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Wow, really nice stuff, guys! Great kaliedos in this current thread, and a lot of nice shots in the thread before. Nice collage, Jubilada.
Patti, I love the sunset shots with the ships and the lighthouse. Too bad most of the lighthouse ones came out blurry. I absolutely love your shot of the Vermillion Flycatcher! Such a brilliant red. A nice, bright Christmas red. I pretty much always save my files with the layers, just so I can change them later if I want to. I rarely ever do, but you just never know.
Patti, the shots of the coots reminded me of when I saw some ducks fighting in the water once. Two ducks were holding the head of another underwater. Found out later that they'll do that when they want to mate. Go figure!
MM, you did a great job with the old house photo. Nice treatment on that one. Nice cameilia shot. Your framed moon shot if fabbo!
Jubilada, that's a nice pic of your old Pa. I like the way you finished that one up. Love your Misty Moon shot. Those peace lilies look nice. Little boy plants, I call them. The sterographic filter treatment on the one is great. Love the shot of the Christmas ornament with the starburst. The kale pic is cool.
Cool composite, Ted.
Here's one I played with tonight. It's a photo of my Dad. I adjusted the brightness and contrast to my liking, then applied an edge preserving smooth.
Now, Ted, you've come up with a really intriguing picture. I feel all discombobulated when I gaze into it for very long and, yet, I'm not quite able to stop going back to it. It reminds me of an episode of the Twilight Zone where a little girl fell out of bed and into another dimension! It's definitely got a wow factor.
Jubilada, I must disagree with you. There's nothing "plain" about that collage. I do like the simplicity and balance and that center photo really works for an anchor. I'd have felt an OCD obligation to put that tree (upper left) somewhere on the bottom but it looks perfect right where you placed it. I need to work harder this year at "seeing outside the box" with my collages.
Karen, that picture of your father has such feeling, a really warm touch. I can't decide which version I like better. Maybe the one in color, but I'm not sure. I really like your positioning or cropping, with him on my right looking forward and to my left. I like the feel of that.
Wheeee. I was gone a day and came back to some beautiful work. What fun stuff to see.
Jubilada, You have mastered that stereographic filter. That something or other is alive! I have to agree with Miss Mary on that collage. Nothing plain about it. I like the way you arranged the portrait and landscape photos. The Winter Tree Redux is Wow!!! It inspired me to do a Pixel Bender Oil Paint on one of my sunset photos. I don't think it came out quite as interesting as yours though.
Your church is incredible. It doesn't even look like a photo. The Circle Splash (I think) is so perfectly done and fits the church image to a T. Great idea!!!
Oh my, you are on a roll! The House on Waverly is whimsical and delightful. I love the colors and just everything about it. I think the people that live there would love to have this printed and framed!
Ted, Your creation is part sphere, part collage, part kaleido and all inspirational genius. Fantastic!
Karen, Great job on processing the photo of your father. It has a subtle painterly qualilty. I like both versions. Interesting about the ducks.
Here's my tree silhouette in Pixel Bender Oil Paint. It is actually a sunset, but that Beatles song has been running through my head all day, so ...
I went out very early this morning before sunrise. My poor bones were tired of sleeping on that skinny ground pad and it was so cold in that tent, I just wanted out. Warmed up in the truck. I don't know about this wild idea of camping out in State Parks to maximize my photography time. Now I'm thinking that camping is for youngsters. But, I bought the tent and I will use it! It was cool to get the sunset on Tuesday and then the moonset and the sunrise this morning. I was shooting both the moon and sun from the end of this pier and noticed that the pier was reflecting in the water. I loved the golden color that the rising sun painted on the pier.
Oh, wow! Patti, WHO'S on a Roll? That tree silhouette is magical, mystical and beautiful (love that "sunburst"!) ... but that shot of the Pier, oh, my, oh, my ... gorgeous! As you know, I'm simply crazy for geometry, and this is exquisite ... like a row of Greek letters (which one?) ... only one thing I could say ... perhaps the frame is a distraction ... that shot is so marvelous it needs absolutely no embellishment!
Oh, yeah, camping is for youngsters, but ... you go, girl! (Suffering makes great art?)
