The making of a Princess Castle


If you missed my last post, my wife and I just got back from a wonderful vacation to Disney.  This image was captured hand-held at ISO 3200.  The ever changing color and lights on the castle are really quite beautiful.  A “straight” image didn’t do it for me, so I decided to play with Totally Rad Dirty Pictures and FlyPaper Textures.  If you are interested in how Dirty Pictures works, take a look at my video tutorial here.  You might also look at this tutorial as it adds more helpful information.  Clicking on the highlighted links will take you to the webpages for Totally Rad and Flypaper.  Discounts are available if you wish to purchase either.  Just go to my discounts page and use the associated code.

Here is the eveloution of this creation.  Below is the original capture.


Next I converted the image to B&W


Then I inverted the B&W image to create this.


Then I used Totally Rad Dirty Pictures with a FlyPaper Texture to create this.


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  1. Gary Faulkner December 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    This is “totally rad”! You took a cutesy photo, great for the family scrap book, and made it more visionary thru your inner mind.

  2. Don Rosenberger December 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    Very nice and very creative JB!!

  3. Bonnie Rovere December 13, 2013 at 3:22 pm #


  4. Eli Ormsby December 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    You misspelled “castle”. Where’s your proofreader!! Lol

    • john8276 December 13, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

      At first I was like, huh, no I didn’t then I saw the one in the white box. Good catch son of the proofreader.

  5. Vicki DeVico December 13, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    John, I love the results here. Just want you to know that there is no discount code for Totally Rad! on your discount page. This is the second time I’ve checked but ended up purchasing it without a discount.

  6. Larry Richardson December 13, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    Having only recently met you and viewed your work, I’m impressed with your motivation to take a subject and present a more dramatic vision. Impressive!.

  7. Scott O December 13, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    Talk about outside the box! I have been going to Disneyland for 50 years and this is by far the most unique and spectacular image of the castle I have ever seen. Your vision never ceases to amaze me JB. I know this wasn’t your goal, but I would think Disney might be interested in selling this one in their high-end giclee store…

    • john8276 December 13, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

      Why thank you Mr. O! So you think I should contact Disney huh? Maybe this will be like my Maynard Ferguson story??

      • Scott Oberle December 13, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

        Lightening can strike twice in the same place…I think you should contact Disney for sure!

  8. Doug HAwkins December 14, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    This is awesome John, a fresh, new perspective!

  9. Dorine L December 16, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    Totally magical…thanks for the tutorial JB. Merry Christmas!

    • john8276 December 16, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

      You’re welcome Dorine. Merry Christmas to you too.

  10. Karl December 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    I have been fascinated about this technique especially adding the inversion step since you showed the image of the birches in one of your photo presentations. This one is magical as Dorine stated. I just tried my first try at this technique and put it in my blog today. You will be familiar with the setting.
    Hope you and your family had a very Merry Christmas.

  11. BT December 27, 2013 at 9:22 pm #


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