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Boyd 14 11.2k 11 Wales
14 Apr 2005 12:11AM
Looks fine to me, Ken. Not too dark, not too light. Very good.
I like the treatment you've given this - any further details?

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baker58 14 101 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2005 12:12AM
Really like this.Excellent rustic tones and a superb composition.

annaliese 13 421 1 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2005 12:13AM
looks great, excellent presentation.

annaliese Smile
Dennie 13 260 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2005 12:15AM
Looks fine to me like the way the light has caught the pears, I like the top middle theres a nice warm tone comming through. I also like the treatment you've given this. Denise x
mrcal 14 1.0k
14 Apr 2005 12:18AM
I like this. The look of the whole is quite different to most of your images. It looks almost as if the pears are camouflaged.

The light levels are good but, being picky, there's the merest hint of specular reflection on the leftmost pear. This is not present on the others and looks out of place to my eyes.
ktcam 13 457 Scotland
14 Apr 2005 12:19AM
Love the way you have handled thisSmile Colours and textures are really complimentary. Nice oneSmile
mrcal 14 1.0k
14 Apr 2005 12:20AM

Quote:Looks fine to me, Ken.

Is this an in joke or does boyd know something the rest of us don't?
clairabella 13 92 Austria
14 Apr 2005 12:20AM
Thats simply beautiful - love the tones & textures.
AngelaR 13 155 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2005 12:24AM
Not normally a fan of still life pics, but I think this is a really nice presentation. The colour tone and texture are great.
gemm 13 800 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2005 12:31AM
Ah, this is the pear shot! Looks like a still life painting. Very nice effect. It would go very nicely on a wall of a cottage kitchen.
Tonyd3 Plus
13 1.1k 18 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2005 12:32AM
So your still at work then?
Nice image K Smile
rletham 14 890 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2005 12:33AM
I like the pic a lot K. It has a lovely "old masters" painterly quality to it. I think the border undermines it though as it comes across too contempory for such a retro style photo. Click for the pic.
ericfaragh Plus
14 149 4 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2005 12:37AM
Nice treatment, lovely image. Well done.
claret 13 49 England
14 Apr 2005 12:37AM
Has an antique look to it, K. Works well.
amaryllis 14 120
14 Apr 2005 12:38AM
Wonderfully done...for all the reasons already stated above..!!

dg2000r 14 31
14 Apr 2005 12:49AM
Really like this - great colours.

paulstefan 13 509 1 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2005 12:49AM
Love the way the textures match. Good lighting too.
cheers, Paul
14 Apr 2005 12:54AM
Crikey thanks everyone! Michael dont worry its a very long story. Rab I know what you mean it look unfinished without one but I've gone off it now I've looked at it again. Might do some more of these once I've perfected the technique a bit more. K. PS Tony, I am now Wink
14 Apr 2005 1:14AM
Brilliant image. You have acheived a
very subtle effect. I would not be too upset
with my monitor if I was you. I am looking
forward to seeing more with this technique.
14 Apr 2005 1:25AM
Looks great to me.
U4eA 13 475 England
14 Apr 2005 1:27AM
The treatment you've given this is excellent..truly gives it an almost painted feel. Feel like sharing it? Smile Like the composition and tones too, and I for one think the black border rather suits it, especially for 'online' presentation.

ardbeg77 14 1.2k 6 Sao Tome And Principe
14 Apr 2005 1:27AM
Nice pears! Great texture - love the treatment. Nice subtle colour - looks fine on my monitor. Nice work,K.

watson 13 13
14 Apr 2005 1:30AM
Great composition and good treatment. Like it.


PS: I'll have a bit of play with it in b/w and post as a mod.
exposure Plus
14 5.8k England
14 Apr 2005 1:35AM
I love this image lovely textures and tones
and lighting How did you achieve this effect? A lovely image.
angej 13 479 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2005 1:42AM
Looks like a painting... great colours, very warm image.
ewanrayment 13 718 1 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2005 1:47AM
K - this deserves an award in my opinion. Fantasticly different - love it!

panda 13 5 1 England
14 Apr 2005 1:50AM
Very 'old masters' style picture, lovely effect.

Deez 13 7
14 Apr 2005 1:56AM
Yep a nice change with a rough, grainy look which of course ties in well with the texture of pears. I think i agree with the comment about the border not slotting in well with the image, it is a bit of a clash between old and new styles unfortunately.

