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When Mother Nature and Photoshop Collide | Wildlife Composites by John Wilhelm

By Hanssie on January 14th 2014

Many of us photographers love to shoot, but really loathe the post processing. Being in front of a glaring computer screen, editing for hours upon endless hours seems torturous for some. For John Wilhelm, a self proclaimed, “Photoholic,” the process from image to Photoshop to final product takes about 5 hours per photo and is so addicting that he goes through withdraws if he doesn’t go through the process for more than 2-3 days.

Playing with composites makes Wilhelm’s photos unique in their humor and frivolity and Wilhelm revels in the creation of another fantastical portrait. Combining his photos with creativity and some Photoshop magic, Wilhelm lets his imagination run wild (literally) in contrast to the day to day tasks in his full time job as an IT director. Being completely self taught in compositing, Wilhelm scoured the internet for its treasure trove of information, read books and watched tutorials (like this one). With his added talent and attention to detail (check out some of the intricate fur on some of the animals in the following images), these hilarious and fun wildlife portraits emerged to entertain and delight.

[REWIND: Compositing in Photoshop | Tuesdays With Lauri]

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Whether it’s a 20ft tall buffalo being offered a bouquet of flowers by Wilhelm’s daughter or an ice skating bird, one can see Wilhelm’s love for his art and his humor shine through his photographs.

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Wilhelm also takes photos of his family – his wife and two adorable daughters. See more of his work on his website and his Facebook page, “John is a Photoholic.”

CREDITS: All photographs shared by John Wilhelm are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

[via @Daily Mail/Phlearn]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    So funny.

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  2. Graham Curran

    A camel smoking? Why isn’t that flagged as not suitable for children?

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  3. Matt Walsh

    Cool take on nature photography. I like when artists give animals personalities.

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  4. Parri

    These are fantastic. As is the work on his site. How is this guy not working professionally?

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  5. David Liang

    The bears posing with the moose wins it for me…I love that image.

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  6. Anette Mossbacher

    Just love the images, very well done. Great

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