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Old Jun 22, 2005, 4:00 PM   #1
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After rabidly running around the garden while Grandad (me), threw copious amounts of water all over him, George, shouting STOP, STOP, and when I stopped, AGAIN, AGAIN, decided on a rest. Whilst doing so he stared blankly ahead, stuck a finger or two in his bell button and indulged in a little omphaloskepsis.

Black & white with Nik Color Efex Dynamic Contrast filter, then treated to the Dreamy filter in Virtual Photographer,afree plugin for PS and others.

I thought the effect suited the mood. What do you think ?


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Old Jun 22, 2005, 5:28 PM   #2
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Nice picture and nice story!! The "Omph......" word was too much for me, but I guess I know what it could mean now!! :-)

Interesting effects, maybe I'm just picky but it seems to be a bit too much contrast, or is that the idea / old look type of thing?

Anyway, sweet boy and one energetic granddad by the sounds of it!

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Old Jun 23, 2005, 4:20 AM   #3
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Thanks Paul, yes, it was the intention when using a Dynamic Contrast Filter, and no, you are not being picky. Everything about pretty much everything is subjective, if we all felt the same just think how boring it would be :yawn:.

I liked the heavy contrast and dreamy effect, a little different from theusual perhaps. I may well never use it again, just thought it fitted this one.

The 'Omph' word, literally means, 'contemplating one's navel'. Apparently it is used as an aid to meditation, morecommonly it is used as a metaphor for sitting around doing nothing, having idle thoughts, about nothing much.

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Old Jun 23, 2005, 4:48 AM   #4
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I was drawn in to this part of the forum because of your subject line and the weird O word.

I often wondered what Ommmmmm was short for, now I know!

I'm glad I visited - what aweird pic Stevekins - but very lookable at in a strange sort of way.

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Old Jun 23, 2005, 5:33 AM   #5
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Thanks Caroline......I think :lol:.

I know George is a bit whited out,he's almost ghostly.

But it's my picture and I like it !!! (Stamps foot, picks up ball and leaves):G.
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Old Jun 23, 2005, 10:29 AM   #6
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Steve,

Not only do I love the picture but I learned a new word too!! (Mind you, I'll never be able to pronounce it). I think I shall begin to call you Yoda.:lol:

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Old Jun 23, 2005, 11:13 AM   #7
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Rose, I can't even spell it, never mind pronounce it :?.

And I only know what it means because I looked up 'contemplating one's navel', just to be sure it meant what I thought it meant. It did, but threw up the word to describe it.

Perhaps you'd better call me Yogi instead :G.

Glad you like it, thanks.

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I think it is a wonderful picture, I have a few that are almost like it.

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Old Jun 23, 2005, 3:43 PM   #9
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Thank you mailwmr5, so do I. But I think I am biased because of thesubject, he is my Grandson after all :-).

This was last Sunday, he'll soon be 20 months old, that's him in my avatar with me.

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FYI:

The phrase "contemplating one's own navel" has the ring of a long and honourable history behind it. The word "omphaloskepsis" (also called "omphaloscopy"), meaning "contemplating one's navel as an aid to meditation", sounds like it is thousands of years old. "Skepsis" is a Greek word meaning "the act of looking, or inquiry". However, the Merriam-Webster web site "Word of the Day" column claims that omphaloskepsis was invented only in the 1920s.

Sourced from: http://www.abc.net.au/science/k2/lint/facts.htm


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