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    Re: Blends

    Mike, I like both of these.

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    Re: Blends

    Quote Originally Posted by Diane B View Post
    Mike, I like both of these.
    Thanks Diane,
    I been working on this for a while trying to get the balance right so that it is not too revealing. I'm working on a cropped portrait as well that I might upload later.

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    Re: Fishermen

    Quote Originally Posted by Diane B View Post
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    I like your mode in blending LOL--difference!!!

    I meant to comment on your fishermen shot also--I did say that I liked the botanicals/landscapes best, but there aer some others that stand out for me also--this being one.
    Thank you Diane.

    In point of fact I use the "Difference" Blend mode in my Layers work in Photoshop too! Not as a pure transparency but partly "exposed" so-to-speak in the layer stack.


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    Re: Blends

    I think this texture works better. I like the trees but finding the optimal texture is a bit challenging.

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    Re: Blends

    I agree Uwe--I prefer the second texture. I don't have a large library of textures to draw on so have been on the hunt online to find hi rez textures to use. I now have enough to work with including some of my own--and will layer a few to create some more to suit me. The hardest is finding a texture to work with an images, but I decided that using masks, layers with the textures gives me more latitude to get what I want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diane B View Post
    The hardest is finding a texture to work with an images, but I decided that using masks, layers with the textures gives me more latitude to get what I want.

    Diane
    Yes finding textures is challenging. Right now I stay away from using masks but it would of course give optimal control.

    I create often new textures by blending different textures. The texture I used above was a blend of 3 different textures. The new texture is now in my catalog of textures.

    It is also important whether you create entire new images using blending of if you blend to enhance a main image. In the tree picture above it was all about improving the sky in the overall picture.
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    Re: Textures

    Quote Originally Posted by Diane B View Post
    I don't have a large library of textures to draw on ../.. but I decided that using masks, layers with the textures gives me more latitude to get what I want.
    Oh but you do, Diane. If I remember correctly you were in the "textile business", weren't you? All your fabrics are ideal textures. The main reason Mike's are so beautiful to the eye in my view is because he uses painted canvasses - cloth is a good alternative, don't you think? Well lit with side flash will produce excellent examples.
    Masks and Layers are indeed the key to satisfying blended images.

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    I am also thinking of scanning fabrics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by m3photo View Post
    Oh but you do, Diane. If I remember correctly you were in the "textile business", weren't you? All your fabrics are ideal textures. The main reason Mike's are so beautiful to the eye in my view is because he uses painted canvasses - cloth is a good alternative, don't you think? Well lit with side flash will produce excellent examples.
    Masks and Layers are indeed the key to satisfying blended images.
    Yes, you're right, but mostly all gone. I tried one of my screens with complex weaves and surface design this afternoon--we'll see, but I have only a very few left. But---OTOH, glad that everything did find good homes, walls, whatever.

    But, my husband is a designer with lots of fabrics stacked in many places. There are some in there that may be worth shooting--hmmmm, we'll see. I don't like repetitive textures much, so will look for more complex weaves that have large repeats along and perhaps mix with some of my more 'random' textures I've shot and accumulated.

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    >I don't like repetitive textures much

    Think of these as an element to blend with other textures.
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    Re: Fabrics

    Quote Originally Posted by Diane B View Post
    There are some in there that may be worth shooting--hmmmm, we'll see. I don't like repetitive textures much, so will look for more complex weaves that have large repeats along and perhaps mix with some of my more 'random' textures I've shot and accumulated.
    Can't wait!
    You're quite right. Repetitive designs don't work, that's one of the reasons painted canvas and random cracked walls do so well.

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    Re: Blends

    Big Sur (IR shot blended with texture derived from a fish container)

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    Re: Blends

    Latest image from Prague



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    Re: Big Sur

    Quote Originally Posted by ustein View Post
    Big Sur (IR shot blended with texture derived from a fish container)
    There you go; irregular texture = beautiful result, I like it.

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    Re: Swans in the Valtava

    Quote Originally Posted by mregnier View Post
    Latest image from Prague
    A beautiful image Mike. Was this a lensbaby shot or did you defocus the edges "by hand"?

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    Re: Blends

    This is one of my "tree" series bokehgraphs with a couple of textures put on it.

