This photo was inspired by Rich Lemonie‘s photograph in the December issue of Photoshop User, the magazine for members of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. I shot this image of an Atticus Atlas moth several years ago at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, in Faust Park in St. Louis County, a part of the Missouri Botanical Garden . I knew it was a moth, just not which kind, so I went to my go-to source, Google. Did you know there is a band named Atlas Moth? Neither did I, at least not until I clicked on the link and realized the site was not about a small flying creature.
I used a number of filters and adjustment masks to achieve a look I was happy with.
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