Covid Creativity: 21Nov2021

by Milo A Smith

The Glengarry EncorePhoto Club meets weekly online during Covid.  I was showing an early morning shot of a pair of dandelion fluff balls. Club member François Desjardins suggested I turn it into a shot resembling fireworks at night.

Original Puffball Image

I put the puffball image into a lower layer in Photoshop, put in a black layer as the top layer and used Blend-If to bring the light pixels up through the black. I then made the image black and white to remove residual colour.

Puffballs in the Night Sky

I then applied a Gradient Map to give the “fireworks” some colour but, of course, had to deal with the dark blue sky. 

“Fireworks” in a Blue Sky

So, I did the layering trick again and brought the light pixels (yellow) up through the black top layer.

“Fireworks” in the Night Sky

Come on Collectif members, show us your work! Send JPG images of work completed since March 2020 to with up to 100 words per image describing what you did, materials used, inspiration, etc. Maybe share how you’re feeling more than a year into the Covid experience & how/if creativity helps. 

Give us informative, inspiring show & tell. Writers, send us poetry, lyrics, a short piece or excerpt and try to include a suitable illustration of some sort. For all images please include size (height by width), title & media. Thank you!


  1. OMG! this is great Milo. And I love that you showed the process and progress. Very inspiring in the idea of the creative mind.


  2. These look amazing Milo!
    I love your club members idea to turn your puff balls into fireworks at night.
    So cool to see your process and what you then did with the images!
    Images 3 and 4 are my faves.


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