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N 9 B 93 C 8 E Dec 6, 2019 F Dec 6, 2019
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Chrysanthemum.

A lot of drowning going on here :)

This is another pic of the tub of Chrysanths that are currently blooming, taken in November after a lot of heavy rain.

The full flower is about two inches so we are less than that in this image.

Thanks for taking the time to look. I hope you enjoy the image! Happy Friday Flora :)

[Handheld in daylight.
Developed in Capture One for colour and a bit of selective work sharpening the main flower and taking down the background and some other less-interesting bits.
Processed in Affinity Photo.
Horizontal flip and cropped wide and short (not quite 16:9 because that didn't work).
Curves in LAB mode to strengthen and rebalance the colour.
White balance to warm it up a bit.
Sharpening using mainly High Pass/Linear Blend but a bit of Unsharp Mask too (High Pass was safer for this one).
Dark vignette just in the corners.]

Tags:   bright Chrysanthemum drops drowning flower Freitagsblümchen Friday Flora petal pink rain wet close up macro

N 49 B 1.0K C 30 E Dec 2, 2019 F Dec 2, 2019
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I’ll leave it to you to divine what it is this time.

For Macro Mondays Red theme.

This idea has been lurking in my mind for quite a while now. That’s actually more impressive than it sounds as I am pretty convinced there is only room in there for two or three of them at any one time.

So an experiment. And you are the unwitting victim. Err... sorry.

As usual the endpoint wasn’t quite what I imagined but not far off this time, and quite a bit was discovered along the way.

While I was trying to put it all together I was reflecting (oops, sorry about the pun) about the paucity of options the modern diviner has these days. I mean, chicken entrails can not be had in modern supermarkets for love nor money.

And the advent of teabags has caused havoc. You really can’t say convincingly to a client “just hang on a moment while I rip open your teabag and we'll see what it says”. Gone are the days when you just swirled the Broken Orange Pekoe at the bottom of the porcelain and looked mystical and faraway…

And so that just leaves (excuse the pun... again) crystal balls...

Thank you for taking the time to look. I hope you enjoy the sweet kiss of the lipstick. Happy Macro Mondays :)

[Tripod mount; remote trigger; manual focus. My wonderful (aka cheap) A3 LED lightbox under two red acetate, reflector-patterned sheets (with a slight crack between); red card background.
The crystal ball (only the bottom half of it this visible in the top half of the image, the outer faint circle) on its carrier is 3 inches across, so cropped to less than this.
Developed in DxO Photolab 3 for colour and reduced clarity. Hefty Prime noise reduction.
Processed in Affinity Photo, reducing Clarity twice to soften everything and then sharpened with USM and two layers of High Pass/Linear Blend masking out the darker background to reduce noise.
Inpainting (healing) to get rid of blemishes, dust and stray reflections.
Dark vignette.]

Tags:   close up grid lips lipstick macro Macro Mondays red reflection smile

N 446 B 63.2K C 38 E Dec 1, 2019 F Dec 1, 2019
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Leaves in autumn.

Just a quick play with the paint pots for Sliders Sunday.

I think I must be a bit tired today because nothing seemed to be working. This was the point at which I gave up, lol.

Although it's always delightful to have comments I'm aware that I have not been around to reply as I should, so don't feel obliged to comment on this one. But thanks anyway :)

Thank you for taking the time and having the patience to look :) Happy Sliders Sunday!

[Taken with a camera. Mangled in Topaz. Published by a bear with very little brain left, and quite probably not much to start with in any case :) ]

Tags:   leaves Sliders Sunday Topaz Studio

N 55 B 1.1K C 36 E Nov 30, 2019 F Nov 30, 2019
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Fireworks.

Every year the village runs one of the major firework displays in the locality. Entry is free (which is unusual around here) and there is a collection for several charities. Much beer is also served by the village brewery!

I can see the fireworks display from upstairs in my house over the rooftops opposite, and every year I watch from the warmth and comfort, often with a glass of red wine… The luxuries of country living :)

So for about twenty minutes annually I practice my fireworks photography. I learn a bit every time. The basic technique I use is to shoot with manual focus and shutter speed on Bulb (so holding the shutter button down keeps the shutter open), and wait for something to happen and a bit then release it. It’s important to manually focus (near to infinity) beforehand otherwise the camera gets very unhappy. Rinse and repeat. For twenty minutes.

