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Grey furry plant :)

This year I have rather foolishly decided to do a Flickr 100x challenge group this year. Let's see how that goes!

The topic is 100x monochrome, to include B&W, mono-colour and toned images. B&W is a fascinating genre but needs a different visual mindset. Hopefully, I'll get better and have fun along the way.

This is close-up of a plant in someone else's garden. It's grey and furry. My mastery of botany is as well...

It reminded me of deer antlers, hence the title. We only have little deer in the woods around here, so not much antler but loads of weird noises when the males are rutting!

Also for the Mittwoch Makro group :)

Thank you for taking the time to look. I hope you enjoy the image! Happy Macro Wednesday and 100x :)

[Handheld in sunlight.
Developed in Photolab 3, for tonal range and also with fairly hefty Prime noise reduction. There was little colour in the image to start with.
Processed in Affinity Photo with the conversion to monochrome using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2, starting with a High Key preset and working from there. Blue toning.
Sharpened back in Affinity using UnSharp Mask, masked to just the in-focus bits so the haloing of the tones and noise wasn't boosted.
Flipped horizontally because it looked better flowing that way. A bit of a crop and a heavy soft dark vignette to finish....]

Tags:   close-up foliage furry grey macro plant 100 x: The 2020 Edition 100x:2020 Image 1/100

N 14 B 808 C 22 E Jan 10, 2020 F Jan 12, 2020
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Now I must start by asking you not to laugh.

This is a picture of my Christmas tree. And, more pertinently, it's also my second submission to my Monochrome 100x challenge.

No. Seriously.

Santa had already drunk several bottles of sherry before he fell down my chimney. What was I to do?

OK. Perhaps I'm a little self-deluded. But perhaps I can mitigate your opinion of me a little with a (long {sigh}) explanation.

Firstly, the monochrome challenge. I did say at the start of the challenge that I was allowing split-toning and this is a split-toned version of a black and white image (the split toning was orange/purple but I've shifted the hue a bit so it's more orange/blue now).

Secondly, the Christmas tree. Well, it's an ICM of the LED lights. If you're curious, see my previously published image, Air Traffic Control, for a straight version in the same series.

I mangled it for Mangle It Sliders Sunday. And the symmetry is part of that, using a mirror filter.

One of the reasons I have for attempting a 100x challenge (a small step for mankind, a huge step for me) on a monochrome theme was to wean myself off the Saturation/Vibrancy sliders. Perhaps you can see why from this.

Since starting this Flickr account, three years ago [goodness me... is it really that? I must be older than I thought... though that has been a frequent feeling for a very long time] I have become really curious about human visual perception. So much so that I have been to lectures by scientists on the subject, watched some documentaries, and even read bits here and there.

It's really quite interesting... if you are an odd sort of person.

Take symmetry. This sort of image is instantly appealing to our brains.

For the wrong reasons.

Once our minds have decided that this is six-fold symmetry it just analyses one spoke of the pattern, assumes the other five are the same... and then switches off.

It's appealing because the brain doesn't have to work hard. You might think that our brains are being lazy but really they are being efficient.

Put it this way, if our brains went about analysing images the way a computer does they would overheat and melt in an instant. Efficiency is a way of keeping cool and allowing our visual processing of moving images to be much more sophisticated than any current computer's capability.

But the short story is this: this image really is boring. But you knew that intuitively, didn't you?

As usual for SS I'll include a link to the original in-camera image so you can see how far Santa fell :)

Thank you for taking the time to look. I hope you enjoy the image. Happy Sliders Sunday and may your 100x bring you joy!

[Little camera, slow shutter, dark room, just the Christmas tree lights on. Wiggled.
Processed entirely in Affinity Photo.
First developed to increase the black point (equivalent to Levels) to darken the background (see the original where you can see quite a bit of ambient light clouding things).
High Pass filter, fairly aggressively slid, but (and this is key for the result) the blend mode was set to Difference (normally Linear Blend is used for sharpening with this adjustment). That resulted in interesting coloured outlines against a grey background.
Converted to black and white using B&W adjustment and sliding the sliders for the different colour contributions to get something interesting.
Split toned with orange/purple.
Hues shifted a bit, played with contrast a little, just tweaking really...
Then expanded the canvas, to give more room to play - Affinity's mirror filter is quite sophisticated and allows you to drag the cursor around on the image to change the origin of the mirror effect, so you can find something interesting - and used a mirror filter twice, once with two mirrors and once with six.
Dark vignette and we are done :)]

Tags:   mirror Sliders Sunday split tone

N 79 B 2.1K C 53 E Jan 13, 2020 F Jan 13, 2020
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...of triangles.

This a picture of the surface of a Seagate external USB drive. They have this marvellous embossed surface that glints at all angles and feels nice to touch.

It looks grainy but the case itself is textured and sparkly this way. The trick was to get the light right...

So how many triangles can you see? I'm probably being cruel... you'll be gone all night if you try to count them I think :)

Each square of four triangles is 7mm across so we are just about two inches in total (0.0277778 fathoms). Yey!

Also for my monochrome series... [3/100]

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

[Daylight toplight; tripod; delayed shutter release.
Developed and processed in Affinity Photo to get a balance of black and white.
Inpainting to get rid of dust and marks.
Converted to B&W in Silver Efex Pro 2 with high contrast smooth preset and then some tweaking. Light blue selenium toning.
A bit of sharpening with Unsharp Mask, a little more tweaking of the histogram.
Uncropped.
Dark vignette.]

Tags:   B&W black and white case Macro Mondays Silver Efex tesselation triangle 100 x: The 2020 Edition 100x:2020 Image 3/100 100x: Monochrome

N 12 B 316 C 8 E Jan 26, 2020 F Jan 26, 2020
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Paeony.

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 13 B 471 C 11 E Feb 2, 2020 F Feb 2, 2020
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Cornus Kousa flower.

This variation is based on the Charcoal II preset in Topaz Studio 2, which mainly relies on the Impression filter to simulate painting. Much tweaked from the preset...

I wanted to do a monochrome version for this set, partly to advance my 100x monochrome project. And why not do a painterly one? Or so the justification runs.

See this version for more detail of the initial processing.

The first comment gives a link to the in-camera original I started with.

Thank you for taking the time to look. I hope you enjoy the image and the series :)

Tags:   flower nikon d90 Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G 100 x: The 2020 Edition 100x:2020 Image 5/100


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