Richard Pahl--Full Of Surprises
The one thing that you can
count on when you see Richard Pahl's images is that you're
not gonna believe what you're looking at. The reason is that he's
so darned clever with what he's done/doing, you're just
never sure where reality ends and fantasy comes into being. He creates
such a perfect blend, it just blows your mind.
His digital refinishing and
creation abilities are mostly performed in two programs--Photoshop and
Bryce-3D. Let's look at some of his "outlandish" images
and try to determine what was going through his mind as he set out to
accomplish these unbelievable tasks.
Then, it was a simple matter
of adding the framing to the design using layers, selections, and gradients
in Photo-shop. I just learned how to construct a simple straight frame
around my images. Viewing this frame was (for me) almost impossible. He
says otherwise, of course.
The "sails" were
created in Bryce, as was the desert. The entire image is a figment of
Pahl's fertile imagination. I know that I would never have thought
about anything like that, but then I've never given much thought
to what can be accomplished in the deep, dark back recesses of one's
He then duplicated the bird
layer, flipped it over and matched the two about 4" above the feet,
so that it would appear as if the bird were standing in water. (It was
actually standing on a fence when the picture was created.)
"One of the keys to this
image," Pahl says, "is its simplicity. There's simply
a total of six spheres. If you take any one of them out of the composition,
the picture loses it."
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