The perfect firework explosion flower is a rarity and arrives by chance rather than skill (though you can usually see the mortars going up beforehand for the big ones and get ready). In fact everything happens by chance.

The main problems are smoke (particularly if the air is damp) and multiple fireworks competing with each other. This year I also learnt that I need to check the focus regularly as I lost about half the shots when the focus got knocked off somehow :(

In previous years I discovered that, even at best, my firework pictures looked much like everyone else's (prolific) good ones. So I started experimenting with moving the camera while taking the shot.

A whole new world of fun and curiosity exploded before me like a firework flower… It’s kind of light painting I guess, blurring the fire trail across the sensor, and some amazingly complex and indecipherable concoctions emerge. Here is one from this year.

This is one of the more interesting ones. It's a single shot and in just under a second you can see about six or seven mortars in various stages of exploding (three main ones to maturity). You can even play spot-the-tree in the foreground, if you are so minded :)

The motion of the camera records the linear history of each explosion as the camera moves from side to side. If you decrypt this one, for the firework on the left the camera was going left, for the one on the right the camera was moving right and the one in the middle a bit of both. I think. Maybe... So you get an overall exploding from the middle effect.

This is for the Smile on Saturday group’s Motion Blur theme today. I hope it counts as it’s more a smeared light source than a reflected light blur :( I thought it might be something different to add the collection of super images that have already been posted. A theme to enjoy if ever there was one :)

Thank you for taking the time to look. I hope you enjoy the image. Happy Smile on Saturday!

[Handheld with small movements of the camera; manual pre-focus; manual shutter on Bulb.
Developed in Lightroom, cropping and rotating slightly.
Increased exposure but reduced shadows and blacks to get rid of the smoke.
Bumped saturation and vibrancy to make the most of the colour.
Clarity made little difference.
Into Affinity Photo. I tried the usual triumvirate of sharpening adjustments and the best one this time was the High Pass/ Linear Blend combination which tends to be good with long edges and lines.
The colour was ramped aggressively using a Curves adjustment in LAB mode and increasing the gradients of the A and B channel lines. The opacity of this layer was reduced to about 40%, which adds to the complexity of the colours.
Finally, I added a Maximum Blur adjustment blending using Saturation mode which added to the saturation (just messing around really, but recorded here for posterity lol)]

Tags:   blur colour fireworks ICM motion blur Smile on Saturday NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S nikon z 6

N 23 B 394 C 8 E Nov 27, 2019 F Nov 28, 2019
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Chrysanthemum.

Last year we bought these Chrysanthemum plants at a local nursery. They were pretty. Then they appeared to die, barely lingering on through the winter. They were left in their pots, mainly because we didn’t have the time to weed them out.

Then they started growing into green bushes several feet across. And in October just as everything was getting gloomy and dying off they produced myriads of flower buds… which opened to flowers. And what a cheery (if slightly deranged) sight they are in November.

I have an extended, part-time project to explore taking images of flowers and processing them into black and white. Colour so often dominates our appreciation of flowers I find it’s interesting to explore them without colour and see what is left. Quite a lot is the early evidence - all shapes and textures...

This is for the Thursday Monochrome group today.

Thank you for taking the time to look. I hope you enjoy some November flowers! Happy Monochrome Thursday :)

[Developed in Capture One for a good colour range (the flowers are deep pink, about 2 inches across), and brightness.
Processed in Affinity Photo using Nik filters.
Firstly Color Efex to add a Classic Soft Focus effect.
Then Silver Efex for the B&W conversion starting from the Fine Art preset.
Quite a lot of work using control point selections to brighten the centre of the main flower, and the flowers and buds on the lower left.
A bit of a dark vignette and some toning (based on a bluey-maroon colour). I love toning B&Ws. Too much. Perhaps I’ll grow up someday. (Don’t wait around, lol.)
Finally a bit of sharpening in Photo (USM), a bit of desaturation because I’d overcooked the toning in Efex, and a bit more tweaking shadows and highlights. I was going for a brooding low key look.
Also quite a bit of inpainting (aka healing brush) to removed white pollen specs everywhere.]

Tags:   B&W Chrysanthemum close-up Donnerstagsmonochrom flower macro monochrome petals Thursday Monochrome toned


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