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Good day to all who enter here.
I`ve put together a few images that will make your photography hopefully more excing.
I do explain some of my techniques herein & trust me they are so simple, even I use them.
Simply by pasting eyes to some images of inanimate subjects, preferably where eyes should be brings a little intrigue to them.
You`ll notice below how intelligent Igor (pronounced; ”Eyegor in honor of Marty Feldman) seems to be, & he really is.
He`s partially responsible for this diary. I took a shot of him downloading images for me on his laptop.
He`s sitting on a brick wall to lend a bit more credulity to the process.
I have a habit of replying to any comment & usually with a commensurate image & will answer/explain any “how to” questions.
With a hat tip to Igor, let`s jump over the geometric orange Newton rings & commence this particular parade of pictures.

  Downloading Images

MENTAL IMPASSE 1

Brown Bagging It

 BROWN-BAGGING IT DSCN2763

A coral Banded Shrimp attempting to steal food from an Elephant Ear Coral that has closed around its food.

Light Bulb

light bulb 1567

Fluoresceing

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Where`s Waldo

DSCN7138

Black & Colored

TERRACED BIRDHOUSE  DSC2016

Dichotomy

 CONFRONTATION
This is similar to the explanation in the image below.
A bronze statue & a self portrait.
Story here;

http://frenchpirate.blogspot.com/...

Double Exposure
This is two pictures taken at different times with the camera on a tripod.
First the picture of the table setting, then without moving the tripod, another picture is taken at sunset.
In Ps copy & paste one over the other & erase the bottom now dark table setting to reveal the one taken earlier.

XMAS EVE DINNER PLACE SETTINGS  DSCN1609

These are easy to create & are exciting to view.
Simply cross your eyes while staring at the vertical dividing line & a 3D image will appear.
It will also be double the resolution since you are really seeing both images at once.

Cross View 3D

 SUNSET TRUMPETS

 DIMENSIONAL MEDITATION

 CITRIC DUTY

 3D 5

 3D 1

 3D 2

 RED 3D

Black & Blood

 BLACK & BLOOD DSCN6265

A little frog that is in a large red plastic bucket.

Pac-Man Poppy

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The Forgotten Ones

 THE FORGOTTEN

Story here: http://frenchpirate.blogspot.com/...

Serenity & Jealousy

These two sisters have been at odds since childhood. Born in a village where beauty is the mark of royalty, one is extremely jealous of the other, a vice encouraged by other young ladies in their tribe, who could only hope to be as beautiful, who instigate conflict with rumor & innuendo. The other sister, true to her royal destiny, takes the abuse, as if it`s required of her, almost like a rite of passage. This only aggravates the situation with her sister, who thinks it is an effrontery, to hope she will eventually be queen. The way one perceives beauty is sometimes confusing. Is the scarred burn victim who comforts her younger brother who scraped his knee, less beautiful, than the young lady vying for the "ROSE PARADE Queen" title. You choose: Who is the jealous one & who is at peace with herself. The fate of the sisters rest in your hands.

SERENITY & JEALOUSY flat

Guardian

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Green Eyed Lady

 DETERMINED DSCN5178

Bwwaaahh

 BWAAHH DSC0015

Cold Nightmare

 COLD NIGHTMARE 1

Long Lost Lady & the Blues

LONG LOST LADY & THE BLUES.FLT

My Rescues

 DAY 22 DSCN1148

 JESSICA, THE PEAR SHAPED BABY DSCN5405

 SHADE BIRD DSCN1057

IRIS  (Rescued as a little baby)

 POLE DANCER  DSCN1688

Backing Off

BACK AWAY DSCN1694

Color Chart

DSCN4374

Black Magic

 BLACK MAGIC  DSC1237

Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp

 SQUARE EYES DSCN7247

Hawkfish & Green Bubble Coral

 HAWKFISH BUBBLE   DSCN3012

Preflight Check
(side)
DSCN0517

(front)

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Powder Blue

 powder blue DSCN6063

Morning Ritual

Here a little series reflecting the title.

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Ohh My

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Sunsets
I proudly post many sunsets online because they Happen here, most frequently in the winter.(so you can expect more, cause t`is the season).
I take single shots of the sunsets, but I also take multiple shots of the same sunsets in a sequence.
Here is a sequence pile of 10.

10 shots psd

And here the finished sunset I make using only an eraser & a move tool.

10 shots merged

Another sample.

 REARRANGED MERGE

Make your own scenes.

Knuckle`s Tow

 KNUCKLE`S TOW jpg

Here is an example of using alternative lighting.
This is a timed exposure at night with the camera on a tripod.
I used a penlight flashlight during the exposure to highlight the accentuating red ribbons in particular.
I also have a shutter delay to start the the flashlight painting as soon as the timer activates the shutter.
I also shoot many of my night blooming cacti using my flashlight from above, behind & the side.
There are more examples of this easy technique below.

Fire Watcher

FIRE WATCHER

Story here:  http://frenchpirate.blogspot.com/...

Stalking Prey

ROYAL YAWN DSCN4457

This is a hard one, lent to a unique situation.
I`d noticed this Royal Gamma exhibiting this activity every time I entered my fish room in another part of the compound at my old house.
I studied it for a few days & noticed that when I came in it would get anxious but after about 20 minutes it would calm down & equalize.
If you`ve been in a descending airplane sometimes yawning will equalize the pressure, so I figured that is what the fish was doing, yawning.
After a few more days of observations, I got ready & timed it perfectly judging by the results.
Not to say that it was easy.
The fish had to yawn in the prefocused depth of field I`d set. A few inches back or forward & I would not have this shot to brag on.