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    Re: Blends

    Quote Originally Posted by woodmancy View Post
    This is one of my "tree" series bokehgraphs with a couple of textures put on it.
    I like this one a lot, Keith. It reminds me of some things I've seen with experimental print-making -- emulsion transfers and such.
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    Re: Blends

    Quote Originally Posted by JBurnett View Post
    I like this one a lot, Keith. It reminds me of some things I've seen with experimental print-making -- emulsion transfers and such.
    Thanks Jon

    I think you are getting as much fun out of this stuff as I am. I really like the tilt adapter, and have been inspired with Mike's work. I stretched this image by x2 vertically - wouldn't have done that before Mike appeared on the scene.

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    Re: Stretching

    Quote Originally Posted by woodmancy View Post
    I stretched this image by x2 vertically - wouldn't have done that before Mike appeared on the scene.
    I'm with you on this one. Stretching some subjects really adds to the overall idea quite well. I find that I still prefer the two by three format I always had with my 35mm slides and therefore quite often take a 4:3 image from the G1 and give it that extra width to fit 24x36.

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    Re: Blends

    Michael, you are really on the roll now, another good one.
    Did you use a neon filter or/and saturisation sliders?
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    Re: Stretching

    Quote Originally Posted by m3photo View Post
    I'm with you on this one. Stretching some subjects really adds to the overall idea quite well. I find that I still prefer the two by three format I always had with my 35mm slides and therefore quite often take a 4:3 image from the G1 and give it that extra width to fit 24x36.

    Busy Street

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    Are you sure this is not a bokehgraph?

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    Canvas blended

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    Re: Blends

    These last few posts have been very nice. I enjoy coming back to the site every so often during the day to see what every one has been up to. there is some really nice work being done here.

    cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by mregnier View Post
    These last few posts have been very nice. I enjoy coming back to the site every so often during the day to see what every one has been up to. there is some really nice work being done here.

    cheers
    Mike
    Mike, I think especially your work inspired and pushed us all. Very nice thread.
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    Re: Blends

    Quote Originally Posted by ustein View Post
    Mike, I think especially your work inspired and pushed us all. Very nice thread.
    Thanks for the kind words Uwe. I think we are all inspiring each other.

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    Re: Busy Street

    Quote Originally Posted by Michiel Schierbeek View Post
    Did you use a neon filter or/and saturisation sliders?
    Thank you again Michiel. This isn't done with filters but with stacking layers. I do apply the Shadow/Highlight command for the final touch though.

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    Re: Bokehgraph

    Quote Originally Posted by woodmancy View Post
    Are you sure this is not a bokehgraph?
    I'm not sure of anything anymore

    I placed this image here because I blended five layers to do it but you're also correct as they were all out of focus to start with!

    Your idea of combining this and the "Blend" threads was a good one - any luck with the "Bosses"?

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    Re: Synergy

    Quote Originally Posted by mregnier View Post
    I think we are all inspiring each other.
    Quite so. That's why these forums are the most fun in photo-cyberland

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    Re: Blends

    Michael - I didn't pursue the idea of merging the bokeh threads with the blends. Instead I had an epiphany when I got my Lensbabies and tilt adapter, and started working on some images. I found myself concentrating on what I could do for a single image, trying to pull out as much as I could from it.

    When Mike posted some early Lensbaby stuff in the bokehgraphy thread, he inspired me to get one. From there I decided to learn PS and try some of his other techniques. I now bounce between the bokeh stuff and blends.

    The series of three pictures I put up recently are pure single image bokehgraphs with OOF and textures produced by pure mechanical means and LightRoom sliders. I did one variation with texture blending and posted it in the blends thread.

    So, in summary, I'm happy to work in either thread. If we brought them together I strongly feel we should differentiate 75% Camera/25%PS, and 25%Camera/75%PS

    But I don't think we need to dilute this exciting space with too many threads.

    Right now I am experimenting with "digital Hockney joiners" and probably they would deserve a thread of their own - but I don't know if we have enough interested parties to sustain it.

    Lots of stuff going on - but that's gooood

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    Re: Blends

    "Florida Everglades"

    Blend of three images, but no textures

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    Re: Blends

    Quote Originally Posted by woodmancy View Post
    "Florida Everglades"

    Blend of three images, but no textures

    Keith

    Excellent swamp feeling.
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    Re: Blends

    all I can say is WOW, keith. You are doing some nice work.

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    Re: Merging the Blends or Blending the Merges!

