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Old May 2, 2005, 3:55 PM   #1
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More Photoshop work with this than with the other one. Here, the mirror was held at an angle to the lens. The look of a page rolled along its edge fascinated me, so I copied it, flipped it, and matched the edges.

(Bet you guys looked, didn't you Cal and Selvin! And sorry that you did, too, right?!)


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Old May 2, 2005, 4:26 PM   #2
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OK, Barbara. You know if there is a big red button with a sign that says "Don't push", it is human nature to push the button to see what happens. You also knew if I looked at the first picture I would look at this one, too. :blah:

I find this one intriguing (sp?). In color, I don't think it would work. However, in monochrome or sepia (which is monochrome) I think is does work. I'm not sure why. Perhaps it's the sepia tone that seems to make it OK for this type of manipulation. Anyway, I like it.

Cokin makes a "flood" filter that somehow makes any object look like it is sitting in a pool of water. I think that would be interesting in sepia and even with your mirror technique applied. I haven't purchased that filter, yet, because I'm not sure how much I would use it.

Very Interesting...Nice work, Barbara. You weren't expecting that were you. As I said in response to another manipulated shot posted a couple days ago, I think my hard shell is starting to crack!

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Actually, Cal, I don't think it's a matter of your starting to crack at all. I think that it's honesty you look for in photography, and I was downright honest about what I did here. You knew it was playfulness, knew I didn't take this photo seriously, knew I wasn't trying to delve into the meaning of life with it. The only thing I'm serious about here is that I appreciate your good words.

If you look at the photo, you'll see there was a lovely bit of serendipity that I couldn't have managed tocreate had I been trying. It's the way the hills match up so perfectly with the clouds in the background--the faded part and the sharp part. Absolute, unconditional, dumb luck.

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Old May 2, 2005, 4:56 PM   #4
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Cokin makes a "flood" filter that somehow makes any object look like it is sitting in a pool of water. I think that would be interesting in sepia and even with your mirror technique applied. I haven't purchased that filter, yet, because I'm not sure how much I would use it.
(Interrupted by a phone call, so I had to do my yakking in two parts.)

Special effects filters are a lot of fun to play with for a while and then they end up just sitting neglected in their case. I suspect this is what would happen if you bought the filter because your first love is straight photography. Some time ago, I toyed with the idea of buying a star filter but then realized I'd get pretty darned sick of stars after just a few photos.

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Interesting. I've got a Cokin star filter and have never used it. However, that is mainly because I havent done much night shooting since I got it.

Cokin has an infrared filter (about $60) that I would really like to get. I've seen some of the infrared shots posted here and I realy like what I've seen. No, I wouldn't use it often, but once I learned how to use it and where it works best, I would be constantly on the alert for opportunities to use it. I haven't seen anything in PS or PSP that can create quite the same effect.

Well, it looks like I stole your thread. Sorry about that.

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You didn't steal my thread at all. I've been interested in infrared also, but every time I think about buying the filter, something else comes up and the money gets spent on that instead.

I almost bought one of those filters (can't remember what they're called) that... Oh yes, I think it's called a diffusion filter. Anyway, it turns out to be a lot more fun to smear Vaseline on a piece of glass and hold it in front of the lens.

Another thing I've done is stretch gauzeor nylon stocking over a small embroidery hoop. Standard screen effect.

I've got a large collection of square pieces of glass that I've put all kinds of things on to use as filters or screens. Great for a rainy day, and some of them actually work.:-)

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that's nuts barb!

pleeeeeease tell me you cropped this...rotated it..something...

the symmetry is unreal!

awesome :-D

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Old May 3, 2005, 8:03 AM   #8
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Vito, the only thing awesome here is the fact that I didn't have to do any fine adjustments to get the cloud and the hill to match! Believe me, I was stunned when I spotted it!

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