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Time Flies

By chase
Still messing with stuff from my collection box.

Went a bit nuts with the texture layers on this one,an experiment but I kinda like it...especially the dark bits Wink
Lit by my X-Ray viewing box,diffused with a piece of muslin.

F11 manual mode
ISO 200
7 images combined & tonemapped in Photomatix.
Raw files converted in C1.

Could be a rather long run of experiments but...hey ho..I like messing with the texture stuff Wink

Thanks for taking the time to call in.
Janet xx

Tags: Time Still life General Old Wood Dragonfly Textures Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Case Gold Layers Watch

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CathyT 16 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2011 9:02PM
Lovely Janet...the checker board sets it off well.
Coleslaw 16 13.4k 28 Wales
14 Jan 2011 9:03PM
I think the green bg and the dragonfly work a treat, a bit like rel dragon flying among the grasses.
Greyheron 20 282 7 England
14 Jan 2011 9:16PM
A wonderfully rich and balanced piece of photographic experimentation Janet.

KBan 17 512 4 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2011 9:25PM
top notch work Janet
Nick_w 15 4.4k 99 England
14 Jan 2011 9:32PM
One word just springs to mind .... Quality. Reminds me a lot of the work of Mikel Arrizabalaga. The richness of tones, that soft glow associated with photomatix, I love everything about it.

At first view I was unsure about the softness of the box, but it just sets off the watch & broach which are pin sharp.
chase Plus
16 2.4k 621 England
14 Jan 2011 9:44PM
Thanks all.

Many thanks for the GEA Nick,that means a lot to me.
The box started off sharp but looked wrong somehow,I needed to push it away from the watch & Dragonfly,so I left lots of texture over it to soften it a tad.

Off to google Mikel thingy now Wink

Janet xx
Glynn 16 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2011 9:46PM
Quality Janet. Love this series of images
Nick_w 15 4.4k 99 England
14 Jan 2011 9:52PM

Quote:Off to google Mikel thingy now

You won't be disappointed. At least by the still life's - some of his other stuff is a bit OTT for my likings.

Janet the softness is what makes the image - contrasts. Light / Shadow, Sharp / Soft etc too many look for everything pin sharp all the time.

What I didn't say is I have a lot of respect for anyone that does still lifes well - I've tried and failed miserably - I just don't have the patience - and few have the ability to bring them alive.. Tho ironically I wasted half the morning on eBay looking for a couple of things for a project.
chase Plus
16 2.4k 621 England
14 Jan 2011 10:12PM

Quote:You won't be disappointed

No I wasn't Nick...he has a fantastic collection of things,I wish some of them were in my box !
Keep going with the still life stuff Nick,when it works it's great,although I have had many failures ! 'tis fun trying.The light is so important as that is the thing that brings it to life,it's difficult to try & give objects form if the lighting is all wrong learning curve is still on the upward slope. Wink

Thankyou for your comments & votes everyone,much appreciated.
Janet xx
Trout_Man 13 1 30 Wales
14 Jan 2011 10:33PM
A very nice still life, like the processing Smile Geoff.
CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
15 Jan 2011 6:06AM
A superb still ife, Janet, excellent composition and presentation. Carol
BreadandShutter 13 16 7 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2011 9:29AM
ChrisStyles 14 387 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2011 10:37AM
Superb image,
15 Jan 2011 11:22AM
Lovely still life - great work !

ColouredImages 17 47 35 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2011 11:25AM
This makes a very pleasing image Janet and no wonder you get the GEA for it. Wish I had the same PS skills Wink
bricurtis Plus
16 2.6k 52 England
15 Jan 2011 11:45AM
Cracking image Janet - a lovely set up and beautiful light - that blue looks so good - love the brooch ! ( think that's what it is)
chase Plus
16 2.4k 621 England
15 Jan 2011 12:52PM
Thanks all.
Brian it's actually a hairclip...but I will forgive you Wink

Mike,it took me a while to get going with the texture stuff,lots of trial & error ( much more of the latter ) & I'm still experimenting...lots to learn yet I feel.
Janet xx
Ian-Munro 14 200 15 Wales
15 Jan 2011 7:33PM
Doing a great job imo its superb work.
PattiW 16 24 2 United States
15 Jan 2011 9:02PM
Wonderful tones and colors, Patti
chase Plus
16 2.4k 621 England
16 Jan 2011 10:20AM
Thanks all.
Many thanks for the HC Pete Smile
DaveU 16 1.4k 127 England
16 Jan 2011 12:50PM
Well I'm glad that we're not doing the still life challenge anymore elsewise you'd be winning every month Wink

Love the blues in this Jan ......
Richsr 15 91 223 England
16 Jan 2011 8:29PM
Excellent again Janet, congrats on all the Awards.
Regards Richard
RayFids 13 2 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2011 7:54AM
A wonderful capture. I am looking through the Still Life gallery as part of my planning ofr a Still Life shoot. Your image is very inspirational on a number of levels.
chase Plus
16 2.4k 621 England
17 Jan 2011 5:45PM
Thanks all.
A special thankyou to you Brian for your coveted UA Smile
Janet xx
MandyD 13 16,777.2k 1 England
17 Jan 2011 11:13PM
This is wonderful Janet, congrats!

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