ABOUT ME

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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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

THE SUN IS TOO LATE. (18/11/14)

It is a glorious afternoon and I am stuck inside popping swirls or light streaks onto photographs. It ought to be a simple job. Just draw a path pick a pressure sensitive brush right click on the path and select stroke path. Add a couple of effects like inner and outer glow a dab of colour. Mess with blend modes and opacity and Bobs’ your Uncle. For those that are interested then make sure that the brush draws black. Some draw white I always use a transparent new layer but found out that blending modes can be surprising if one has a white brush….. So much to learn and so little time. If you are interested in Swirls then have a look RENNEE ROBYN. Subtle must be her middle name. My attitude is hit it harder. You still here Trevor? So much grief for so little money. Two more goes you get and a final render for your measly ton.

He asked for wide sweeps tapering and curling round and shooting off out of frame with a light blue neon look. It doesn’t look good . The lass is black so I picked colour from her skin tones and added a wee dark blue gradient to the swirls. I think she looks perfect. I did think she didn’t need any adulteration at all. She doesn’t need playing with.  Well she does but I know my limitations.

I got fed up after four hours and several rejections so took the dogs a walk to the old railway station. I’ll start again when the photographer is a little more precise about the effect he is looking for. You Listening Trevor? Any bloody spatter brush will do cut from default 30% to 1% when it’s properties are modified I don’t need more brushes. It’s streaks are spot on. Give me a clue…. finer point, thicker point. I accept that the swirl in the first sample image didn’t do the young lass any favours shooting out from her armpit like it did. It gave the impression she hadn’t washed as often or as efficiently as she could have. That was just a quick trial for colour, opacity, etc. I can pop the swirls anywhere you like, even alter the curve I just wasn’t looking, it could have been a whole lot worse.

Melrose Station.

_MG_0897     It opened in 1849 and closed in 1969. This is all that is left. The down platform was demolished to make way for the Melrose by-pass. I would and will get some pictures of the front of the station building but I’ll have to wander up with a wider lens.

melstation       A composite image of the wonderful canopy. I stood near the middle of the first image and shot left and right. Then bodged them together. Not bad for two hand held shots. It then started raining again.

_MG_0898      Melrose from the station platform. When it was built I suspect the new buildings weren’t there and a Victorian tourist would have got a cracking view of the Abbey. Piss poor is town planning.

_MG_0902        Melrose rugby club’s ground. Bits of blue sky. We still got wet on the way home.

Have fun, I’m hoping to get out before tea time for some long exposures of the weir on the Tweed.

32 comments:

  1. Great images from Melrose. Looking forward to those long exposure shots.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. I'm just finishing working Mersad. I'll try tomorrow.

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  2. I hope that Alf and Molly didn't crap on the rugby field. There's nowt worse than scrumming down over a steamy dog turd.

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    1. YP. They could have but know not to shit on short grass.
      Only the brain dead scrum down. Intelligent folk play wing or full back. No difference in the grief or injuries but at least they weren't self inflicted.
      Rugby coaches could be funny. I was trialling for Derbyshire at Lee Green near Matlock, the twat put me in the front row. I got hit on the nose, I stood up and asked why did you do that. His reply was that you have got to learn pain. I laid the daft bugger out. It takes immense courage to jump and grab a loose or kicked ball when all you can see is blubber coming your way.

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    2. I was always a hooker* until I changed to wing forward. I loved the mud and the scrap for the ball. When I got my hands on it in the maul I held on as if my hands were mole grips! Played for Hull Schoolboys and had an unsuccessful trial for Yorkshire.
      *Not the sort who hangs around on street corners in fishnet stockings!

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    3. Not allowed to hang on YP. The rules are very strict roll over and take what is coming.
      I am surprised you can even watch the nancy boy game. Let alone spend money to see it.
      I hate to say this but our betters did modify the game or the better.

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  3. There's something wrong with those goal posts?

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    1. What?
      They have pads and stand up with a bit low down. Not Murrayfield but spot on for a little market town.

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  4. Yup, I made it to the end Adrian, and amazingly I think I got the gist of what your trying to do. Will we get to see the finished job?

    I checked out Rennee Robyn's site...she's doing some stunning work there!

    It's a shame that they had to demolish the rest of the station it would have been interesting to see it in it's full glory. Is the little shed part of the original or a later addition?...[;o)

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    1. Trevor no you won't. Lovely lass and it is a pity.
      Renee is as fit as a butchers dog and she uses paths or pens in her editing but has a woman touch I wish I wasn't old and wasn't a bloke. Her work is just spot on.
      The little shed is for the train spotters. Stop taking the piss.

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  5. Interesting photos, but I don't care what you and lots of other Brits say, I am not your uncle.

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    1. Bob. So sorry. I know you aren't.
      It's an expression " Bob's your Uncle". It means the job is good enough.
      While you are on here could I be a bit personal and ask if you are in favour of Capital punishment. I hope not but I think it disgusting and I'm sure as a Christian organ player you would agree. No great loss either way but you can and will be deleted if you agree with killing malefactors.

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    2. Being pretty much old-school (a decade older than you) and having been raised by a non-practicing Jewish mother and a long-lapsed Methodist father, I do thank you for asking, but I am part of what used to be called "the silent generation." I do not join mobs or demonstrations of any kind, and I never share my views (well, hardly ever) on anything from musical tastes to sexual positions I enjoy to the state of corporal punishment today to... well, you name it, I keep my opinions to myself. Maybe it's because my mother was from Philadelphia. You may delete me, if you like, for being half-Jewish or Methodist or one generation removed from Philadelphia, all of which I readily admit to, but not for my views on anything -- abortion, LGBT, capital punishment, ISIS, or Dithery Dave. Those are private. I probably agree with you on some subjects and disagree with you on others. That's no reason to be deleted. In other words, I believe in the secret ballot and don't give exit interviews at the polling place. I will say this: When the whole world is advocating A, I often consider the merits of B. A contrarian, that's me. Make of it what you will and do what you feel you must. You may be right. You may be wrong. It's on your own head.

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    3. Bob, it's on your head. Lock the buggers up but don't kill them. Or if you do then kill them an hour after sentence not twenty years after.
      You can stay because I love a good row and my dad was a Methodist.

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  6. Nice composite shot Adrian. You have far more patience than I do.

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    1. Gary, it is but a five minute job so no patience required.

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  7. I like the old station it reminds me of a few old fashioned football stadiums. Does it have one of those glass monstrosity modern stations now instead?

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    1. Douglas, it doesn't have one at all. They dug the track up.

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  8. Well, this I've got to see. I really wonder what you're doing. Keep dry.

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    1. Red, I'll do one for the blog. I think the worst of the rain has gone.

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  9. love what you have done with these

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^= . <3 . >< } } (°>

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  10. Buenas fotos amigo..Cerrada y sigue bien conservada. La nuestra está que da pena verla.
    Un abrazo.

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  11. I like the bodge. :) Photoshop does the blending very well, and it's a great way to get a w/a shot without a w/a lens.

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    1. John I never thought to try the blend images action. I copied both to a new file then used the free transform tool on the right hand image to bodge them near enough. I'll try running them through the stitcher.

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  12. I was waiting for the station shots on your page and wondering if they were coming, it always promises a lot and yet such a shame about the bypass. Inspirational post for a re-visit in a different photography style to six or seven years ago.

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    1. Jay, it is impressive from the front but I didn't manage any worthwhile shots.

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