Professional photographer Alex Hyner produces multi-layered photos sourced from thousands of images he’s taken of skies from all around the world.
Hyner usually utilizes anything in between 15 and 30 different photos in among his artpieces, and it can include moons, suns, birds, and jet-streams.
He tells PetaPixel about the complex procedure he utilizes to develop his striking and unusual artwork.
“When I start pulling in images, I try to have some foundation to build upon. For instance with ‘Party Skies’ which was made during the height of the pandemic, I was fantasizing about tropical environments, so I understood I wanted to bridge three island images of mine at the bottom and work my way as much as the sky.”
Hyner published his image, Celebration Skies, to Reddit where it received over 40,000 upvotes.
One commenter wrote: “I enjoy the color combination so much. The moon, lightning, and other little information in the piece really make it intriguing. The structure is also very strong as making use of line with color guides the eye around the piece.”
Hyner discusses that it is pieces like Celebration Skies that take the longest due to the fact that of the laborious preparation work selecting the locations in between the power lines.
“New sky selection tools in Adobe Photoshop help, however they don’t get me all the way there. When that action is completed, I comb through thousands of pictures I have actually shot because 2014 (when I got my first Canon) and pull the images that might go together.
“Then it takes perhaps a week or 2 of experimentation, screening numerous skies, moving shots around, erasing the whole thing, beginning once again, going outside for a walk, and after that lastly ending up. It can be a brain-scramble, however I like seeing the puzzle come together.”
Aside from the labyrinth pieces like Celebration Skies, Hyners likewise creates conceptual photos utilizing television and moons as themes.
“The television shots, which I’m personally fond of, are a blast to make. I pick a movie and after that loosely style the shot around not what the film has to do with, but what my perfect viewing scenario would be like. I established and play with a range of props and after that I actually take long exposure shots in total darkness and light whatever up close with a flashlight,” says Hyner.
“Then in Photoshop, I arrange of paint all the layers together. That’s how I accomplish that particular appearance.”
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Hyner, who resides in Los Angeles, utilizes a Canon 5D Mark IV to produce his works and says he finds his photography therapeutic and enjoys making whimsical images
“Eventually, I simply make images that I want to see. I tend not to ascribe suggesting to any of them,” he includes.
For more of Hyner’s work visit his site, Instagram, and Twitter.
Image credits: All images by Alex Hyner.