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nature morte

Firstly, I must fess-up, I’m not too used to still-life set-ups,
as they’re a bit of a new thing for me.
But knowing those few basics about three being better than two
and five being better than four objects, gets you into the right arrondissement of Nature Morte! Don’t ask me why, I suppose seeing odd numbers disturbs the eye a little more than seeing evenly grouped numbers of objects?
More disturbance is obtained by placing the whole set-up, off-center.
Shot in my little French house’s top north facing room with reflected sunlight in raw.

Again, very simply processed. I used the most basic of painterly effects first, being just a slight noise reduction in the filters.
And then the following textures;

Ming – Hard Light @ 61%
Base image – desaturated – Soft Light @ 32%
Muscatel – Soft Light @ 61%
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The Bull on the Hill

This was taken on one of those hot summer days early in the morning when there was thick fog in the valleys. We were travelling to inland Otago via a road known as the Dunstan Trail which was used by the early settlers and miners heading to the Dunstan goldfields in the 1860’s. We were heading up a hill though farmland when we spotted a herd of cattle just beside the road, this young bull was rushing to join the rest of his “family”. Just a little way up the hill from here we suddenly came out into the brilliant sunshine.

Processed as follows:
Apple Blush @Soft Light 100 % desaturated
Ming @Soft Light 64 % desaturated
Tarte Tatin @Overlay 45 %
Lost Void @ Difference 35 % with some texture removed from the lower bit
Labyrinth @ Overlay 71 % blurred a little
Copy of background Overlay 45%

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soft blues

Its uncanny, but when I look at this image, I’m transported back to painting scenic backdrops for Harrods Bridal windows!
I had the job of doing all the back few dozen windows, all the while being chased from window to window by the designers.
Not that they had Cornishware in those windows, but the ‘look’ was the same soft dreamy white.

This effect was very simple, my main concern was to remove the warm tones thrown by the sunlit yellow building opposite my house.

Back on flickr, yesterday, Martine said;
“lovely set and light… like a dream kitchen”
– And I answered; “Lol, yes, after our flour fight”! 😛

Lime Plaster – hard light @ 66%
Ming – (slightly desaturated) @ soft light 100%

English Cornishware is still made by the original manufacturers;
T G Green and can always be purchased on-line.
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sweet peas

These sweet peas were growing over a neighbours fence and I appropriated a few flowers on my way past for photographic purposes. *notes to self to remember to plant some seeds next year*.

Processed as follows:
Curves layer to adjust the contrast
Archival canvas @ multiply 67%
Shargreen Bone @ soft light 100%
Apple Blush @overlay 100%
Peach Blush @multipy 100% desaturated
Copy of background @ soft light 20 %
Labyrinth @ vivid light 78 % with some of the texture removed from the focus flowers.
(Jill is on vacation)
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hare tricks

With Easter on its way, hopping through all this thawing snow,
I thought I’d try something a little experimental as well as seasonal
with our textures.
I was after an antique surreal scene, perhaps in the style of the old master Alfred Stieglitz ‘Camera Work’.
I used an old wine crate from my cellar, (with thanks to that Professor who also left me around a hundred empty wine bottles!) and placed a few things inside, held it up to the wintry light and took a few snaps.
And Hey Presto, the base image was the result!
I then added these few textures to create more of an antique atmosphere, and finally, to help pull it all together, turned the whole thing sepia.

Antique Liaisons (desaturated) Hard Light 59%
Raw Linen (part desaturated) Soft Light 100%
Elysium – Soft Light 69%
Labyrinth Soft Light 51%
Holmes (desaturated) Overlay 100%
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brushes (with the law)

In my little old French house I have a kind of a studio,
where the walls are still rough as I’ve not yet decorated .
It used to belong to a Dutch professor of colour therapy.
He’s still in France because I keep getting his speeding tickets!
Anyhow, he said this top north facing room was where he did all
his writing, and I can see why!:-)

After raving about all those cool dreamy, desaturated images in our flypaper group on Flickr, I thought I’d give it a go myself, and here’s my first attempt. For those who have yet to discover ‘desaturated flypaper textures’ I hope this might help? Shot in Raw with natural light entering through open balcony windows, It gets the warm reflected sun from a yellow house opposite.