That aside its an appealing image.
Bluke 13 303 1 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2005 2:14AM
yes this is a great photo ...
... babs
icafe 14 19 Canada
14 Apr 2005 2:16AM
It looks great... lighting, composition, textures are all outstanding and captivating. Nice border treatment too.
Arthur Smile
Kris_Dutson 15 8.2k 1 England
14 Apr 2005 2:35AM
Looks great to me K - despite your focussing probs this is spot on. I also really like the manipulation you have done.

14 Apr 2005 2:47AM
Thanks very much, I have to say this was one that was sharp before I started playing with it, its just 3 pears on their own looked a bit bland. K.
Pete Plus
17 18.8k 97 England
14 Apr 2005 2:51AM
Very good, ragged edge and a slightly more subtle/muted colour will finish it off
willf1 13 51
14 Apr 2005 2:53AM
Excellent shot. I like the match of textures on the pears and the bakground. A very original approach, in my view. Great piece of work.

14 Apr 2005 3:08AM
Crikey thanks Pete! How do I do a ragged edge?

Thanks Tony, very kind, I feel a series coming on, sorry. K.
UserRemoved 14 6.2k 1
14 Apr 2005 3:30AM
Excellent! An HC - congrats!

Lovely textures with this treatment - think a side effect is that its gone a bit 2D but the overall result overcomes that in a great image

BTW, having found similar probs with focussing, if there's no movement going on (me or subject!) I now always use manual.
User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2005 3:42AM
Excellent composition, great background works very well.
Congratulations on your HC Award.

Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
14 Apr 2005 4:16AM
Congrats on the HC K, love the grain, not to sure about the border tho mate.
I do love the way you like to experiment, regards.....Ade
14 Apr 2005 4:19AM
Thanks Mark, glad its not just me, get so flippin frustrated with it. Thank you Lucian too.

Ade, that border! I need to work on these me thinks Wink Thanks for the comment. K.
covey 13 1.7k Ireland
14 Apr 2005 4:57AM
I really like this, love the grain and toning you've done. Top Class.

I don't mind the border, but often wonder why people who use these always use black, maybe a brown gold or green would be better.

Have you used Render/Lighting on this, if so which one, if you don't mind sharing!.

lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2005 5:02AM
K - you could do a raged edge by a adding a mask and going round the edge with one of the more unusual shaped brushes.

Come on then let us know the secret to this.
Brummage 13 51
14 Apr 2005 5:07AM
A cracking shot K. Click.
14 Apr 2005 5:09AM
Thank you very much. No render filter on this one just a couple of studio lights. Chris I'll do another one and keep a record of what I do and let everyone know thanks for the tip about the edges that could be just what I need to finish it off. K.
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2005 5:21AM
Reminds me of a renaissance painting, a good one at that. Excellent shot K, looking forward to finding out what you did.

billma 14 119 United States
14 Apr 2005 5:49AM
Very effective. Bronzed apples. Certainly has appeal.

Nicely done.
glazzaro 13 70 23 United States
14 Apr 2005 6:28AM
Well done, looks like a work of art! Congrats on your HC! Spot on! Click!!!

mellyleth 14 212 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2005 6:51AM
I agree that the border doesn't quite suit the subject, but I love the photo and the treatment you've given it. Very creative!
webjam 13 292 11 Netherlands
14 Apr 2005 7:29AM
Beautiful, I like the grain and antique feel of the image. Congrats on the HC,
akh Plus
14 1.2k 5 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2005 8:33AM
Really like the colours and grain effect on this. Have to agree about the border though - bit too heavy and it drains the colour from the picture.
14 Apr 2005 8:44AM
Thanks all, yes I totally agree about the border. I'll try and have a brief tutorial for those that want one up tomorrow if I get time tonight. K.
Tonyd3 Plus
13 1.1k 18 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2005 9:34AM
Congrats on the EC K well done
keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
14 Apr 2005 10:28AM
Looks pretty damn fine to me.
gary900r 14 474 England
14 Apr 2005 11:05AM
Great composition and I like the effect.

aftertherain 13 4.2k 2 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2005 11:13AM
This is beautiful.
Falconer 13 16
14 Apr 2005 11:43AM
superb still life, click
andytvcams 15 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2005 12:21PM
Looks bloody marvellous.

Gavin 13 17
14 Apr 2005 12:36PM
This is an excellent capture - I wish I could achieve this level!

