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Here you will find interesting, strange, or just plain weird images.  They are based on pictures that I have taken with my digital camera.  Some have been modified by using a graphics editor (Paint Shop Pro, click here to learn more), others are just strange things that I have done with my camera.  This is all just fun stuff that I experiement with and want to share with you.  If you have any interesting ideas or comments, please send me an email.
 
 
Facial Asymmetry 
 
Normal
 
Left side x2
 
Right side x2
I once saw a series of pictures in a physiology book that demonstrated how the human face is not perfectly symmetrical.  I always thought this was interesting, so one day I decided to do an experiment with my own face.  I took a picture of my face, paying close attention to keeping my head as straight as possible (Normal picture above).  I then divided the picture into left and right halves of my face.  I took the left half, made a mirror image of it and then stitched the two "left" halves together (Left side x2 picture).  I repeated this procedure with the right side of my face (Right side x2 picture).  This produced very interesting results, and I have to admit there is very little that is symmetrical about my head.  Four years of competitive swimming in which I always breathed to my right caused muscular hypertrophy on the left side of my neck--makes the Left side x2 picture look like a "Jock."  When looking at these three pictures, do they all look like the same person?  Or do you think they look like pictures of brothers?  What do you think, I would love to hear your input.  I would also be interested in seeing your own Facial Assymetry experiments.
 
 
 
 
Subject with new Background 
 
 
Have you ever taken a picture of something interesting, but the background was not what you wanted? 
 
With a photo editing program you can fix this problem.  Here is an example of taking a steer standing in a corral and placing him in a green pasture.  Although not perfect (it was the first time I did this type of digital manipulation), it is a good example of what can be done. 

Basic Procedure: 
1) SELECT OBJECT 
Use a freehand selection tool to select & copy the object (e.g. the steer).  When tracing around the object don't get too close to its edges, give it a generous border (i.e. overcut) which you can get rid of later. 

2) PASTE OBJECT ON BACKGROUND 
Paste the object (e.g. steer) as a new "layer" on the background (e.g. the green pasture).  Resize the object and move it to the appropriate position. 

3) CLEANUP OBJECT 
Use a "Cloning Tool" to remove the excess border (overcut) around the object.  This is actually the most complex and time consuming part of the procedure.  The cloning tool will allow you to replace the overcut border of the object with the underlying background. 

And that is basically all there is to it. 

To learn more about how to use Paint Sho Pro to manipulate digital images click here

 
 
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there is more to come.
 
   
 
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