Thanks for the compliments on my pics, guys. I do enjoy playing with them. Maybe one day I will find a lot more time to do more playing and learn more techniques.
Jubilada, I love your Winter Tree Redux. Awesome! The Church one is really nice, and the House on Waverly is fantastic! The flowering kale reflection one is great, and that kaleido makes me think of Hindu mythology.
Patti, your pixel bender tree is so cool! I wish I had that on my program. I might try something else. Love the shot of the pier in the morning light. Really nice colors on that.
Okay, one from me for tonight. My bed is calling my name. Don't know how you guys find time to do all the ones you do. Ya'll have a lot more experience than I, also, so can probably get stuff done a lot quicker.
Here's a pic of fall leaves. I adjusted the brightness and contrast a bit, then enamelized it. Pretty simple compared to what ya'll have done.
Karen, if I had some leaves as pretty as those in my yard, I'd enamelize them, too! Nice effect, gives a hearty texture to them.
Patti, the pier is your pièce de résistance tonight -- what color! And, as Jubilada noted, the lines and angles are just great. Personally, I saw a Sigma under there right off!
Jubilada, I like the church. You got a wonderful angle and the rays take it from there! If they saw your finished product, they'd probably want to use it for a church bulletin.
The dull sky, the drizzle, the dropping temps...couldn't wait to grab my camera and get some shots of all that! Well, I got the shot and I've been playing with it all night (instead of washing dishes, Karen). Here you will see the Cezanne version, with the original blended back in about 50%. I'm calling this one "Winter Sky".
I think we're ALL on a roll. Got up early and met with more goodies!
Jubilada, That is a fabulous, floating flotilla of flowering kale. I just wish it was fennel. Seriously, I really like what you have done. Using that flood filter maximized the beautiful color of the kale. And the framing and kaleido add to the wonderful colors. Oh boy! Loving that Winter Tree Redux kaleido. And, yes, I see all sorts of critters and aliens and I just can't seem to stop staring at it. Very cool.
Karen, Wow! Beautiful leaves and your treatment really does add a wonderful 3D effect to the leaves. Great job!
Miss Mary, You have done a great job in capturing an intriguing combination of tree limbs with those upper branches reaching downward to the trees below in the distance. Beautifully seen and photographed! And, your treatments maintain the moodiness of the cold, overcast day. Hard to decide, but I think I slightly favor the Picnik version.
Jubilada, I think you were right. The pier looks better without the frame. I redid it and all I did was add a thin black stroke. Had to add something so the water wouldn't spill out.
My home away from home. The moon setting early in the morning. When I got out of the tent, everything outside was dripping wet with dew. Yuck. I was so glad that I didn't leave my camera out with the remote timer taking an all night star trail. The only reason I didn't is because I knew the moon was going to come up and ruin it. Whew.
I was amazed at these shots. All I did was Raw adjustments. The first one was taken a bit up river and the river curves a lot. The light and reflections were different at each curve. I just kept quickly walking down river and snapping shots of this Blue-winged Teal pair. I really can't say enough about early morning light. It is magical.
One more for this morning and then I have to go take the tent down. I put it up in the living room yesterday so that it could completely dry out before I stow it. I should take a photo of that. NOT.
Usually I try to avoid taking photos of critters near man made objects. But, I just thought these little guys were cute on their sign and bench perches. Jubilada, the arrangement and embellishment on my collage is incredibly dull compared to the ones you create. I'll have to work on that.
Edited to add Bird IDs: Top to bottom: Tufted Titmouse, Eastern Phoebe and Northern Mockingbird
Karen, very pretty fall leaves shot ... nice treatment!
Miss Mary, wonderful "winter sky" ... I like both of them!
Patti, the pier shot without the frame is just right! Love the moon in your "home away from home" shot. But, brrr, makes me shiver to think of how cold it must have been. The duck shots are great ... magical light, indeed! The bird shots in that collage are really so good, and what cute little guys they are! And it's not at all a dull collage ... and I like that you've alternated their direction ... my only suggestion would be to make each picture the same width (same depth is not necessary), and give each one a thin stroke (color up to you) ... I might also consider making the background graduated, but again, that's just something to play with ...
