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N 8 B 86 C 16 E Feb 16, 2020 F Feb 15, 2020
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Frost on a window.

Sometimes I have ideas about how to process an image and yet have no real concept of how it is going to turn out. So I put a bit of time and effort into implementing the idea and fiddling about with it trying to get it to work. And then I get to the end result and think “I really don’t like that enough to make the effort seem worthwhile.”

So it was with this.

The idea was relatively simple. This is an image take a month or so ago in the last frosty spell of one of my car windows. I thought it looked like a tropical forest, so I thought I would just colour it to make it look more like my imagined world.

So it was processed in Photolab unexcitingly and coloured using gradient mapping in Corel Painter and a bit more colour work in Affinity.

That’s the short story. In reality it was a really awkward pain. I’m not entirely sure why - colour profiles seemed to be mucking things up. I should have stuck to gradient mapping in Affinity. I chose Painter as I have a library of pre-defined gradients there.

And the result? Mweh… take it or leave it, I think. Still it’s all I have time for this week :(

In-camera version in first comment as per usual, so you can gasp in amazement at the difference (though I appreciate you are more likely to yawn... ;) ).

Thank you for taking the time to look. I hope you enjoy the image. Happy Sliders Sunday :)

Tags:   Corel Painter frost gradient map ice patterns HSS Sliders Sunday

N 21 B 207 C 9 E Jan 18, 2020 F Feb 13, 2020
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Fruzzded leaf on lawn...

... well lawn is a bit of a misnomer. As you can probably see my front lawn is a moss patch really.

This was taken in mid-January during one of the short frosts we had.

It's another experiment really, as part of my 100x monochrome therapy. The leaf is pink and the moss is green so I reckoned you could isolate the leaf in black and white using a colour filter (a pink one). It kind of worked.

Much Tweaking ensued about in Silver Efex trying to get lots of detail and the leaf to stand out. There are two vignettes at work too, dark and light of different sizes to create a frame like impression. Slight selenium tinting.

The image is all about detail and the geometry I guess. Which is not a suprise considering how my brain works (when it does :) ).

Thank you hugely for taking the time to look. I hope you enjoy the image. Happy Thursday Monochrome and 100x :)

Tags:   cold fallen frost frozen lawn leaf Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 veins 100 x: The 2020 Edition 100x:2020 Image 8/100

N 32 B 300 C 14 E Feb 12, 2020 F Feb 12, 2020
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Rose.

This is another image from the rose I took for the last Sliders Sunday, but a couple of days later when the flower was further out. It's a focus stack of ten images captured automatically by the camera as before.

For the Wednesday Macro group, and also my 100x Monochrome project.

I wanted to concentrate on the central petal area but also have the symmetry off-centre to create interest. But where to put the centre then?

Here the apex of the flower is placed in a position defined by a Golden Spiral, that is a spiral based on the Golden Ratio that occurs so often in nature (easy to do in Affinity because there is a crop overlay you can use). Quite a small crop of the original resulted but it works OK I think.

The rest of the magic was in Nik Silver Efex starting with one of my own presets from an earlier piece and tweaking from there, which is a way of saying I don't know what it does, lol. But if you want the preset just ask me :)

Thank you for taking the time to look. I hope you enjoy the image. Happy Mittwochsmakro :)

Tags:   contrast Golden Spiral macro Macro Wednesday Mittwochsmakro rose Silver Efex soft toned 100 x: The 2020 Edition 100x:2020 Image 7/100 nikon z 6 105mm f/2.8

N 23 B 532 C 27 E Feb 9, 2020 F Feb 9, 2020
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Rose.

This is one of a bunch of yellow roses bought for my wife by another man. She seemed extraordinarily pleased. [Note to self: I must buy her more flowers. Not only would my romantic score be raised, I might get fed more… and they’re good to photograph!! ;) ]

Roses have wonderful shapes and colours… and multi-folded petals. Quite my favourite flower. [Another note to self: Peter, you always say that about any flower you happen to be looking at. Or tree for that matter. Get a grip.]

The trouble with photographing them is that they are a very cliched subject. It’s difficult to get an original take on them.

And this isn’t. As ever, time is the thief of originality.

Still I like the gradients in tones and colour, and the swirling concentricity, so worth a quick play for Sliders Sunday.

I decided to avoid the Topaz playpen this week. This one is a creation in Corel Painter using paper textures and the screen effect (also using a paper texture), then with textural embossing using a lighting effect.

Painter is perhaps the most sophisticated digital painting application on the market, aimed at real media artists (I’m not one), and photo-painting photographers (aspirational maybe) or pretty colour messing abouters (definitely). It’s a playpen I have yet to fully explore…

I’ll include a link to one of the originals (it’s a focus merge stack of ten images taken using the focus shift shooting mode in the camera, stacked in Affinity Photo).

Thank you for taking the time to look. I hope you enjoy the image! Happy Sliders Sunday :)

[Indoors with muted side lighting from a window.
Tripod; remote release; 10-frame focus shift shooting.
Processed in Affinity with focus merge from raw files, crop, dark vignette; Unsharp Mask sharpening and a Levels adjustment to rescue a full tonal gradient. A fair bit of Inpainting to remove the spots and blemishes on the petals.
Corel Painter fiddling using the Screen effect (as in screen printing, not the blend mode) using one paper texture, then a second paper texture applied using Apply Texture. At some stage I must have messed with the colours using blend modes too.
Finally an Express Texture lighting filter (white light from top left).]

Tags:   Corel Painter flower HSS paper petal rose screen Sliders Sunday

N 9 B 141 C 9 E Feb 8, 2020 F Feb 9, 2020
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This is a version based on the straight yellow version (Amor Amarillo) converted to high monochrome in Nik Silver Efex with blue toning. Strong white vignette.

This is my favourite of the set not least because it contributes to my 100x monochrome :)

For more information see Layered Light.

Tags:   nikon z 6 105mm f/2.8 100 x: The 2020 Edition 100x:2020 Image 6/100


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