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Old Dec 20, 2011, 3:01 AM   #11
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OK, here are a few more -- flowers this time -- With these, I rotated the sphere once it was formed so it was oriented as I wanted, then selected the background and applied a 40 pixel Gaussian Blur to isolate the sphere from it's original background which I think makes it even more abstract (and it's really easy ).

I'm posting a before and after of each so you can see what I started with.

They don't have the metallic reflective look that is really the best part of some of these, but I still like the way they came out.

I tried one with a pic of my boy cat, and he was furious -- and forced me to delete it immediately!

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Old Dec 20, 2011, 5:37 PM   #12
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Here are a couple of my tries at this, two dragonflies and two flowers.







The last flower was a different approach. I manipulated the flower first in a kaleidoscope program and the turned it into a sphere. I did not bother to change the background as I liked it as is.



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Ooh, wow! These are just awesome! I love the kaleidoscope approach, but really, all of these are incredible. Scott's flowers are really cool, everyone is giving me even more ideas than I had before.

This is SO fun!

Here's a surfer forever surfing in a globe:



I love Scott's idea of the gaussian blur when you include the background. Here's a surf vortex:



Finally, one of my favorites so far - original picture taken last January:



I love Lou's dragonfly, the wings really came out nicely. And I think flowers work especially well.

Keep it up, I just love looking at what others come up with.
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Old Dec 23, 2011, 8:28 AM   #14
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By simply changing the fixed aspect ratio from say 40x40 t0 60x40 you get a nice oblong that will better fit a 4x6 format for printing.





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Cool! I'm going to have to come back and find this thread when I can find some time to play around. I really like these.

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Wow, I haven't had time to try any of these on my own, but the examples you have all posted here are truly mind-bending. This looks like it will be lots of fun on these cold winter evenings!
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