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For Nathan [NDODS]

By helenlinda
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

Tags: Flowers and plants Digitally manipulated Digital art

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debu 8 India
27 Sep 2012 9:17AM
Great work.

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 9:21AM
The delicacy of the background layer brings the montage together beautifully, like this a lot.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 9:30AM
Thanks Debu and Moira SmileSmile
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
27 Sep 2012 9:34AM
Another fine piece of work Helen.
And I am relieved too that it is not illness that was Nathans problem.
27 Sep 2012 9:34AM
Agree with Moira with the background, nice.

helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 9:36AM
Thanks Mick and Dave SmileSmile
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 9:38AM
Lovely image, exceptionally well done, i like this a lot

helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 9:47AM
Thanks Hugh Smile
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 10:06AM
Nice work, Very effective!
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 10:07AM
Thanks Diane Smile
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
27 Sep 2012 10:17AM
Who would have thought that old poppy seed heads could be made to look so beautiful ~ only your creative mind Helen! Very well done.


PS It is really sad about Nathan deciding to leave he was inspirational.
27 Sep 2012 10:36AM
Excellent work Helen,
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
27 Sep 2012 10:52AM
What a beautiful creation. I'm sure if Nathan pops in he'll be very touched.
bps11 5 England
27 Sep 2012 10:58AM
Well created....congrats!
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 11:10AM
A fabulous creation Helen and a lovely dedication to a friend.
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
27 Sep 2012 11:54AM
This is lovely....I do hope he comes back...I always enjoyed his insights and comments.
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
27 Sep 2012 11:54AM
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.


helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 12:06PM
Thanks everyone SmileSmile
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 12:38PM
got quite a few of these to.
you have made a great image with them
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 12:57PM
I love this Helen it really is brilliant work.

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
27 Sep 2012 1:33PM
I am quite fond of the poppy seed case, and its many variations as it decays-- Love this!
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 1:36PM
A special dedication to a special person who I hope gets to see this!
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
27 Sep 2012 1:59PM
Very well created, Helen, and I hope he returns to us very soon, he is sorely missed for his wonderful images and comments. Carol
Tibetan 5 3 England
27 Sep 2012 2:43PM
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!.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 2:47PM
Thanks everyone for your comments SmileSmile
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
27 Sep 2012 3:57PM
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
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.

rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 4:28PM
Excellent montage, Helen, and it is interesting to read your philosophy behind your art.

Gerryrys 6 1 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 5:02PM
Great pic. and I agree with your sentiment wholeheartedly.

Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 5:35PM
Superb !!!!......another faultless piece of work !!!!
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 5:36PM
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.
27 Sep 2012 6:01PM
Lovely image and tribute, Helen.

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

helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 6:32PM
Many thanks for your comments and in particular many thanks to John for his User Award SmileSmileSmile
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
27 Sep 2012 6:38PM
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.
phil99 11 45 6 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 6:42PM
Excellent image and a fine tribute to Nathan. Hoping he is able to return soon....Philu
27 Sep 2012 7:34PM
A beautiful image and tribute
9 10 10 England
27 Sep 2012 7:52PM
Perfect work as ever Helen.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 8:12PM
Thanks Walter, Gary, Christine and Joan for your comments and many thanks Walter for your User Award SmileSmileSmileSmile
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
27 Sep 2012 8:28PM
Fantastic and lovely montage,Helen,very well done,
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 8:41PM
What a lovely image for Nathan, a big well done and I hope you like it Nathan.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 9:42PM
How kind of you to dedicate this to Nathan, Helen, my thoughts are with him.
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
27 Sep 2012 9:52PM
A beautiful image,well done,I do hope Nathen will come back as I really liked his comments and his work,
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 10:09PM
Thanks everyone SmileSmile
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 7:31AM
Another great piece of art Helen.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 7:50AM
Thanks Mark SmileSmile
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 11:00AM
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
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 11:18AM
Thanks Lillian Smile
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
28 Sep 2012 5:59PM
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
28 Sep 2012 8:08PM
You've made these heads look beautiful Helen.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 9:49PM
Thanks Pascal and Brian SmileSmile
29 Sep 2012 4:30AM
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2012 8:04AM
Thanks Francis Smile
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 8:22PM
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
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 10:00PM
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
14 Nov 2014 10:59PM
Stunning and moving image.
Pleased that Nathan has added his own moving comments and hope he is able to provide us with his excellent insight and great photography.


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