    Quote Originally Posted by woodmancy View Post
    Lots of stuff going on - but that's gooood
    That's it in a nutshell

    But, gosh; where do I put this one?

    Also three layers/no texture - Blended with Bokeh:


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    Re: Blends

    It took me while to figure out how to do this stuff in "lowly" Photoshop Elements 6. Probably much easier in CS4.

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    Re: Blends

    Quote Originally Posted by JBurnett View Post
    It took me while to figure out how to do this stuff in "lowly" Photoshop Elements 6. Probably much easier in CS4.

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    OMG - what variety of blending stuff we are seeing here. John, was this shot in Las Vegas . . . ;-) ?

    Re CS4 - uphill learning curve, but if you have mastered Elements, shouldn't be too bad. I've found one of the best on-line training sites to be Lynda.com, but you have to pay.

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    Last edited by woodmancy; 23rd January 2010 at 12:44.

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    Re: Merging the Blends or Blending the Merges!

    Quote Originally Posted by m3photo View Post
    That's it in a nutshell

    But, gosh; where do I put this one?

    Also three layers/no texture - Blended with Bokeh:
    If it is one image, shove it in Bokehs

    If you blend it, even on variations of itself, put it in blends.

    Looking forward to seeing more of yours Michael - we can see the direction in which you are going - just waiting for end-point

    Love it

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    Re: Blends

    Quote Originally Posted by ustein View Post
    Excellent swamp feeling.
    Thanks Uwe and Mike

    There are times when blends work well but you can't figure out a way to get a texture on the top - like this one, it's got enough texture anyway.

    When Mike found the Bokeh thread he pointed out that those drastically OOF images could benefit by some sharp texture on the top - and he is right.

    "Everglades" is a blend made from sharp images to start with.

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    Last edited by woodmancy; 23rd January 2010 at 12:38.

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    Re: Blends

    I've been driving by an apple orchard near my home and noticing that one whole section had been left for the winter with some apples still on the trees. I finally got around to stopping and trekking through the snow to get some photos.

    This is with the G1, 14-45mm. Two textures. I call it "Left on the Trees"

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    Quote Originally Posted by btrancho View Post
    I've been driving by an apple orchard near my home and noticing that one whole section had been left for the winter with some apples still on the trees. I finally got around to stopping and trekking through the snow to get some photos.

    This is with the G1, 14-45mm. Two textures. I call it "Left on the Trees"

    Works great. Same image without texture would show too much boring sky.
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    Re: Blends

    Quote Originally Posted by btrancho View Post
    I've been driving by an apple orchard near my home and noticing that one whole section had been left for the winter with some apples still on the trees. I finally got around to stopping and trekking through the snow to get some photos.

    This is with the G1, 14-45mm. Two textures. I call it "Left on the Trees"
    Really beautiful image - the silhouettes, colors and textures. Has that "Old Masters, Dutch look" about it.

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    Re: Waiting ...

    Quote Originally Posted by woodmancy View Post
    - just waiting for end-point
    So have I - for the last thirty or so years

    Thank you Keith.

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    Re: Blends

    +1 for "Left on the Trees"

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    Quote Originally Posted by ustein View Post
    Works great. Same image without texture would show too much boring sky.
    Very true - the original has snow on the ground and a washed out winter sky. The ground almost extends up into the heavens.

    The positive comments are much appreciated.
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    Re: Blends

    San Juan Bautista Mission in two variations:



    Last edited by ustein; 23rd January 2010 at 18:00.
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    Re: Blends

    Quote Originally Posted by ustein View Post
    San Juan Bautista Mission in two variations:
    Love them both, Uwe. The second one has more drama in it.

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    Re: Blends

    "Falklands Cross"

    My second attempt at this one - the first is at the beginning of this thread, and was done before I took my PS lessons

    Many lives were lost in the bay just near here - this is one of the Memorials.

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    Re: Blends

    Quote Originally Posted by woodmancy View Post
    "Falklands Cross"

    My second attempt at this one - the first is at the beginning of this thread, and was done before I took my PS lessons

    Many lives were lost in the bay just near here - this is one of the Memorials.

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    Hi Keith,
    Your image shows a lot of sensitivity and sympathy. Best regards, Leica 77.

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    Re: Blends

    Quote Originally Posted by Leica 77 View Post
    Hi Keith,
    Your image shows a lot of sensitivity and sympathy. Best regards, Leica 77.
    Thanks Leica

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    San Juan Bautista Jail

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