14 Apr 2005 12:38PM
Thank you so much for all the comments, you dont know what your support means to me.

For those that requested the technique here is the info here is a very rough guide:
Adjusted levels to suit
Brightness/contrast Brightness 40 Contrast +39
Then greyscale the image
Then monotone Image>Mode> Quadtone
I used:
Pantone 2573C
Pantone 4535C
Pantone Yellow C

Filter Add Noise Gaussian @ 18%
Duplicate layer and reduce opacity to 50% and add screen layer
Flatten layers
Convert back to RGB
Add layer and add coloured gradient. The opacity needs to be reduced and depending what the % will determine the strength of colour. I think I reduced these to about 25% opacity and add overlay layer.
Add a second gradient layer with a different coloured gradient and repeat as for first gradient layer.
Flatten the layers and now this is when the trick is trying to make it 3D.
A combination of dodge, burn and sponge tools.

Largish brush set to about 30% opacity for the burn tool and burn in the background in various parts to make it uneven. Build up gradually.

Then the fruit, there is not right or wrong way but I used the dodge tool first to remove some colour otherwise it was just too in your face. Then the sponge tool selectively to place colour on the fruit, then the burn tool to add definition to the fruit. Again these need to be on a low opacity soft brush)

Someone will probably tell me this is all a**e about face and there is probably a quicker way but this is how I got it, first go and needs perfecting but happy with the results so far. This site has been a wonderful learning tool.

Any questions let me know, have fun!

PS the original is in the mod section
ejtumman 13 2.8k England
14 Apr 2005 1:33PM
This is gorgeous. Love the effect you have acheived.

Well done
Emma ;o)

(Hows the focusing problem?, Did you get it fixed?)
14 Apr 2005 1:39PM
Thanks Emma, and no not entirely but working on it. k.
lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2005 1:45PM
Thanks for detailing how to do it K - recon you should do an artilcle in the techniques section.
Keep up the good work.
vfr400 16 886
14 Apr 2005 2:20PM
K, I agree with chris. Very creative work, thanks for posting the original. Amazing transformation.

turtle1 14 41 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2005 2:23PM
Love the effect on this - very creative
deltafour 13 13
14 Apr 2005 2:28PM
An excellent image.
lydiatelad 13 2
14 Apr 2005 3:57PM
Excellent image K, love the manipulation. Beautiful work.
Just Jas Plus
16 26.2k 1 England
14 Apr 2005 3:59PM
I think that the sombre black borders help to contain the image and focus the eye back on the main subject, the pears. The variegated background pattern tends to let the eye meander a little.

The whole works very well together.

trahern 14 863 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2005 11:03PM
This is brilliant - well done K.
nigelsharman 15 30 England
15 Apr 2005 2:18AM
Superb work, have Athena bought it?..

15 Apr 2005 2:24AM
Thanks very much for all your comments, no Nigel they couldnt afford it Wink K.
15 Apr 2005 4:02AM
Looks great to me, lots of texture with great tone, like the comp and the borders i don't think they look heavy at all ♥Click

:0) Shelley
15 Apr 2005 5:01AM
Thanks Shelley, glad you like it. K.
paulcr 13 1.5k 9 Ireland
15 Apr 2005 7:23AM
This is excelent work K. I love the textures, tones and arty colours. Very detailed description on how you did it. Presumably you wrote that down as you went along. I often achieve effects and results but find it difficult to repeat them. Paul
thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
15 Apr 2005 8:27AM
Hi Ken,As a picture it is a bit too arty for me,but as a photograph i can appreciate the time,work,detail,colour,lighting etc that goes into it.Good work.Take care.AnnSmile
Thankyou for your comments and encouragement in my pf.
15 Apr 2005 8:41AM
Thanks Paul, no I didnt I had to do it all over again and then write it all down, just hope I got it right! LOL
Ann, take no notice of Boyd's comment its his nickname for me, I'm not really a bloke LOL! Thank you both for your comments. K.
covey 13 1.7k Ireland
15 Apr 2005 9:32AM
Are you going to post another with 3 pears?
Bored here and just thought of a title.

15 Apr 2005 9:45AM
Not tonight, why dont you have a go, I've put the technique up further in the thread, be interested to see what you make of it??? You can use the original 3 pears image in the modifications if you wish. Have a good weekend. K.
covey 13 1.7k Ireland
15 Apr 2005 9:48AM
Sorry meant to include the title in previous comment "not a pair".

Thanks for the very detailed explanation, though even so, I doubt I have the skill to do it. Might mess around though, who knows.

Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
15 Apr 2005 10:43AM
I find this quite fantastic and no wonder Pete gave you one of his thingies Smile How you had the insight to put your original through all that I'll never know . The end result is perfection .I'd have chucked you first work away if it had been mine . xx
KathyW 14 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
15 Apr 2005 12:53PM
Love the texture in this. Excellent work, very well done.
User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2005 1:25PM
I will be very busy for the next two to three months so if you see some apparent phantom clicks without any comment it may well be me.
I apologise in advance for not taking as much time as I might wish to in order to comment.
Thank you for your comments and clicks on my past uploads.
Rest assured I will be back to commenting on all my favourites of which you are one as soon as time allows. :0)

faulknerstv 13 421 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2005 1:05AM
Great shot,well beyond me at the moment really like this a lot.

cooky 14 6 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2005 3:29AM
Has the look of an old master - agree with all the above.
obz_uk 13 1 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2005 6:49AM
This one is a cracker....don't know how I missed seeing it before......It's all been said....Excellent

bassan 15 9
16 Apr 2005 2:05PM
nice work!
fossilized 13 79 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2005 2:32PM
Beautiful work... love the arty look. It positively glows.
daffydill56 14 190 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2005 11:55PM
What patience you must have had, but the results have paid off no end!! Excellent stuff.

Stevie_G 13 1 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2005 9:40AM
Great image, looks like it was painted with light.


ginz04 14 281 20 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2005 10:21AM
a quality image lover the grittyness of it
TeresaH 13 1.1k United Kingdom
17 Apr 2005 1:33PM
This is great. The more I see it the more I like it. T
18 Apr 2005 1:36AM
Thanks very much everyone for all your comments, very much appreciated. K.
Rockhopper 13 3
18 Apr 2005 12:05PM
A lovely piece of work - simple, subtle and with gorgeous colours. I would like it even more presented mor sympathetically without those heavy black borders top and bottom.

Tony W(Rockhopper)
starstriders 13 1.6k United Kingdom
18 Apr 2005 1:13PM
Jeez I missed this one. Been slacking in the gallery lately. You really are a whizz at this manipulation lark K, what an amazing difference, looks like a painting.
funkeldink 14 1.6k 1 Australia
19 Apr 2005 1:52PM
19 Apr 2005 2:58PM
Your pictures look like adverts thay have no soul.
20 Apr 2005 2:10AM
Thanks Tony, Lauren and Fred. K.
Atlas 14 621 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2005 9:41PM
Some people are so rude! Why can't they just keep it shut if they have nothing good or useful to say.

Some top photoshop work done on this K. Would look great framed on the dining room wall or something ☼☼☼☼☼

Nic_WA 13 179 2 Australia
20 Apr 2005 11:53PM
It's all been said - great work K.
21 Apr 2005 12:51AM
Thanks Rob and Nic for your comments, much appreciated. K.
theorderingone 14 2.4k
25 Apr 2005 2:07PM
Fantastic work K!
martinduke 13 37 England
28 Apr 2005 12:20AM
How the heck did I miss this excellent image.
So well done Sir.
itinerario 14 42 Netherlands
29 Apr 2005 2:21AM
Brilliant tones.
suzieosman 13 66 United Kingdom
4 May 2005 6:37AM
Wonderful work Kay.....I think it's all been said....Amazing...Sue
6 May 2005 8:08AM
Thanks very much to each and everyone 100 of you! Smile)))))
ryuneo 13 67
11 May 2005 8:59AM
Supurb image! so simple yet amazingly effective!
12 May 2005 1:19AM
Thank you Ryan, glad you like it. K.
IRaddict 15 34
24 May 2005 4:21AM
missed this one, a great result and image.
top fiddling :0)
25 May 2005 2:18AM
Thank you, glad you like it Smile K.
Johann 13 Canada
31 May 2005 5:55AM
Beautiful light and textures. Smile
tmann 13 4 2 United States
1 Jun 2005 8:57AM
You win with 3 pears! haha
sorry, had to say it...
Seriously nice shot..good tone/colors...
tamx 13
2 Jun 2005 2:50PM
thankyou very much for your nice comment
3 Jun 2005 2:16AM
Thanks all Smile K.
rosie42 13 7 Australia
13 Jun 2005 4:02PM
Hi K - I'm just catching up on some of your posts after an AWOL period ... this is great! Love the tones and composition and grainy texture. Cleverly conceived and skillfully manipulated. *click*
Susie :o)
C_Daniels 13 399 10 England
14 Jun 2005 7:15AM
Interesting work,like it -
love the textures...
15 Jun 2005 1:42AM
Thank you both. K.
27 Jul 2005 11:31AM
pure art in p'graphy sublime.. you have a beautiful inspiring gallery... Smile nicola
28 Jul 2005 1:29AM
Thank you Nicola Smile
madgirl 12 14
22 Dec 2005 12:40PM
Looks like a painting... very nice
I like it..
Excellant still life!~
9 Jan 2006 11:35PM
Thank you both Smile K.

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