Dangerous Liaisons (desaturated) Overlay @ 23%
Backdrop – Hard Light @ 70%
Copy of base image – Soft Light @ 78%
Leaden Hall – (skirt cropped) Hard Light @ 45%
Colosseum Sienna (desaturated) Soft Light @ 45%

I shot this image in portrait format, the original is not a square, thus you might notice the top of the textures are missing from my image.
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Drive-By

Another drive-by shooting…I’m getting good at taking photos out the car window, thankfully I’m the passenger so I have plenty of opportunity.
I won’t be around for the next week or so but Paul will be here taking care of things.

A lot of textures went into this photo.
I started with
Muscatel @ Linear Light 22%
Laybrinth @ Vivid Light 44%
Lavender Skies @ Vivid Light 25%
Lost Void @ Overlay 61%
Holmes @ Hard Light 64% desaturated a little
Apple Blush @ Hard light 52 % blurred a little
Apple Blush @ Soft light 80% desaturated and masked from the lower portion of the image as it was making it dark.
Brownish colour fill layer @ Overlay 47 %
phew….getting there…:-)
Copy of background Soft light 26 %
Labyrinth @ Overlay 67%

and we’re done!

There was a lot of adding and taking away of layers and tweaking of blending modes and opacities before I came to the combination you see above. Have a great weekend and week ahead everyone!
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Blueberries

I have one blueberry bush in my garden. It dates back to the days when I was studying horticulture by correspondence at one of our NZ universities. As part of our studies we had to attend a week long block course which for me meant travelling to the North Island. It was great few days of practical lessons and field trips and meeting my co-students and the lecturers.
At the end of the week I came home with this blueberry bush, it sat at my feet in the plane on the flight home (not sure if that would happen now!) Anyway it’s thrived in the garden and if we protect it from the birds usually get a small crop of berries…mmmm!!

Processing…well after an initial tweak of the tone and suchlike with curves.
I used:
Archival Canvas@ hard light 40% (this gave most of the softness you see in the finished photo)
Voyageur Map @ multiply 100% (de-saturated to remove the yellowish tone)
Another curves layer to soften and lighten
Bluish colour layer @ screen 25%
Copy of background @ screen 39%
Copy of background @ normal 23 %
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The Chase

This is proof that it pays to keep your camera handy!
I just managed to capture the lead figure before he was lost into shadow.
The before image has already had the Painterly effect and a texture.
I removed the green lens flare by painting the warm texture tones with Color Burn to cancel out the green, it worked perfectly!
I also removed those pesky council utilities grates from the footpath and a satellite dish from the distant balcony with the clone and patch tool.
The Free stone texture used last, is on my flickr site Here.

Raw Linen – Overlay @ 100%
Muscatel – Overlay @ 100%
Free stone texture – Soft Light @ 100%
This paler stone texture was brushed from the back of the head of the foreground figure.
Finish with a final desaturating color tweak to tone down the warmth from the textures.

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Gently

More roses from my mothers garden, she has inherited lots of standard roses with trunks like small trees! I’m not a big fan of that style of rose bush myself but can see the advantages, you don’t have to bend over to smell them and they’re much easier to weed around, you can also cram more into your garden.

Anyway, this was processed as follows.
Sail cloth@ Hard light 75% blurred with a gaussian blur
Concorde @screen 46% with it’s saturation increased using a hue saturation adjustment as mentioned in my previous tutorial.
Dark blue colour layer @ exclusion 20%
Purple colour layer @ overlay 30%
Then the overall tone was tweaked with curves and hue saturation adjustment layers
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