween monster photo, I am also including two other images I just did with Buzz -- a dramatic maple tree and a classic shot of Venice, Italy.
Here is a link where I bought the filter, should you be interested: http://www.skydancers.com/_fo2pix/buzzpro2pc.html