Playing with the pier photo. Pure Silliness. I did the Pixel Bender Radial Caleidoscope. Yes, that's how they spell it. Weird spelling for a really weird filter. That's another filter I didn't know I had. I think Adobe is sneaking into my computer at night and changing things. Or, maybe I'm just old and have terminal CRS.
Anyway, Radial Cscope, two flips, a dupe layer rotated and placed behind the first, A Gavin Hoey ball, new background, Flaming Pear flood, text and minor tweaks.
Those nanobots can really transform a pier in short order!
That's fantastic, Patti! The fact that you could come up with something as creative as that positively proves you're on top of your game! None of that "old" stuff! Planet Yllis sounds like a wonderful place to me and I hope someday to find myself having a blast there!
Gee I take a nap and you all flood this with creations.
Pattie you need to go home you are having too much fun. LOL
Jubilada those all are wonderful and a joy to look at and figure out how you do them all.
Mary love the effect you did on the sky line. Beautiful.
I was on flicker yesterday and doing a challenge game. Taking two photos and coming up with your own creation. These were the two photos.
A little frivolity from me tonight...my "Winter Sky" Cezanne from above, with a few doo-dads added here and there, PSP Kaleido effect applied, PSE circular cut-out and spherize effect applied, etc., etc., ad nauseum...
Patti, I love your collages, and I especially like what you did with the egret and heron shots. That kaleido sphere you made from the pier shot is way cool, and I love the moonrise shot. Those blue winged teal shots on the river are great. I especially like the the first one with the turquoise water. Very pretty.
Miss Mary, Your Winter Sky pics are great, especially the first one.
Ted, your creation for the contest is splendid. I could not have come up with that. Back almost 15 years ago (boy, does time fly, sure doesn't seem that long) I was going to a college for graphic design. Sure wish I could have finished, but a bankruptcy prevented me from getting more loans to continue. Anyhow, I used to look at other students' work and would think, "I'm not that creative. I never would have come up with that. My brain just isn't wired to think that way." Though I do think I'm creative in my own way, it seems to be in a very traditional way, for the most part, and I can't seem to think that far out of the box. Maybe I don't give myself enough credit. Maybe I just need to study other people's work more.
Well, here are some collages from me. Some from recently, and some from early last year. I do like making them, and I think I have a good eye for them. Any constructive critiquing from ya'll would be much welcome.
This first one is of my friend Gretchen on one of our nature hikes at a local preserve.
TAR, your photographic compilation is very creative indeed ... nice work! (Did you win?)
Miss Mary, that globe and treatment is just so darling ... very Asian flavor ... a good candidate for a Sumi-e painting?
Karen, there's no doubt you have a knack for collages ... and moreover, it appears you're quite the gardener. From the looks of all those lovely photographs, you must have a beautiful garden! ... full of happy and charming plants!
Jubilada, Love all the critters in the winter tree caleido and all the wonderful colors in the flowering kale one. But, oh, my goodness, the globes floating on the water!!!! So fantastic. Everything just fits beautifully together and made me say, "Wow" at least a dozen times. Love the background, the colors of the globes, the reflections, the positioning of the globes. It is simply perfection!
And, yes, that RadCaleido is a little weird. At first, I couldn't figure out how to get the focal point out of the upper left corner.
This is the first one I did. It started as a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in a tree. I couldn't figure out how to get any of the woodpecker colors in it and pretty much just gave up. Then I played some more and sort of figured it out.
Very cool, Patti and Jubilada. I have to say you two have mastered doing those kaliedos. I'll have to try playing with that feature sometime. I especially like the spheres on the water. Very cool!
Thanks for the compliments on my collages. I enjoy making them. They're a lot of fun. I do enjoy the gardening, too. My gardens look great, the ones I have taken care of, that is. I have quite a few that have been neglected due to lack of time. I just have way more than I have time to take care of. Every year I say I'm gonna get a handle on it, but then I don't.
Patti, very nice shot of the sapsucker ... he's a real cutie-pie, and he should be proud ... interesting RadCaleido, too ...
I have wasted the better part of this afternoon fiddling around with that darn filter, trying to figure out some kind of formula, and I'm getting close, however, what do you think of this result? I was rather surprised ...
