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June 17th - 2 - 'TWAS ONCE MY STREAM

By ChiliMan
Alrighty...this is the second in the series.

In the previous shot, I was leaning against a railing. Beyond that railing is a canal which used to be a stream. Hmmm...ok...I don't think the stream actually got canalised. I think they just 'civilised' the banks. I didn't pay too much attention 'cos I was there for the clouds and then the whole long shadow thing distracted me. Bah.

Anywho, I used to fish in this stream (not line, but net and pail) and it was strange going back there and seeing it so different. Not worse. Not better. Just different.

This was taken in Sepia in-camera and I can't remember what I did on the computer but this is what I ended up with.

I had to compress this with a factor of 12 so I hope it hasn't done too much in a bad way.

Oh oh oh...and as for orientation, if I turned around from the Daddy Longlegs shot and faced the railing, this image is what I saw looking to the left.


By the way, LOVE the responses and comments in the previous pic SmileSmile


Tags: Digital art Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

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BrianSS 11 395 39 England
28 Jun 2009 4:53PM

Quote:I can't remember what I did on the computer but this is what I ended up with
Well whatever you have done you have ended up with a super image! I would have guessed it had been taken in RAW but I see it was JPEG.

I like it very much, a competition if ever I saw one!.

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shandoor 8 1 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 5:03PM
Super image wonderful tones great processing super reflection
CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
28 Jun 2009 5:11PM
This is beautiful, wonderful tones and reflections, a real stunner. Carol

Quote:This is beautiful, wonderful tones and reflections, a real stunner. Carol

I absolutely agree with Carol, a real stunner.
BlueRoom 11 73 20 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 5:25PM
There is a strange blend of greys and yellows here that gives this picture an atmosphere all of it's own. I particularly like the shapes these trees make against that fascinating sky.

Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 5:25PM
just stunning.......

28 Jun 2009 5:29PM
perfect in sepia and i love the water mirroring the sky
EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
28 Jun 2009 5:39PM
Everything about this image is beautiful, the sepia tones, the trees, the sky and the shining water with reflections. There's even a magical light. Absolute cracker!


P.S. That strange ectoplasm in the plant pots couldn't be the water retaining gell by any chance? It looks rather like wallpaper paste or toad spawn!
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
28 Jun 2009 5:42PM
The shadows are great but that sky in its sepia/yellow/gray has given me pause-- All work together incredibly well!
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
28 Jun 2009 5:59PM
Superb scene, Andrew, and beautiful colour.
bliba Plus
11 2 Austria
28 Jun 2009 7:13PM
love those reflections ------ great processing
GalleryGirl 10 4 2 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 7:31PM
Clever work here Andrew. Beautiful image too.
Marilyn x
Neeka 8 16 Wales
28 Jun 2009 7:34PM
S T U N N I N G image chilipeep!!!!! Whatever you did it is way cool.
28 Jun 2009 7:40PM
Great image.
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 7:47PM
Absolutely stunning - I love it to bits!!!
photophantom 9 108 3 Philippines
28 Jun 2009 7:56PM
brilliant image, such great work
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
28 Jun 2009 8:37PM
Love the brightness you have achieved within the sepia Andrew - it's a lovely scene.
linda63 9 68 Wales
28 Jun 2009 8:56PM
I like this a lot. Linda
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
28 Jun 2009 9:56PM
Super shot, love the colours and the sky is fab

alansdottir 9 60 7 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 10:00PM
That's a curious combination of sepia and grey/white you've managed there - kinda makes me think of memories... but your write-up speaks of such, so maybe that's it. Very summery, too. Carol
franken Plus
15 4.4k 4 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 10:35PM
A wonderful scene, have the 30th from me!

28 Jun 2009 11:28PM
This is gorgeous,a real beautiful image,great tones and reflections,whatever you did it worked,brilliant.

Jean x
JimV 11 6 3 Canada
29 Jun 2009 4:57AM
What can I say? This is absolutely stunning Andrew, a wonderful shot and presentation, just a pity not available large!
Rgds., Jim
Moj_o 9 10 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2009 1:36PM
A beautiful image Smile

ChiliMan Plus
11 135 17 Singapore
29 Jun 2009 6:18PM
WOW. Thanks, all. *Phew*...what an awesome response. Ok...just to touch on a few comments:

a) Jim, I've put up a LARGE version in V2 for you. I don't normally put up LARGE 'cos I imagine not many people would view it and also I don't wanna suck up too much of EPZ's space if I can help it.

b) BrianSS, yup it's a JPEG. My camera doesn't have RAW.

c) There's been mention of the yellows/greys/whites in the image. I remember a couple of things. I took the original sepia image and subjected it to ''Clarify'. Not a high value. But what that tends to do is give sepia images added hues. I discovered that by accident (like most things) earlier this year while preparing images for the IGPOTY comp.

'Clarify' also lends noise. So I used a salt and pepper filter (anybody now got a hankering for half-boiled eggs? No? Just me? Er...) to smoothen it out.

Apart from those two...I think I layered the red channel over the clarified original and chose some sort of blending mode. And that may have given rise to the grey areas.

I wish I could remember. Ann (thorn) once suggested to me I use my recorder to take down processing notes. FABulous idea but I never think of it when I start playing with a pic. Or maybe I could (if I remember at the time) open up Word and bullet point each move which I do.

AAANYWAY, look at me rambling on like a gabby so-and-so...

dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
29 Jun 2009 6:51PM
One word: Magnificent
DolphinLady 11 54 1 Wales
29 Jun 2009 7:23PM
This is awesome Andrew.
The colours are just so amazing.
So pleased you put up the large version ...that sky leaves me breathless....
Zonda 8 303 1
29 Jun 2009 7:27PM
This is something else. Knocked my eyeballs out.
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
30 Jun 2009 8:25PM
A serene scene in stunning sepia Andrew, you've produced a masterpiece here, such wonderful toning and cloud formations.
thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
5 Jul 2009 3:17PM
Hi Andrew,
..........i'm speechless......................and that's not me as you know.........lolSmile Exquisite!!!take care,AnnSmile

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