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In A Spin

By Hop-A-Long
Now I had some fun with this, I tell you. It took me about 2 hours to take the shots and about half an hour in photoshop. It is not perfect and I know that, I just wanted to do something different and a bit of an experiment. I think I succeeded to fulfill both of these. I decided to use the chair because it just seemed a fairly easy subject to move for a first attempt. I am nearly blind now though, as I used the built in flash on the camera and my dedicated flash handheld, pressing the test button to fire it, all this in a dark room. I was seeing spots for about 10 minutes.
This image is made up of 8 images all messed about with in layers on photoshop. The main problem I found is trying to get the opacity of each layer right as they are all different. I don't think I am to far away.
Anyway I hope you like it and if you do have any tips I would be very pleased to hear them.

Nikon D40
18-55mm Nikon
F 8
ISO 200
Shutter 1 Second
Built in flash / Dedicated Flash Diffused, Handheld and Fired

Tags: Photoshop Manipulation General Specialist and abstract Digitally manipulated Spin Chaisr

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microchip 9 1 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2007 9:30PM
I could do with this my chair is rock hard,but nice shot well worked,

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SRSmith 9 1 United States
19 Nov 2007 9:34PM
A novel idea very well executed.
newy17 10 273 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2007 9:35PM
lol ,,i think it looks superb andy ive got the same chair so i might have a dabble at this myself i bet you were tripping after 2 hours lol,,
19 Nov 2007 9:44PM
Like it Andy,
19 Nov 2007 9:54PM
It worked, Nice one.
Bodiewil 9 46 Wales
19 Nov 2007 10:10PM
An extremely clever piece of work, love it Andy. It really works for me

woolybill1 Plus
10 22 68 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2007 10:34PM
Very interesting experiment and impressive image, Andy. I like the fact that you've worked on the adjusting lever as well as the chair back. Your intro gives the impression that you worked by trial and error, though I'm sure that wasn't really the case.

I have no experience of taking this sort of shot, and precious little of using layers, but I guess you'd have to do some pencil-and-paper planning of the angles either side of head-on for your individual shots and probably work with the chair fixed rigidly rather than free to rotate, otherwise it will move more than you want. And be grateful you're using digital rather than film, so you don't have to wait a week before seing the results of your experiments!
derekv 9 3 England
19 Nov 2007 10:35PM
Great idea, Andy, well carried out.
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
19 Nov 2007 10:39PM
A very clever idea Andy and showing some impressive manipulation.
mrswoolybill Plus
9 986 1501 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2007 10:44PM
I leave the techie stuff to Bill. This looks alarmingly like the chair I'm sitting in at the moment. It has a worrying tendency to scoot off on its own initiative (casters on a hard floor), and this shot could boost its ego to levels that I'd rather not think about. Could you please go back to flowers and bugs asap??
Yours respectfully, Mrs W
Possum 10 148 England
19 Nov 2007 11:01PM
I wouldn't know where to start, so I think this is pretty brilliant! Using 'multiply' in layers work in combi with opacity helps, I find, but I think it's a case of trial and error, sometimes.
Marian 11 62 England
19 Nov 2007 11:03PM
Your image certainly sent me into a spin!
HarryStan 11 50 Australia
19 Nov 2007 11:05PM
very trippy, nicely done...
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
19 Nov 2007 11:30PM
Very impressive work. Interestingly different!

MandsH 9 England
19 Nov 2007 11:36PM
Very impressed with this - great work
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
19 Nov 2007 11:36PM
Certainly a change for you Andy.They say it is as good as a rest,but I bet you were knackered after taking this.Worth the effort tho'. A cracking shot.
piccy 10 8 Wales
19 Nov 2007 11:40PM
Nice fun shot - like having a workout I bet. Nice end result too.
phil_j 10 134 4 England
20 Nov 2007 12:00AM
Interesting photo, clever work.

Danny_Peters 9 159 England
20 Nov 2007 12:11AM
Cool, nicely different and well executed
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2007 7:13AM
Interesting shot
I think it works very well
ChristineL 11 39 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2007 7:46AM
Clever stuff Andy,
GalleryGirl 9 4 2 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2007 8:15AM
Crickey patience of a saint? Fabulous image.
Marilyn x
trissie 10 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2007 9:41AM
Superb work Andy, a great idea.

Trish x
20 Nov 2007 10:56AM
Brilliant work, well worth the effort.
Hope the spots have gone now.
Excellent image, well done.
janty66 9 3 England
20 Nov 2007 11:21AM
excellent work, pleased to be #30...
Mikelane 9 1 Wales
20 Nov 2007 12:34PM
Nice one .But i am not sure i would have stuck at it for that length of time .Well done it works .
bayleaf 9 8 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2007 2:19PM
This is a superb piece of work that obviously took a lot of effort. Well done indeed.


P.S. have you seen the upload by pareen today?
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
20 Nov 2007 3:50PM
I really like it a lot Andy, very well worth all the effort.
bunbeam 11 2 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2007 4:00PM
well worth all he time and effort its brilliant
MickyMc 9 8 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2007 4:33PM
Very interesting. its great to try new things.
rmr 9 1 Wales
20 Nov 2007 6:53PM
quite a stunning shot
well done
dianah 10 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2007 6:55PM
A huge click for the time and effort..a really interesting mono composition Andy.
nickyv32 9 135 England
20 Nov 2007 7:37PM
Now ! thats what you call a vibrating chair. Great work.
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
20 Nov 2007 9:27PM
Wonderful image; well done. Next time I'd like to see you in it too! Wink
fossilized 12 79 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2007 10:42PM
Excellent work and a very interesting image. Well done!
sparklep 9 146 1
20 Nov 2007 10:42PM
Absolutely brilliant. I really love it.
Brilane 10 5 12 Wales
21 Nov 2007 1:26AM
Cleverly done, a good concept.
riprap007 12 1.6k 37 England
21 Nov 2007 1:30AM
AlanBW 10 20 England
21 Nov 2007 12:02PM
Clever, creative and very effective
KKmoments 10 12 1 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2007 12:12PM
LOL.... very clever.... its good to be different and this is well worth all your hardwork...i'm still spinning lol
SandraKay Plus
9 233 4 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2007 4:53PM
I wouldn't dare to spin round on my chair at work like this - it would just fall over sideways. A novel idea, like the mono.
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
22 Nov 2007 10:34PM
I think you did a very good job on this! It certainly shows the work you put into it. I like it!
Dotrob 11 Wales
22 Nov 2007 11:16PM
Clever work.

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