Oh, that church one is amazing. That's more than just the Rad Caleido filter, isn't it? The pattern is so cool, but what really amazes me is all the fine detail you got. You and your lens did a great job of focusing on that shot!
Oh! I get it. Duh. I'm slow, but I get there. Very cool image!
I'm still wading through photos. I got to play hide and seek with one of my favorite water birds again. These little comical birds fascinate me. This one was similar to a few other Pied-billed Grebes I've encountered. He was very curious and kept diving under and surfacing closer and closer to me. He would pop up (sometimes just his head as in this photo) and look at me to make sure I was still watching. What a little cutie. Sometimes I would move while he was under and he had to look for me. Fun interactions.
Lowered saturation on the vegetation to try focusing attention more on the bird. Did a bit of gardening to remove some of the worst distracting grasses. Ran Pixel Bender Oil Paint on a duplicate layer. Added layer mask and painted out about 70% of the effect on the bird. Brown stroke frame.
Karen, you really do have a flair for collages! I'm not sure which one is my favorite -- I think it would be the Witch Hazel, although I do like the ones with dark backgrounds, too. They're all so fine!
Jubilada and Patti, you are really coming up with some interesting images with that RadCal filter! Jubilada, I like your collage. Wow, the possibilities are just endless! Patti, the one you did with the tree bark -- that's really cool and the lichens really added a fanciness to it!
I was photographing this Eastern Bluebird and didn't really notice until I got home that he was standing on a Rad Cal tree patch. I couldn't think of anything more to do to it. Mother Nature did it for me.
Well, now we know the answer to the age-old riddle...art definitely imitates life!
Patti, I love that photo. That adorable little bird looks so serene and unruffled, in direct contrast to the tree scar, which is full of turbulent lines and grooves. I'm giving you a gold star for that one!
Wow! That is some creation! The owl makes a fantastic subject. The patterns, globes and colors remind me of Native American art.
Another camping photo from me. This one was DAPped with a DAP filter created by one of the users. It's called Landscape2. This was very early in the morning. The sun is behind me and very low in the sky, so my shadow is on the tent. Original photo was sort of dull, so I hoped that I could punch it up a bit with DAP.
TAR, your "layer manipulation" creation is remarkable and ingenious ... mystical and colorful and intriguing ... that bird face morphing into a winged head is fabulous ... you had fun with Patti's bluebird, too, and those are very cute!
Patti, your tent-shadow photo is intriguing, too ... interesting and pleasing result with that Landscape2 ...
I played around a bit more with one of my winter walnut tree pics ... pixel bender oil and stereo ... plus multiple layers with different blend modes, and then a frame ...
Ditto what Ted said! Fantastic treatment! The lighter color for the tree really accentuates the intricate, interwoven network of branches. And the background colors and pattern are eye catching, gee whiz wow! Love it!
Patti, you can keep the gold star, but I'm putting you on probation. Actually, the dinner plate's quite unique. Personally, I'd have a hard time eating my chicken while looking into that sweet little birdie face...
Jubilada, that's quite a winter tree. I can only second what Patti and TAR have already said. That's really cool!
I'm not sure what this is but I kind of like it. I made two totally different kaleidos from a cutout of a photo of a Milkweed seed head and just went from there.
Your creation is amazing! That bottom layer looks a bit like a dinner plate. I love all the shadows from the top layer on the bottom. The white pattern of swirls is wonderful. Abstract art at its finest!
Patti, the video is fascinating. I'm looking forward to seeing some attempts at that from those of you who have the equipment and experience to pull it off. I'll bet the possibilities would be endless, once you get the hang of it.
More kaleidos from me. I started this one with a cutout of some Japanese Maple foliage...
Jubilada, you do have an eye for trees with character. I'd never have guessed that one had much manipulation at all. Great work!
Well, I've been enjoying using Picnik. This was their announcement today (hope the screen shot capture is big enough to read here). The good news is that, for the next few months, all the features will be free for use.
Well, Miss Mary said it all. That tree kaleido is awesome and I can't top Cold Duck. LOLOL.
