Where does this image come from?

Catching Lightning in a bottle

I first saw this image about 10 years ago. I’m not sure, but I think it was on the user manuals for the 3D package, Maya. Today, I came across it again, and I was reminded of how much I like it. I can’t seem to find a high res version, or any information on where it came from.

If anyone has any info about this image, please drop a comment on this post.

UPDATE: Thanks go out to Jarret for leaving a comment with a possible origin of the image. It was used on the cover of a book called Digital wizardry : creative Photoshop techniques, published in 1998. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this book, and I’m almost certain I saw the image prior to 1998, so I’m wondering if this was the first usage, or if it was created for something else. If anyone else has any info, let me know.

11 thoughts on “Where does this image come from?”

  1. I too remember that image, and I also cannot recall what it was from. Now it is bothering me as well. Like, really bugging me. Thanks a lot, man. ;) When you figure it out, please post it here, or email me!

  2. The image comes from Digital wizardry : creative Photoshop techniques by Bryan Allen.
    It is the cover shot, thought is was really cool too.

  3. Yes, I have the book. It’s by Bryan Allen and details how the picture was constructed right from the original photos onwards. I don’t know much about Photoshop myself, but my wife says the book is a bit wordy.

  4. I also saw this on a cover of a british magazine(late 90’s) that I bought in the states. fortean times? I actually cut out this cover out and have been looking for it since. thx!

  5. Wow. I’ve been looking for this for years … first saw it on a greeting card bought in suburban Chicago.

  6. This was also an add campain by unigraphics solutions in the late 80’s early 90’s an engineering softare firm now knows as siemens plm softare.

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