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A couple of poppy seed heads that are rotting away nicely in my garden with all the rain that we have been getting. Not a sight I've seen before - usually they just dry up over the summer and autumn - but what wonderful decay SmileSmile
I've used a layer from a third seed head - looking from above.
This was rather a heavy looking image in colour, so I copied it and converted it to b/w and then used that as a masked layer over the coloured version and brought back just a tad of the colour in the six pictures, and more in the pattern from the layer.
I'm sure I will work another image or two with some of the shots I took.

The whole process took me just two hours. Some of you may ask why spend that time when I had two perfectly good shots in the first place?
I suppose for me photography is a tool to create something with - I'm not using pencil or paint but I am making something unique from what I see, and I'm developing my ideas as I go along. Its also wonderful to see beauty in the ordinary and quite simple things around me and be able to share what I see.

I asked a question in the Forum yesterday about Nathan - the topic has been "locked before it turns sour" It was encouraging to see how many members added their views during the day, and it was somewhat reassuring to find that he was upset rather than critically ill, which we were all naturally concerned about. I'm dedicating this to him in appreciation of what he gave to the site in terms of his photos, comments, thoughts and humour, and what he gave to many of us in terms of encouragement in spite of his ongoing physical and mental difficulties. I hope in time he is able to return to the site
Thanks for looking
Helen

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Title:For Nathan [NDODS]
Username:helenlinda helenlinda
Uploaded:27 Sep 2012 - 9:14 AM
Tags:Digital art, Digitally manipulated, Flowers & plants
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debu
debu  4 India
27 Sep 2012 - 9:17 AM

Great work.
debu

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mrswoolybill
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27 Sep 2012 - 9:21 AM

The delicacy of the background layer brings the montage together beautifully, like this a lot.
Moira

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2012 - 9:30 AM

Thanks Debu and Moira SmileSmile

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mikbee
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27 Sep 2012 - 9:34 AM

Another fine piece of work Helen.
And I am relieved too that it is not illness that was Nathans problem.
Mick.

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Dave_Henderson
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27 Sep 2012 - 9:34 AM

Agree with Moira with the background, nice.

Dave

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helenlinda
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27 Sep 2012 - 9:36 AM

Thanks Mick and Dave SmileSmile

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morpheus1955
27 Sep 2012 - 9:38 AM

Lovely image, exceptionally well done, i like this a lot

Hugh

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helenlinda
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27 Sep 2012 - 9:47 AM

Thanks Hugh Smile

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Fefe
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27 Sep 2012 - 10:06 AM

Nice work, Very effective!
Diane

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helenlinda
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27 Sep 2012 - 10:07 AM

Thanks Diane Smile

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fentiger
fentiger  13915 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2012 - 10:17 AM

Who would have thought that old poppy seed heads could be made to look so beautiful ~ only your creative mind Helen! Very well done.

Albert

PS It is really sad about Nathan deciding to leave he was inspirational.

Last Modified By fentiger at 27 Sep 2012 - 10:18 AM

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Badgerfred
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27 Sep 2012 - 10:36 AM

Excellent work Helen,
Fred.

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SlowSong
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27 Sep 2012 - 10:52 AM

What a beautiful creation. I'm sure if Nathan pops in he'll be very touched.
x

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bps11
bps11  2 England
27 Sep 2012 - 10:58 AM

Well created....congrats!

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AnnChown
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27 Sep 2012 - 11:10 AM

A fabulous creation Helen and a lovely dedication to a friend.
Ann

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Joline
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27 Sep 2012 - 11:54 AM

This is lovely....I do hope he comes back...I always enjoyed his insights and comments.

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achieverswales
27 Sep 2012 - 11:54 AM

A great fitting tribute to Nathan Helen, your artistic bent is showing through on this excellent photographic/processing capture, I still do not know why Eric left, but hope he will return one day, time is a great healer.

Regards

Trev.

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helenlinda
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27 Sep 2012 - 12:06 PM

Thanks everyone SmileSmile

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barbarahirst
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27 Sep 2012 - 12:38 PM

got quite a few of these to.
you have made a great image with them

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franken
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27 Sep 2012 - 12:57 PM

I love this Helen it really is brilliant work.


Ken

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taggart
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27 Sep 2012 - 1:33 PM

I am quite fond of the poppy seed case, and its many variations as it decays-- Love this!

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gingerdelight
27 Sep 2012 - 1:36 PM

A special dedication to a special person who I hope gets to see this!
Carol

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CarolG
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27 Sep 2012 - 1:59 PM

Very well created, Helen, and I hope he returns to us very soon, he is sorely missed for his wonderful images and comments. Carol

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
27 Sep 2012 - 2:43 PM

Great images very well done, I always loved poppies and the seed heads, nicely processed like it.regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin hope some one can get Nathan back!.

