Art, photography, Photojournalism

Snuggling on the Windswept Beach at South Padre Island

Couple snuggling under an umbrella on the beach at South Padre Island, TX

This couple found an isolated spot on the windswept beach at South Padre Island, Texas where they could enjoy the soft salt air on a warm winter day under the vivid blue sky.

 

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Abstract, Art, photography, Photoshop

Church in the Clouds

San Juan Capistrano composite rendered in Photoshop CS5

This began as a photograph of the church at Mission San Juan Capistrano in San Antonio, TX. I converted the photo to a crosshatch sketch, added a mirrored image of cirrus clouds from my library of cloud photos, a blue background and some white highlights to create a church floating in a surreal sky. It is both more and less of the original image, as well as more and less of the image in my mind. I built the final illustration on 5 or 6 layers in Photoshop CS5 in about an hour or so.

 

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Art, photography

Patterns, Textures, Shapes and Forms in the Sand

Pattern in the sand at South Padre Island, TX.

An unintentional visual theme developed itself during the day while I explored the dunes at South Padre Island, Texas. Some of the photos look as if they could have been taken from the space station, others produce close-up silhouettes of plants in their shadows. A couple of the photos show the sand being blown across the frame; you can almost feel the sting as the wind whips it into your skin.

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