Daily Image - Feb 2012 Archive - sonofjohan
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07 Feb 12.  A change of pace for today and something I've never done before, that is, to share an image I'm submitting for competition. The assignment for one of the local clubs last month while we were on cruise was an image in green in the Altered Reality category. The meeting was canceled due to weather (solid white rain) and the tasking got rescheduled for this month. I had some ideas in mind but none of them worked even to the slightest, so I had to totally rethink my approach and in the process came up with the idea of combining a weather related aspect (water) with something botanical, getting the concept while working on a few of the images from the trip. The result, my all time favorite image, is this one of a grouping of ferns reflecting on the surface of a pool of water, the water having been disturbed by something hitting it. The result is a series of ripples emanating out from the center of the reflection. It started as a photo of ferns taken in a San Diego conservatory. I cropped the original, applied an oil painting texture to it, and saved that out. I then reopened the oil painted file, changed its bit depth from 16 to 8 to apply the rippling filter, twiddled with that filter to get the results I wanted, saved that out, did a wee bit of cloning to remove a couple distracting areas, and then used a curves adjustment to get the final look. It sounds like a lot of work but in reality took less than 30 minutes from concept to completion. Now we just need to find out what the judges think about it, and to quote a very good friend and top rated photographer, "What do the judges know?"  ISO 250; 1/60 sec @ f /11with fill flash.

07 Feb 12. A change of pace for today and something I've never done before, that is, to share an image I'm submitting for competition. The assignment for one of the local clubs last month while we were on cruise was an image in green in the Altered Reality category. The meeting was canceled due to weather (solid white rain) and the tasking got rescheduled for this month. I had some ideas in mind but none of them worked even to the slightest, so I had to totally rethink my approach and in the process came up with the idea of combining a weather related aspect (water) with something botanical, getting the concept while working on a few of the images from the trip. The result, my all time favorite image, is this one of a grouping of ferns reflecting on the surface of a pool of water, the water having been disturbed by something hitting it. The result is a series of ripples emanating out from the center of the reflection. It started as a photo of ferns taken in a San Diego conservatory. I cropped the original, applied an oil painting texture to it, and saved that out. I then reopened the oil painted file, changed its bit depth from 16 to 8 to apply the rippling filter, twiddled with that filter to get the results I wanted, saved that out, did a wee bit of cloning to remove a couple distracting areas, and then used a curves adjustment to get the final look. It sounds like a lot of work but in reality took less than 30 minutes from concept to completion. Now we just need to find out what the judges think about it, and to quote a very good friend and top rated photographer, "What do the judges know?" ISO 250; 1/60 sec @ f /11with fill flash.

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