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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Sunday, 5 July 2009

SCOTT OR BRIT?

Saturday morning and floods of tears in England, couldn't sleep for the sound of grinding teeth and wailing. Bet Murray is a Scott today! For those of you who thought he always was, well, I'm sorry but I have to disabuse you. Had he won Friday's match then he would have immediately assumed British nationality, having lost he's Scottish. Not a very good Scott at that! The price of strawberries should tumble as Wimbledon draws to a close. This is a pity as the wild ones are just starting to fruit up here in the hills, very tasty they are too. Bit on the small side this one is less than 1/4" across, one expends almost as much energy collecting them as one gets from the eating.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWILD STRAWBERRY

3648169624_a42fefbc60_b (1) BIG FALLS

This image is not mine but was the inspiration for yesterdays giant waterfall. All credit and also copyright Andrew Kearton. Thanks for letting me steal it Andy. Passed on Tricia's comment re imagination, he's relieved as well. Should I get short of material for this blog then I'll pinch another of his masterpieces. If you suspect my mental stability, you want to see what he gets up to, TRY THIS

A mixed bag today, variety being a reasonable substitute for quality. How the following image metamorphosed into the second is not a mystery to me, I know how I did it, just in retrospect I can't explain why I found it necessary.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PURPLE ORCHID DETAIL

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA STAINED GLASS?

Interesting is this, and quick. Duplicate the background layer, apply Gaussian Blur blend mode to overlay, duplicate this layer, blend mode to difference. Then just drag the layers to shift register, crop and Bobs your Uncle. It won't look right, couldn't in all reality, so select the layers and adjust opacity.

Am on with tomorrows post so a taster for you, two tasters actually, photographic tapas.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA EARLY MORNING MIST OVER YARNCLIFFE

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA BURBAGE BROOK

That's all, relax and have a good day.

5 comments:

  1. "...I know how I did it, just in retrospect I can't explain why I found it necessary." I cannot tell you how many times that very thought has riddled my mind. Now, that being said...

    Your strawberry shot was what I was looking for with my blackberries, but what the heck I only missed it by a hundred miles so I'm getting close. That is one sweet shot. (The strawberry not the blackberries)

    I started visiting your blog for the photos, but now I look forward to the rhetoric almost as much as the photography.

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  2. Thanks Tricia, I was serious, take some shade with you and take the pics again. a golf umbrella or something similar should do the trick.

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  3. ...and now I've learned another trick. Take some shade with you. I had never thought of taking an umbrella. Breathe on the lense, take an umbrella and add drop shadows. Very good. You are so right about the drop shadows. I have no idea how I could do it but it sure would help that photo.

    I remember looking for wild strawberries when I was a kid. They were tiny but sooo sweet. Great shot.

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  4. Hi Faye, Shadows; several ways, I only know PS. Elements but the full version CS/ whatever will work the same. three ways of doing it, at least!
    Quick, not so Quick, and diabolical. The quick way is to create a new blank layer and just paint on it with black as the foreground colour brush opacity set to 15%/20%. Reduce the opacity of the new layer and you can see your image beneath. Basically just paint the shadows. I've lost Snagit for screen grabs, but will do a HOW TO before your next 4th July. All the best A

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