An example of giving life to your subject, ironically, in this example it`s a Death Mask.

Life Mask

LIFE MASK 1

What Do You Think Of Evolution

 WHAT ARE YOU THINKING DSCN0088

Using a large piece of poster board accentuates the subject & eliminates at time distracting backgrounds.

 1 DSCN1552

DSCN1466

 2 DSCN1573

Almost There

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Posing for Scents

 POSING FOR SCENTS DSCN3352

Fun With Baskets

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(Here I was yelling at them to not even think of putting those baskets on their heads.

Nocturnal Wingspread (Another example of flashlight lighting)

 NOCTURNAL WINGSPREAD DSCN3387

Spirograph Sunflower

19 SPIROGRAPH 1

Purple & Orange Fungia  (a coral)

plate coral detail  #352

Fly Me to the Moon

 1 DSCN1550

Full Moon Owl

2 DSC0046

Night Time Powder Puffs

DSCN1442

Pretty Woman

DSCN9907

Tiny Tim

 Tiny Tim DSCN1832

Eye to Eye

 1 DSCN1805

Sandy

 SANDY.DSCN9569

Coconut

 coco DSCN9856

(I rescued my great buddy over 15 years ago)

False Fruit Reflected

 FALSE FRUIT DSCN6047

Walnut Table
One of my tables. I build only one of each of my designs.
This one is in a beach cottage I`d just about completed at the time I took the image.

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Beach Cottage View

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From inside the beach cottage

 08 x 5648

Banan Ap eel

For a little humor & to gain Ps tool dexterity, have some fun.
If your not having fun, you`re doing it wrong.

BANANA EEL PEEL FLAT

One more thing.
If the eye of my subjects are not in focus, I consider them useless

A little Blenny

DSCN1698

Pasting subjects into unusual settings will generate interest. Be creative.
It`s free.

Boxcar Willie

 3  DSCN8386

Make things happen

Eggplant

EGGPLANT

Timepiece

DSCN5437

Make little things look big (There`s that egg again, & the mantle clock)

 10 DSCN8379

Bring subjects out of frame.

Black & White

 BLACK, WHITE & BOTH _DSC0005

Escaping Confines

COME IN HERE _DSC0007

 OUT OF INK 2

In this set of zebra shots, I experimented with Back & White.
I selected only the White from the original image, (which hangs in my bathroom btw) & pasted it onto a black canvas.
I also selected only the Black from the original & posted it on a white canvas.
Keep playing & have fun.
If you think something might be interesting, go try it immediately.
You`d be surprised.
Then come & share it.
We want to play too.

Cat`s Knows

DSCN6931

Day & Night

 DAY TO NIGHT

Knight Watchman

 NATURE`S WATCHMAN DSCN8577

Bloodied Survivor

 BLOODIED SURVIVOR 1

Lakeside Fire

lakeside fire 3
This is a copy & paste of the same image onto a new canvas twice the height of the original.
I leave one at the top, rotate the next one & move it to the bottom.
In filters, make ripples & now you live by a lake.
The unnatural color of the sun is because it is seen through the haze of a brush fire, one of the hazards of living in Malibu.

Treeflection

 TREEFLECTION flat DSCN2253
I walked by an old mirror leaning against the house out on my deck & saw the reflection of our large Sycamore.
I propped it up & positioned myself to take the shot with the brand from the tree in the mirror as a continuos body.

Agapantha

 1 DSCN2229

Girlie Man

_girlie-man-DSCN1160

Treasure Chest
One of my smaller reefs from the past.
You now know where I get such a plethora of marine shots.
I grow my own subjects.

_-FULL-TANK--661

Honeycomb Hopper

 HONEYCOMB HOPPER DSCN2031

Broken Bottles Mended Fences

 DE FENCE OF ALCOHOL DSCN3649

Story here;  http://frenchpirate.blogspot.com/...

Bluetail Skink

 2 DSCN3263

Hey, What`s Up

DSCN5269

Twin Screw Gates
(Separated my client`s place from Brad & Angelina when I built them)

TWIN-SCREW-GATE--DSCN4781

Pajama Pete

_PAJAMA-PETE-DSCN5055

Full Metal Jacket

FULL METAL JACKET DSCN1538

First Solo  (from my hand)

DSCN2844

Group Theory

 GROUP THEORY DSCN9957

Insistent

MOUTH

That`s All Folks

 ISAAC DSCN7492

One more thing that to me is very important for anyone viewing my images.
They are all shot with a small point & shoot camera.
This means that nobody has any excuse based on lack of expensive equipment.
It is a hobby for all people.
I have nothing against the top of the line camera equipment, only that I can`t afford any of it, but I try to make do to the best of my imagination.
Thank you all & stay healthy & warm.

PS: Any & all errors in spelling and/or grammar shall be attributed to Igor.
He`s not all there, you know.

Originally posted to Shutterbugs on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 08:30 AM PST.

Also republished by Street Prophets , Pink Clubhouse, and Kitchen Table Kibitzing.

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