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    Really hard to decide....save or delete?

    I've been looking at this picture on and off for a few weeks and I can't bring myself to hit the delete button.
    There is just something there that makes me come back to it, look at it and wonder what in the world I can do with
    it.
    I used my husband as a tripod, told him not to breathe, but he did anyway..... just when I pushed the shutter button.
    It's just one of those 'once in a lifetime' accidents that turn out to be (maybe) keepers. If nothing else, it can maybe make a decent backdrop for another picture.
    I tried b/w, but the result was dissappointing.


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    Really hard to decide....save or delete?

    and one (of many) edits.
    Really hard to decide....save or delete?

    Am I just to attached after looking at it since last september? Maybe the thing is growing on me, and I can't let
    go....

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    Re: Really hard to decide....save or delete?

    trut your instincts Kris, never delete if your unsure, and plus, i love your One of many edits! How did you do that?

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    Re: Really hard to decide....save or delete?

    I agree with Allen here.

    Keep it.

    And share some other edits....

    - Bill

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    Re: Really hard to decide....save or delete?

    Sometimes, what we intended to shoot turns out to be something completely different... a lucky accident. I think these images have a nice, abstract feeling about them, especially the second one. The sinuous curves of the edge of the leaves are very pretty as well as the colors. Keep them and let them inspire your experimentation and imagination. We often grow more from our mistakes than from our successes. I would not call these mistakes, just a different and perhaps exciting new possibility and vision in your photography.

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    Re: Really hard to decide....save or delete?

    Quote Originally Posted by allenlennon View Post
    trut your instincts Kris, never delete if your unsure, and plus, i love your One of many edits! How did you do that?
    I have exactly the opposite reaction -- when in doubt, delete. But I produce so many crappy photographs that I'm attached to just because I took them that anything I can delete I should delete. Obviously, YMMV.

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    Re: Really hard to decide....save or delete?

    Quote Originally Posted by ktuli View Post
    I agree with Allen here.

    Keep it.

    And share some other edits....

    - Bill
    I posted a few on Flickr and believe it or not, I'm still playing with the darned thing. I don't seem to be able to let go of this...
    Last edited by Kris V; 29th November 2011 at 03:47 PM.

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    Re: Really hard to decide....save or delete?

    Quote Originally Posted by allenlennon View Post
    How did you do that?
    Actually, this was one of the first edits I did.
    As close as I remember:
    Duplicated the layer (blending mode: multiply at 55%) merged down, and used Nik Silver FX to convert to B/W - duplicated the B/W layer and used Redfield ATX, (I don't remember the settings) and set blending mode to Linear light at 25%.
    Merged the 2 layers for the final jpg.

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    Re: Really hard to decide....save or delete?

    Love the abstract feel (of the edit especialy).

    As to your husband, get him to practice not breathing for longer periods.
    I'm sure there are several methods you can use to help (including the bathtub and water).

    Seriously though, if these are the results with a living breathing tripod, keep up the good work.

    Graham

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    Re: Really hard to decide....save or delete?

    I think the edit would look far better.....on a wall!

    I love it when you can get something from a complete mistake. One of my most popular pics on flickr was a complete b***s up!

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    Re: Really hard to decide....save or delete?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Blue Boy View Post
    I think the edit would look far better.....on a wall!
    Hm, I might think about that - need to decide on the size.

    I love it when you can get something from a complete mistake. One of my most popular pics on flickr was a complete b***s up!
    Too bad it doesn't happen that often! Usually the mistakes are just that....a mistake!

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    Re: Really hard to decide....save or delete?

    I quite like treatment of the "mistake". I feel your gut reaction to keep it is valid.

    As for mistakes: penicillin, vulcanized rubber, velcro, post it notes, playdoh and chocolate chip cookies were all either mistakes or someone seeing the potential in the flawed.

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    Re: Really hard to decide....save or delete?

    How about this?

    Really hard to decide....save or delete?

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    Re: Really hard to decide....save or delete?

    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Southern View Post
    How about this?

    Really hard to decide....save or delete?
    Very nice - Thanks Colin!
    What did you do?
    PS- This thing is turning into a MASTERPIECE!

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    There is a technique called 'Intentional Camera Movement' and this image is an excellent example of that. Search on Flickr for ICM.
    I really like it.

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    Re: Really hard to decide....save or delete?

    Quote Originally Posted by CougarFool View Post
    There is a technique called 'Intentional Camera Movement' and this image is an excellent example of that. Search on Flickr for ICM.
    I really like it.
    Read about it - I never intentionally tried it. With my luck, it wouldn't work anyway....

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    Re: Really hard to decide....save or delete?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kris V View Post
    Very nice - Thanks Colin!
    What did you do?
    PS- This thing is turning into a MASTERPIECE!
    Hi Kris,

    Just a few quick things in Photoshop

    - Played with the levels in ACR

    - Played with the colours in ACR

    - Sharpened

    - Duplicated the layer - apply gaussean blur - vary opacity to soften

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    Re: Really hard to decide....save or delete?

    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Southern View Post
    Hi Kris,

    Just a few quick things in Photoshop

    - Played with the levels in ACR

    - Played with the colours in ACR

    - Sharpened

    - Duplicated the layer - apply gaussean blur - vary opacity to soften
    Thanks! It looks great!

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