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N 8 B 134 C 9 E Jan 26, 2020 F Jan 26, 2020
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I've noticed previously that an image with lots of petal shapes forms great fodder for playing in the filter playpen, especially if you start with a black and white version as a beginning.

Well, that's my excuse anyway for using another paeony pic...

This is a version produced using Topaz Studio 2 for Sliders Sunday. It's based on the toned black and white version I'll publish separately. (See flic.kr/p/2ikisGx.)

Whether I prefer it to the B&W version seems largely dependent on the monitor I see it on: seen large on my best display which is colour corrected it's quite interesting. On other devices it's a bit of a mweh image.

Which I thought was a rather neat way of shifting the blame from my image to your monitor if you don't like it, lol.

I'll publish a link to the original image in the first comment so you can see how far we came, as I usually do for Sliders Sunday.

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

[Handheld in daylight.
Developed in Capture One, quite aggressively. Using the colour manipulation tools I took down the luminance of all the greens and cyans which knocked out the background pretty comprehensively (the flower is pink if you are not familiar with it). I have found this a much better way of removing the background than using masking, which can look very contrived (if you mask like I do anyway!).
Reduced Clarity to smooth it, and increase microstructure to sharpen the rest.
Processed in Affinity Photo with inpainting (aka blemish removal) to remove the straggly bits of the background.
Sharpened with High Pass/Linear blend.
Converted to B&W with Silver Efex, going for a darker look using a colour filter to get the right balance.
Mangled in Topaz Studio 2 starting from the MI Grunge preset tweaked with HSL adjustment layers added twice.]

Tags:   paeony peony Topaz Studio

N 6 B 87 C 6 E Jan 26, 2020 F Jan 26, 2020
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This is a monochrome (toned B&W) version of a paeony.

For a full description and a link to the in-camera original see the Sliders Sunday version at www.flickr.com/gp/pixelatedsky/DaPkAp .

This was created and published separately for my 100x monochrome project. I didn't think it was way out enough for the true Sliders Sunday spirit!

Thank you for taking the time to look. I hope you enjoy the image!

Tags:   paeony peony monochrome Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 toned 100 x: The 2020 Edition 100x:2020 Image 4/100

N 34 B 429 C 20 E Jan 24, 2020 F Jan 24, 2020
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Dying Dianthus…

I’m convinced that plants flower when they think they are about to die. That’s certainly true of my experience with houseplants, though I suspect they also wilt when they see me approaching!

This is a crazy Dianthus plant in my back garden. There are quite a few of these plants there but only this one doggedly thinks it’s mid-summer even during the frosty starts of a few days ago.

I have to blame the inspiration for this image on Flickr, and one or two people in particular who quite often take images of decaying flowers, which I love. So thank you!

This is for the Looking Close… on Friday group theme today Winter Flora (I think it's my first submssion to the group), and also for the Friday Flora group.

Thank you for taking the time to look. I hope you enjoy the image! Happy Looking Close… on Friday and Friday Flora!

[Handheld in daylight.
Developed in Capture One trying to get the light balance right and a bit of colour work to darken and blueify the greens (to add to the cold feeling), and lighten the reds and browns (but keeping the unsaturated look).
Processed in Affinity Photo for a bit more contrast work with Curves.
Sharpened with Unsharp Mask.
A Lighting Filter adjustment with a cone of white light from the lower middle to emphasise the flower.
Slight dark vignette.]

Tags:   carnation decay dying flower frost late macro over pink brown dianthus Looking close... on Friday! red wilt Winter Flora nikon z 6 Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED

N 20 B 368 C 23 E Jan 23, 2020 F Jan 23, 2020
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Frampton on Severn Tithe Barn Wall.

Tithes were medieval taxes, normally paid to the parish priest. A tenth of the produce of the land.

The tithes were often stored in large and impressive barns. There are over 200 such medieval barns in England.

Frampton is a village a few miles west of where I live, on the flood plain of the Severn River. It boasts the longest village green in England and was owned (and still is in part I believe) by the family of Henry the 2nd’s mistress. Not that I am name dropping of course…

Frampton tithe barn was built in the 15th century so, to put it in context, this building comfortably predates the European colonisation of America.

In those days buildings were often constructed using wattle and daub. A frame of woven wood (the wattle) was used to support a mud or plaster surfacing.

This barn wall seems to have wattle without the daub (you can tell I don’t really know what I am talking about lol). But it’s also the outside wall, so definitely without and not within :)

This image was taken pointing the camera upwards. I wanted something with structure and texture that would give me something to play with for my monochrome challenge. Lovely cobwebs too...

I’m still feeling pretty naive about monochrome. I’ve worked out that it involves textures and shapes, but it also relies on the brightness of the light (plenty of incisive thinking there!).

At the moment I feel monchrome controls me, rather than the other way around. Ah well. Perhaps after another 96 images I’ll have a better clue. Let’s hope so for both our sakes :)

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

2020 Monochrome: 3/100

[Handheld in daylight.
Developed conventionally in Photolab 3.
Sharpened with Unsharp Mask and High Pass/Linear blend mode.
Rather than using a vignette I used the Lighting Filter to add light shining up in a cone from the centre bottom. The idea was to give a sense of relief to the overall image, rather than just a bland texture. Not sure it actually worked - what do you think?
Converted in Nik Silver Efex starting from a low key preset. Light sepia toning]

Tags:   dsc-rx100m5 8.8-25.7 mm f/1.8-2.8 tithe barn wall architecture black and white building Ceramics material monochrome wattle weave wood 100 x: The 2020 Edition 100x:2020 Image 3/100

N 288 B 32.9K C 49 E Jan 21, 2020 F Jan 21, 2020
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Crystal ball...

...craftily lit from underneath using two red translucent strips on an LED lightbox with a crack between them.

A product of exquisite mastery of studio lighting.


A happy accident.

Your choice :)

This sort of thing is a bit of a select taste, but it appeals to my chromatic minimalism neural tingly-bits...

Besides, I rather like the diffraction rainbows on the arc edges too. We just have to share the delight in those don't we?

For the Crazy Tuesday Red theme.

Thank you for taking the time to look. I hope you enjoy the image. Happy Crazy Tuesday!!

[Nothing special to say here...]

Tags:   nikon z 6 105.0 mm f/2.8 Crazy Tuesday crystal ball red rojo