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N 26 B 1.6K C 36 E Nov 4, 2017 F Nov 4, 2017
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Turks Turban Squash

I've long wanted to photograph this strange vegetable grown in my garden, which also tastes very nice I may add (the vegetable that is, not the garden ;) ). Today's Smile on Saturday Group's theme Vivid Orange provided a very welcome excuse to do so.

I certainly wouldn't want to meet this on a dark night, or on an alien planet for that matter. It looks as if it might ingest you in the blink of an eye (assuming it has one) while demonstrating appalling table manners. Or worse. (Probably best not to think about that - creativity can have its downsides lol...).

Thank you for taking time to look. Much appreciated. I hope you enjoy the image and sleep well tonight. HSoS :)

[Handheld in daylight with a dark cloth background. LR for colour boost, taking out the blacks and crop. Affinity Photo for rotation (enlarged the canvas to fill in); micro detail sharpened in Topaz Detail. A bit more colour tweaking and there you have it :) ]

Tags:   edible orifice weird alien Turks Turban vegetable smile on saturday Vivid Orange squash round orange strange

N 10 B 479 C 8 E Jun 30, 2019 F Jun 30, 2019
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Rose.

This is part of a series of explorations based on a single image of a rose, all processed in black and white or nearly so.

This was done using Topaz Studio using the Simplify filter starting from the Cartoon I preset and then inverting it using Curves.

This is a favourite of the bunch. I like the glowing furnace look :)

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

Tags:   rose overlay blend curves inflorescence dsc-rx100m5 concentric petals Sliders Sunday

N 48 B 3.1K C 38 E Dec 18, 2017 F Dec 18, 2017
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Backlit CD stack.

The trouble with candlelight is that it is a yellow, virtually monochrome, point source of illumination and that’s about it. So how was I to make novel, interesting image from that, and how to make it a macro too, for the Macro Mondays theme Lit by Candlelight?

This is the second idea I tried, but it came out the most colourful. It seemed to me the only way to get more colour in the lighting and make it more interesting from that point of view was to refract the light. So crystal glass and CDs came to mind...

This is a stack of CDs on a glazed black tile with a single tealight behind and to the left. All the light you see has come through the CDs and there is some colourful refraction going on the right which I quite liked. The melted surface detail on the CDs unexpectedly added something too...

Thanks for taking time to look. I hope you enjoy the image as much as I will enjoy looking at yours! Happy Macro Mondays :)

[Candlelit. Tripod mount, delayed shutter, manual focused, VR off. LR: cropped within the group’s 3 inch limit; rotated slightly; bumped vibrance, clarity and saturation a bit. A bit more in Photo, then Unsharp Mask for sharpening. Try and think of a clever title full of wit and double meaning {sound of weaping off-stage... or is it manic laughter? :) }]

Tags:   macro candle colourful candlelight rainbow CDs bright reflection #LitByCandlelight cd refraction stack Macro Mondays colour

N 62 B 3.2K C 36 E Oct 28, 2019 F Oct 28, 2019
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Rose.

This flower is part of an arrangement we gave my wife’s mother for her 90th birthday. We subsequently inherited it.

I used to be rather prejudiced against artificial flowers but these days I’m not so sure. The modern quality is really very sophisticated, and in the case of these ones gave a lovely old lady a lot of pleasure without the fear of failing to care for them.

Which kind of prompted the question in my mind as to whether it was right to mimic the beauty of creation. Now that was an interesting exercise!

The problem I quickly realised was that you could say we do it all the time anyway. And ironically photographers can be seen as some of the worst offenders.

It reminded me of a related question: is a picture (image) of art, art? And if it isn’t, is a picture of a flower (or sunset) art or is the art in the flower (or sunset)? And is a picture of a flower not just mimicking the flower? Answers, please, on a postage stamp...

All too much for a Monday night. But delicious fun too! (At least I am totally safe as nobody ever reads this, lol. ;) ).

For the Macro Mondays group theme Fake today. The image is about 1.5 inches across I guess.

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

[Handheld in soft directional daylight.
Developed in Photolab 2. My object was to create a smooth dreamy look which hid the artificialness of the flower but still left a reasonable clue to its artificiality. I also wanted to process in a way that perhaps I would for a real rose .
Reduced micro-contrast to smooth things. Balanced the exposure, hue and vibrancy to give a rosey look with pleasant tone and colour contrasts.
Processed in Affinity Photo. Flipped horizontally to create a flow out of the picture so the eye didn’t dwell too much.
In Nik Color Efex 2 added Classic Soft Focus and Glamour Glow to taste.
Back in Photo retouched some stray threads, and then (counter-intuitively after all the softening and glowing) sharpened with Clarity, Unsharp Mask (masked selectively) and High Pass/ Linear blend mode.
Very soft dark vignette, and we’re done.]

Tags:   artificial close-up counterfeit fake flower lookalike macro Macro Mondays petal pink rose soft unreal nikon z 6 105.0 mm f/2.8 flora glow magenta warm

N 53 B 1.6K C 23 E Dec 13, 2017 F Dec 13, 2017
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Flower bud.

This was taken in spring a couple of years ago at the Royal Horticultural Gardens in Wisley.

I like flower buds like this as they seem to be full of nascent beauty about to explode. And it's the right time of year to be thinking of Spring exploding forth. I wanted to bring that out in the processing so it's a bit more complicated than usual (and a fun experiment :) )

This is for the macro/close-up theme of the 7 Days With Flickr group. The bud is about an inch across or slightly over.

Thank you for taking time to look, and perhaps comment and fave. Much appreciated. I hope you enjoy the image :)

[Handheld in daylight outdoors. LR: A bit of clarity and vibrance but no saturation boost, reduced noise because this camera struggles a bit. Produced two versions almost identical: dark and light.

The dark version was the base layer: isolated background with and removed it with a mask; filled the background with black. The light layer on top painted in selectively with a mask to emphasise the centre and the radiating lines and add a sense of bursting-out movement (ever hopeful). Sharpened top layer only with Unsharp Mask and clarity to heighten the sense of receding blur.

Increased canvas size, particularly width, and rotated fractionally.]

Tags:   emergent bud macro alien flower 7DWF close-up green RHS Wisley spring unwrapping pink


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