Starting with my photo of the Westfield Mall dome, I stayed up most of the night and worked the image in Photoshop. A trick with this kind of thing is knowing when to stop. But here’s a resting point:
While it’s no complete roadmap, I used these channel inversions to create studies to use to eventually build up my more complicated images:
I piled the studies on top of one another as layers. I combined the layers, using primarily Difference and Exclusion blending modes.
I layer masked the results and hand painted in the colors to begin to go shag-o-delic, baby:
With the psychedelic in place, I could combine it with itself (and play slightly with sizing) to come up with image shown at the beginning of this story.
From top to bottom: Time Is No Watchmaker’s Dial, Dome Studies (1 through 4), Dome Psychedelic, Watchmaker Dial (A and B).
Related story: Oakland of My Mind also shows my progression from straight photos to fantastic imagery.