Here's a composite of 4 photos of this Northern Harrier. This is my nemesis bird - okay, well, one of my nemesis birds. Up until now I didn't have even a half way decent shot of this bird. Now I have 4! Wheee.
Miss Mary, Both images are beautiful! I love the depth you achieved with the Spirea and the lighting on the background is fantastic. The Camellia itself is lovely, but your creation is incredible! The painterly look on the foliage accents the flower. The background looks as if it is slick and shiny and just waiting for something to reflect. I love the bold colors.
Very approachable Red-shouldered Hawk. I approached from a distance and got this shot and then I just quietly meandered closer and closer and kept shooting. I think I could have gotten right under him. He looked at me every now and then, but didn't seem concerned.
Since I first saw the little Vermillion Flycatcher doing his aerobatic thing catching flying bugs, I have wanted to get a photo of him in flight. It is darn near impossible for me. He sits nicely and I can take a ton of photos while he is sitting still. But, when he sees a bug, he immediately jumps off of the perch and darts to the bug, snatches it out of the air and then flies back to either the same perch or one nearby. I'm waaaay too slow.
Yesterday, I got an almost decent shot. Through use of Find Edges and every sharpening trick I know, it is almost a good shot, but I couldn't do much to help that little blur of a bug. I'll keep trying to get a better one, but for now ...
Patti -- what a lovely array! Of course, the "red birds" caught my eye first. I could watch Cardinals all day long. The VF is really a stunning little bird, isn't it?
You got closer to that hawk than I would ever have had the courage to. Hawks scare me. Do they harm people or are they just interested in smaller prey? Wonderful shot, in any case. They are really majestic birds.
I really like the single Harrier shot. Now that looks like it should be on a page in Audubon's! Look at the form and finesse you were able to catch and draw out!
Thanks, Grits. Uh-oh. I think I broke your instructor's rule on that last one. Water is spilling out all over the place. And I don't think the horizon is level either. Whew. Landscape photography is killing me. Bird photography is my passion. I love all nature photography, but the birds keep me going.
Thanks, Miss Mary. I've never heard of a hawk hurting a person, but that doesn't mean that they haven't. They will take out small dogs and cats, though.
Thanks, Ted. I am really enjoying having that time to spend. Wish I could have retired 10 years ago.
I tried something today. Screen capture of a slide in a slide show to see how well it would come out.
Then ran it thru Topaz B and White filter. Was surprised at the result.
Capture first then the result.
We got over 5 inches of rain - the 5 inch rain gauge was overflowing and the pond was too. It is completely back up and flowing out of the overflow pipe. The wind was pretty strong, so we were lucky that only one tree fell on the fence. I went my myself to check out the place this morning, so DH and I will have to go back and take care of that tree. I don't do chain saws.
Patti, those mushrooms look pretty magical! And, that poor old tree ... at least you'll get some firewood, yes?
TAR, you're having fun with that new Topaz app ... don't know if I'm going to get taken in with that one, however ... Your lily is lovely (and sparkly!) ...
Here's a photo from this morning out at the community gardens ... and it's basically to illustrate a little story ... that bench is one of two that some local boy scouts constructed and set out there as part of a "community" project to earn Eagle Scout badges ... this was sometime last spring, and I wondered at the time how long those benches would actually stay there, since they were certainly not bolted down to anything ... sure enough, a couple of weeks ago one of them was gone ... wonder how long this one will be there ...
Ted, Those Topaz stars are very cool. I love the horse image! That is so creative. The leaves have an incredible 3D appearance! Awwwe, the critters stranded on the iceberg are so cute.
Jubilada, I'm surprised the benches stayed put for as long as they did. Houston put some benches in the park by City Hall. They put the legs in about 4 inches of concrete. It is a shame that so many people think stealing is okay. That's a nice photo. Makes me want to go sit under a tree and read a book.
Patti, your 'shrooms really are lovely. I like the result of those effects. I don't think you've overdone anything.
Jubilada, that really is a lovely sight -- the bench under the sprawling tree. Glad you got a picture of it. It's really a shame that people can't just leave things alone for everyone to enjoy.
TAR, I took the bait on that new Topaz filter pack as well but haven't played with my new toy yet. Guess I'd better get at it since the 30-day clock is ticking. Sure looks like you're having fun with it.
