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    Spring is on the way . . .

    . . . at least on the California coast.

    Spring is on the way . . .
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    Re: Spring is on the way . . .

    You're increasingly displaying your artistry in this work. You really are becoming a specialist who is leading the development of this approach to picture-making. It's a delight to observe. Once your work is sought after, can we say that we knew you as you were growing and developing your skills?

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    Re: Spring is on the way . . .

    Oh, Donald, you make me blush. I think I just decided that I'm never going to be as good a technical photographer (and creative genius) as the rest of you lot are -- I have no patience, my hands shake, etc. So I'm striking out in a different direction. I hope I will find a little success at the end of that road.

    Those trees are so beautiful -- I have to go back later today or early tomorrow morning and try to get some better light. More will follow, I'm sure.

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    Re: Spring is on the way . . .

    Beautiful Elise. I love the combination of the colours of the pink blossom and the pale lichen. And I feel the softness of the petals and the texture of the lichen. The texture compliments the subject perfectly.

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    Very good, Elise. The colours are excellent. What did you use for the backdrop? I've started collecting these backdrop images but haven't done anything with them yet.

    BTW, did you know that your file is 2MB? It might take a while to load for some viewers.

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    Re: Spring is on the way . . .

    Its very interesting. I love the colors and the textures. I'm envious of this talent, cause my brain doesn't think this way, layer textures and photo effects and all, I just can't go there and when I try all I get is .......brown...like in kindergarten when you start mixing paints and everything starts all well and good but then you go one color to far and you're stuck with brown. I'm very very curious as to what the original photograph is...is this just one photograph?

    Debbie

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    Wow, Elise! Definitely a GOL! I'm just super jealous, though. I'm dying to try out the new lens on something growing outside. Meanwhile, Debbie and I are getting 5 or so more inches of snow.

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    Re: Spring is on the way . . .

    Sorry, Rob -- I fixed it. I was under the impression that the tinypic thing automatically resized on the "default" setting.

    Here's the original pic:

    Spring is on the way . . .

    There's no background other than the trees or whatever it was behind the branch with flowers. Debbie, it's really not hard and it's a lot of fun, once you start fooling around with it. I started with "recipes" that Paul and Jill at Flypaper Textures give for the pictures they post on their blog. I might start with one of their recipes but then wind up somewhere completely different by using different textures -- on this picture, I used a kind of purplish silk texture, and one called "archival canvas," and a couple of others with soft colors. It's just a matter of playing around. You can see examples of the kinds of textures I use here.

    Maybe I could do a little tutorial with some free textures . . .

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    Re: Spring is on the way . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by mythlady View Post
    Sorry, Rob -- I fixed it. I was under the impression that the tinypic thing automatically resized on the "default" setting.
    Tinypics is actually Photobucket. And I think it has quite a large individual file size allowance. I'm not sure about this (I'm sure Sean or Colin might know) but when you view a page it has to download all the photo files for the page. If a file is over 700px long it gets rescaled on CiC to 700px long, but it still downloads the full file. That's how you are able to do a 'view image' and get the full file in a different window/tab. I may have got that all wrong.

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    Re: Spring is on the way . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Katy Noelle View Post
    Meanwhile, Debbie and I are getting 5 or so more inches of snow.
    Relentless isn't it? 4 out of 31 days in Jan with no snowfall, more tonite, and more next week. Glad I got out in the blue sky today. Sorry for the sidebar Elise, but keep them outdoor flower pictures comin'! We need them!

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    Re: Spring is on the way . . .

    The flowers are nice, but I love the textural and color quality of the lichen as much as anything else in the picture. I think carefully extrapolated, you would have a very unique texture for a backdrop in another photo. Very nice work.

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    Re: Spring is on the way . . .

    Oh, those trees are just covered in lichen. I could easily get pics of just the lichen.

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    Re: Spring is on the way . . .

    [QUOTE= I think I just decided that I'm never going to be as good a technical photographer (and creative genius) as the rest of you lot are -- I have no patience, my hands shake, etc. So I'm striking out in a different direction. I hope I will find a little success at the end of that road.
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    I feel ya!!!!

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    Re: Spring is on the way . . .

    Elise, I think you've found your own style by now. I've seen the changes on your work and I am really very impressed. It's very creative and unique! Well done.
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    Re: Spring is on the way . . .

    Thanks, Jiro and Krisztina --

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