K’lee’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

08 Mar

K’lee L, over at Obzervashunal, has always showcased stunning imagery on a blog that covers photography, graphics, design and philosophical musings on life and nature.

His work often combines beautiful photography, overlaid with digital filters and effects, producing ethereal, other-worldly collages that produce a very distinctive, recognisable K’lee L “look” which I have admired since first discovering his blog a few years ago.

Today’s post is no exception; a striking and colourful treatment of a picture of a lion which, if you didn’t already click the first link, YOU CAN SEE HERE.

It’s a great piece of art but I felt that, given the introduction to the post, describing how the original photo came about, it would be nice to see a little more of the actual lion through the additional graphic artwork.
Obviously I’m a fine one to talk when it comes to mucking about with photos, so quite rightly K’lee took me to task and challenged me to come up with my own obscured composite picture (just for fun; this isn’t a matter of honour, pistols at dawn type of challenge) and of course I accepted.

I decided to do just that; make a composite image from various photos in my collection, almost entirely obscuring the base photograph by layering others over it, hopefully leaving just enough that the picture is discernible through the haze.

For the sake of completeness, I’m “showing my workings”, like they used to tell us to do at school.

Since Audrey is so fond of her starring role on the blog, here is the photo I started off with…


…to which I added a few layers of flowers…


…and then just played with this image until I was happy with the result…



…and here it is.


You might prefer the original, one of the steps in between, or none of the above, but I’m quite pleased with this quick first attempt at digital camera obscura and I shall continue to experiment with this kind of enigmatic photographic art in the not-too-distant future.

Thanks for the inspiration K’lee, and keep making life that little bit more beautiful with your Obzervashuns.

Over to you…


Posted by on March 8, 2016 in Arts, Blogging, Photography


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20 responses to “K’lee’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

  1. K'lee L.

    March 8, 2016 at 21:03

    Absolutely phenomenal, Dale! I really like what you did here and now have a much better understanding of what you would have liked to see me do with my graphic.

    Consider me on the hunt and in the process of re-creating my ‘cosmic’ king of the jungle! Well done and thanks for taking on the challenge!

    • dalecooper57

      March 8, 2016 at 21:46

      My pleasure. It was only a quick attempt, (it took about twenty minutes) but I shall certainly do more like this.

      • K'lee L.

        March 8, 2016 at 21:47

        Excellent! Good to hear it. I’ll do the same. We can have more challenges like this anytime you want…

      • dalecooper57

        March 8, 2016 at 21:49

        Ooh goodie, I’m a sucker for cross-pollination/collaborative projects.

      • K'lee L.

        March 8, 2016 at 22:15

        Really? So am I, just don’t do enough of them. Okay, I’m putting my second post together now so… shhhhhhhh!

      • dalecooper57

        March 8, 2016 at 22:17

        *whispers* Touché.

      • K'lee L.

        March 8, 2016 at 22:55

        Okay, you can shout now! It’s done and awaiting your comments, sir!

  2. Arcane Owl

    March 8, 2016 at 21:11

    Love it! Looks so cool! Do you mind sharing your secret with me…how did you do this? So nice….

    Have a great day!
    Arcane owl

  3. K'lee L.

    March 8, 2016 at 21:33

    Okay, Dale… looks like something foul happened with the send function on my tablet. Here’s what I said:

    I commented that I liked the second one best. I now realize I was choosing a version from the ‘not quite finished frames’ so I now say it’s the first to last image I like most.
    Well, there isn’t too much difference between the two other than the extra saturation and ‘fullness’ of the flower addition in the last image. I chose the first to last because it seems slightly more subtle in tone and coloration.What that does for me is to allow Audrey and her terrific smile to shine a bit more. I can’t help also imagining if the flowers surrounded her face… that could be something amazing too because that angle is very well done( I mean the photo).

    So, now it’s time for me to get on my ‘answer’ as it were… see you in a bit!

    • dalecooper57

      March 8, 2016 at 21:41

      Aha! There you are. Both your comments went to spam, I don’t know why.

      • K'lee L.

        March 8, 2016 at 21:43

        Ha! I knew I’d sent them and was about to try again… bizarre huh?

      • dalecooper57

        March 8, 2016 at 21:45

        Yeah, your comments are automatically approved usually, I have no idea why those got filtered.

      • K'lee L.

        March 8, 2016 at 21:46

        … I did say ‘brass balls’ in one… ? Could that be a no-no?

      • dalecooper57

        March 8, 2016 at 21:47

        Hahaha, have you read my blog, ?

      • K'lee L.

        March 8, 2016 at 21:48

        LOL. Good point and yeah, I certainly hope that wasn’t the reason!


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