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helenlinda
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27 Sep 2012 - 2:47 PM

Thanks everyone for your comments SmileSmile

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TrevBatWCC
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27 Sep 2012 - 3:57 PM

Excellent piece of work, Helen, and a fine dedication to Nathan. I did look again earlier on the Forum, but found no further info, but good to hear from you that he's reasonably OK. I shall miss his work on here, especially his recent uploads.
Trev Smile

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JohnChambersPhotography

Good work takes time to excell your time was well spent love the processing well framed and presented, We all are concerned for Nathan and you summed it up so nicely, well done you Helen a lovely dedication to our friend Nathan.

John

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rayme330
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27 Sep 2012 - 4:28 PM

Excellent montage, Helen, and it is interesting to read your philosophy behind your art.

Ray

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Gerryrys
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27 Sep 2012 - 5:02 PM

Great pic. and I agree with your sentiment wholeheartedly.

Gerry

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Niknut
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27 Sep 2012 - 5:35 PM

Superb !!!!......another faultless piece of work !!!!

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Irishkate
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27 Sep 2012 - 5:36 PM

I love to see your ideas and how you develop them.
I understand the satisfaction you get from your creations.
You've brought out patterns here that we'd normally pass by.
Your finished images look like fine china dishes.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 - 6:01 PM

Lovely image and tribute, Helen.

I think we will all miss Nathan's eloquent comments.

P.

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helenlinda
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27 Sep 2012 - 6:32 PM

Many thanks for your comments and in particular many thanks to John for his User Award SmileSmileSmile

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gajewski
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27 Sep 2012 - 6:38 PM

Helen, first let me say that I really like this image. I certainly understand why you put so much time into it. It was well worth your effort.
I'd also like to add that Nathan has been one of my favorite members for a while now. I am always impressed by his well thought out comments.
I know he has been very helpful to many of us. I'm glad he is being recognized here.
-=\Walter

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phil99
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27 Sep 2012 - 6:42 PM

Excellent image and a fine tribute to Nathan. Hoping he is able to return soon....Philu

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27 Sep 2012 - 7:34 PM

A beautiful image and tribute

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EMJAYCEE
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27 Sep 2012 - 7:52 PM

Perfect work as ever Helen.
Joan.

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helenlinda
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27 Sep 2012 - 8:12 PM

Thanks Walter, Gary, Christine and Joan for your comments and many thanks Walter for your User Award SmileSmileSmileSmile

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27 Sep 2012 - 8:28 PM

Fantastic and lovely montage,Helen,very well done,
saeid

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SUE118
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27 Sep 2012 - 8:41 PM

What a lovely image for Nathan, a big well done and I hope you like it Nathan.

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27 Sep 2012 - 9:42 PM

How kind of you to dedicate this to Nathan, Helen, my thoughts are with him.

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netta1234
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27 Sep 2012 - 9:52 PM

A beautiful image,well done,I do hope Nathen will come back as I really liked his comments and his work,
NettaSmile

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helenlinda
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27 Sep 2012 - 10:09 PM

Thanks everyone SmileSmile

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marktc
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28 Sep 2012 - 7:31 AM

Another great piece of art Helen.

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helenlinda
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28 Sep 2012 - 7:50 AM

Thanks Mark SmileSmile

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Lillian
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28 Sep 2012 - 11:00 AM

All been said Helen, a wonderful presentation and like the way you have this presented
yes, Nathan will be back which is such good news
too valued by many on here not too
Lillian

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helenlinda
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28 Sep 2012 - 11:18 AM

Thanks Lillian Smile

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28 Sep 2012 - 5:59 PM

superb!

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28 Sep 2012 - 8:08 PM

You've made these heads look beautiful Helen.
Brian.

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helenlinda
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28 Sep 2012 - 9:49 PM

Thanks Pascal and Brian SmileSmile

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29 Sep 2012 - 4:30 AM

Beautiful.

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helenlinda
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29 Sep 2012 - 8:04 AM

Thanks Francis Smile

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14 Oct 2012 - 8:22 PM

Thank you Helen, I have just come across this piece, and whilst I sit and admire your wonderful work my eyes are filling with tears as I read you're caring and thoughtful words, and furthermore the words of so many others.

Thank you so very much

Highest Regards Nathan Grin

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helenlinda
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14 Oct 2012 - 10:00 PM

I'm so glad that you have found it Nathan, but more than that I am glad that you are back and are OK - we were concerned, to put it mildly SmileSmile

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