It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature

Back in the film days, when I was attending the Maryland Institute, College of Art, I created a series of upside-down images that were made by first shooting a photograph of urban architecture, then making a double-exposure by turning the camera upside-down and shooting the identical image creating a sort of optical illusion. This was tricky to do with a 35mm camera because in those days SLRs were designed to prevent accidental double-exposure.


flood.boschFlash forward to today and I saw how the opening title sequence of Amazon’s Bosch TV series uses a similar technique, although I’m doubting the cinematographer turned the camera upside down; instead the production company probably used digital techniques to produce Escher like effects.

I thought it might be fun to revisit my old technique, this time using the wonderfully innovative plug-in called Flood that’s available from Flaming Pear ($33) with some of the images shot in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Flood plug-in can be used to create all kind of realistic water effects too, as you can see an example of my old Jaguar XJ-S (I miss it’s style but not its problems) on my car photography website. But if you slide all of the water effects to zero, you can get the kind of reflections you see here.

Author: Joe Farace

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