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The picture called Weavers was actually based on a B/W scanning of a whole weaver bird skin. I dumped the skin upside down in my flatbed scanner, and just scanned it as I have done so often with flies. The result can be seen here: a beautiful, detailed B/W 'photo' of a birdskin. The original was much larger and much more detailed.
I had scans of two different birds, both very beautiful. The birds were both fiery red and black/brown. unfortunately my scanner does not render 3D objects very well in color, so in order to get the reds into the picture I had to add them manually.
The original B/W picture was reduced in size and the colors were chosen and added in a photo retouch program. The resulting picture was larger than the one shown. This picture was then transposed several times on a large copy of the other B/W picture. The copies were made diferent grades of transparent and the result was the amazing range of red tones that you see in the finished picture. Maybe not as beautiful as the original... not the least like the original, but certainly as thrilling.

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