Lens-Artists Challenge #209 – Surreal

This week, our guest host Tracy (Reflections of An Untidy Mind) choose Surreal. Many of us may agree what she says, ‘ “Has the world gone mad?” It’s bizarre. Some might even say, ‘surreal'”.

The first one was clicked with my iPhone at Tokyo Aquarium. I found it in my archives.

The one below was captured at our local garden’s aquarium with my 13 Pro, no edits.

Some months ago, I learned to use one of Photoshop distortion features (Spherize) from Ann-Christine through one of her post.  Thank you, AC, for sharing! Here is the result:

This one was processed through PS twirl effect using one of my seascape photos. I’m happy with this effect :


A couple weeks ago, we were at the San Francisco airport. I really enjoyed walking through those artwork displays. I think the colorful mural says much about why we travel. 🙂

Thanks to Tracy for hosting this creative, fun theme. Click here to learn about Surrealism and enjoy her creative surreal images. We hope you’ll join us. 🙂

Special thanks to Andre My Blog-Solaner for his “Summer Vibes” theme. It was fun to see everyone’s responses.

Next week, Sarah Wilkie at Travel with Me, will host “Three Favorite Images”. Please visit her site.

52 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #209 – Surreal

  1. Very nice, Amy. I wonder how you created the swirl. Long ago, when I was using PS5, I used an addon from Adobe to create such things. But since that addon wasn’t published for PS6, I didn’t continue. 👍


    • Thank you, Tina. You’re right, I didn’t think about surreal when I click. I’m sure deleted a bunch images that could be used for this theme. 🙂


  2. These are a great fit to the challenge, Amy. I think our planet contains two worlds. The one we are all familiar with on land and the other below our seas. Aquariums give us a glimpse of the latter. I really love those first two otherworldly photos. The first is really dream-like and the second, well it is hard to believe that such bright colours exist together naturally. Beautiful. Great work with the spherizing and the twirl. I get a little dizzy looking at the leaf (?) while the swirl draws me eyes to the centre. It is really beautiful. I am so pleased you liked this challenge. Some of the previous challenges over the last couple of months I thought were a great way to limber up for this week’s task.

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    • Thank you, Tracy, for your thoughtful comment! Your theme gives us an opportunity to think out-of-the-box. At first, I didn’t think I had any images for the surreal. So glad you approved these fun photos.
      Appreciate you taking the time to show and teach us what we can create with some help from PS. 🙂

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