Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Floods in black and white

Although the floods are retreating now, there were still whole fields underwater when I went out with my camera at the weekend.

I found a row of hazel edging the fields and silhouetted against a gentle sunset which was reflected in the flood water.

Because of the silhouette, it seemed right to turn the photos into black and white. This I did in Adobe Photoshop and it revealed a tracery of branches with the history of the hedge to be seen in the trunks gnarled from previous cutting.

The conversion to black and white then suggested possibilities of rotating and tiling small cropped sections of the photos.

Following advice from Connie after my last post, I'm going to attempt to tile these below ...

YES!! It worked! I'm not sure I got the order of the photos quite right in the grid ... but that will have to wait till another day now.

So - I've learnt two things - the power of cropping and gridding black and white photos in Photoshop - and how to insert the HTML code for tables and photos into my blog ... very, very many thanks for the code and for your encouragement, Connie.

And that's the power of blogging across 6,000 miles - not bad for an afternoon's work!

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  1. I'm so glad this worked for you, Margaret! The photos are fab, and they look excellent displayed in tables. Good on you!

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    1. This was my first venture into the world of HTML - so extra thanks for your help.

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  2. Margaret - two things occur to me. You could either make some or all of these images into Thermofax screens or you could get them printed directly onto fabric via a service like Fingerprint. I could get quite carried away for you!

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    1. Very many thanks for both these thoughts. I am quite carried away myself!
      I am familiar with Thermofax screens but not with Fingerprint. It sounds very interesting indeed and I will follow it up and, no doubt, post anything that results.

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  3. Love it!!! Very inspirational. I find the black and white quite stunning. Now, where to find the time!!

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    1. Thank you very much Marny ... but yes indeed, where to find the time ... too many ideas by half, that's me! Maybe Living to work above has an answer ...

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  4. Really effective results. Good to see something positive coming out of the awful flooding.

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    1. Round here it's not been too bad, though many fields have been under water on and off for weeks.

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  5. The square pictures are quite stunning indeed. I'm looking forward to seeing what you'll be doing with this series.

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    1. These were the happy results of some playtime with Adobe Photoshop. I'm learning as I go and as yet I'm not quite sure where they will lead, though I have one thought ...

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  6. Oh how beautiful is that black and white! Each piece on its own or as a whole - beauty filled!

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    1. Very many thanks. Now struggling with the best way to get some printed onto fabric - not sure which way I'll go yet ...

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  7. In my eyes, you are a very brave woman ... tackling html scares the bejeeses out of me !
    What an accomplishment with gorgeous results !
    I love the B&W treatment ... lots of potential here !

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    1. Not brave really - Connie gave me the code and full instructions and I just followed them - but thank you very much for your comments. I'm so enjoying all this black and white. Now to make use of some of it ...

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