Okay, playing with the new toy now. I took this picture last week of a lot in my neighborhood, which is being cleared to build a Dollar store. The wonderful old building that was razed had been there for many decades and it was such a sad thing to see it go. I enhanced the light in the puddle with the new Topaz filter.
Interesting "stories" without words, Patti ... now is that the work of an axe or a beaver? Doesn't look like a chainsaw to me!
That some spectacular sky you captured there, Miss Mary!
TAR, I guess I'm going to have to break down and try that new Topaz filter, just to see if I really "need" it. Love those leaves, they're brilliant and sparkly! And, that's a nice job with Miss Mary's clouds!
Went to San Francisco yesterday, so took along my trusty G10 to catch a few snaps ...
Here's a tower along Harrison (or Howard?) ... don't know exactly what it is (it's NOT the Millennium Tower, that I do know) ... this has been straightened and cropped and processed in raw and not much more ... and that sunburst is in the photo! (F8 at 1/250, ISO 100, AND, much to my chagrin, as every photo taken yesterday, exposure compensation set to plus 1!) ...
Seagull in flight ... cropped, filters, blah, blah ... the ONLY bird I've EVER caught in flight, and yes, it's out of focus ... rendering it somewhat "impressionistic," enough to be somewhat "arty" ...
Jubilada, I especially like "Walking along Market Street"! Wow, I can just feel those tall buildings overshadowing me on all sides. If I look at that one long enough, I am transported right into it! Good work!
Well, kids, Fotosketcher is now at 2.25. Really, I'm only seeing a couple of new things in it. This one is called Emergence, and I've blended the original back a little to soften it some. The frame isn't FS (I wish they'd make us some new ones!).
Well, I have been playing with the Expressive Brushstrokes setting in Fotosketcher. I had to dig out a picture from November since everything is brown and dull here right now. I think I like it -- at least with this photo.
I love those clouds! That's the type of sky I dream about having when I'm photographing a beautiful landscape out at a National Park. But, I ususally just get overcast or bright cloudless skies. So sad to see nice old buildings with so much character torn down. I like your PJ (photojournalism) shot of the area. It gets the message across.
Thanks for the heads-up on the new Fotosketcher. I'll have to download it and play. I love that image with the bridge. I remember it from before. It is such a wonderful composition and the matte for the frame is very clever!
Great job with that expressive brushstrokes filter. Fantastic effect on the trees in the foreground. And, the trees in the background have a subtle "frosted" look that I really like.
I like what you did with that filter on Miss Mary's clouds. That is a nice effect that looks very real, as opposed to the firefly image that is very surreal. It is dreamy and very cool. And that last firefly one is electrified! Wow.
Jubilada wrote:Interesting "stories" without words, Patti ... now is that the work of an axe or a beaver? Doesn't look like a chainsaw to me!...
My beaver buddies did those. There were at least 15 new trees downed by the beavers just immediately around the pond. Mostly they are targeting the smaller trees, 3 or 4 inches in diameter. But they did take out some that were around 8 or 10 inches and they are still working on one that is about 20 to 24 inches.
The photos you took on your walk are, as always, fun to see. That little car is so cute! I wonder if it belongs to either the dad or son hockey player (name on license plate). I think one of them was living in Anaheim area recently.
Superb BIF (bird in flight)! Whatever you did to it makes it appear to be very sharp and in focus. And, the background is awesome! That's the hardest BIF shot for me. My camera always wants to shift focus to the background. A nice plain old sky is easiest, but not nearly as interesting. Very cool!
Well Pattie, Mary guess I will have to look l inrto Fotosketcher Emergence. You all are having way too much fun.
I took one I did before. Broken Dreams and applied Topaz Stars to a duplicate that I increased the brightness and contrast. Then blended it back into the original. What you think.
Jubilada, the Gnarly Oak is fantastic. I really like the frame. It would never have occurred to me to use so much blue to frame that -- and it's great! The Orange Tree and (Abelia maybe?) are perfectly placed at the feet of that old giant to draw my eye upward into its tentacles. I just keep going back to look at it again and again. Excellent work.