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Max took this photo of me taking photos. :)


Snapshots from Richmond Park and Hill. January 8th, 2005
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On January 11th, 2005 06:17 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you. :)
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On January 11th, 2005 08:27 am (UTC), kore commented:
oh wow. gorgeous day!
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On January 11th, 2005 06:17 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
it was! :) bitter cold wind, though.
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On January 11th, 2005 08:33 am (UTC), dreamtech commented:
Yay! Lots of bird pictures, among others. I've become something of a bird nerd lately, so I particularly enjoyed them.

As always, thanks for sharing.
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On January 11th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I think I've always been a bird nerd. :)
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On January 11th, 2005 09:01 am (UTC), beatnikside commented:
Gorgeous shots. I can all but taste the air.
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On January 11th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you. It was sunny, but there was a bitter cold wind (note the gloves). Even colder than Stonehenge.
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On January 11th, 2005 09:04 am (UTC), mizerabl commented:
Красиво, хуле...

Только я не понял, причем здесь Грузия? Или what mean "Gorgeous"?

P.S. Но погода мерзкая. Всяко.
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On January 11th, 2005 06:29 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Спасибо. См., изображения для mizerabl и не too much текста. :)

Gorgeous такие же как красивейше.
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On January 11th, 2005 10:06 am (UTC), yhancik commented:
aaaaaaaaaaaah it's beautiful








and i'm amazed to see how clear the birds are on your shots
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On January 11th, 2005 06:33 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
The wind suspending them in mid-air helped immensely. :)
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On January 11th, 2005 11:38 am (UTC), orb8 commented:
gorgeous pics!

look, richmond and stockholm is like the same place!:)



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On January 11th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
That is amazing, the trees must travel between stockholm and richmond frequently. Who knew? :)

The colours are beautiful in that photo, do you mind my asking what post-processing you used (if any?)
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On January 11th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC), orb8 replied:
:)
this is what you do...
duplicate the background layer (in photoshop) amd make sure it's on top of the original
set the dupe to "soft light" and give it a gaussian blur of 3
your original layer was a bit dark so i adjusted the brightness using the levels (image/adjustments/levels) and then finally bumped the saturation (ctrl+U)
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On January 11th, 2005 09:53 pm (UTC), orb8 replied:
oops forgot to post the result:)
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On January 11th, 2005 11:02 pm (UTC), nickdangerous replied:
Excellent technique. Very effective. I don't use Photoshop (sacrilege!), but I will try to approximate the effect in Corel. Thanks for the tip!
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On January 12th, 2005 12:25 am (UTC), orb8 replied:
i'm sure you can do most of these things in corel? i'm a bit burnt out on the gaussian blur so you might wanna keep it to much less than 3. it will still look soft but not so obvious gaussian blurred:)
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On January 12th, 2005 09:54 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I've used gaussian blur on my photos before (although not anything I've posted here). I agree that it can be easily overdone.
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On January 12th, 2005 09:53 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: oops forgot to post the result:)
Thank you so much, that looks fantastic (I need a photoshop mentor! :)
I adjusted the levels for all of the above photos, but I couldn't seem to get it brighter without washing out the sky. Your method seems to prevent that from happening. The increased saturation makes it magical.
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On January 11th, 2005 12:56 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Beautiful shots.
In particular, the first one is almost surreal in that the birds look arranged, almost painted into reality. The third image with the tree is amazing with a lot of character. The tree has a real personality. Perhaps in a black and white it might deepen the image even more. I think the image of moss might be my favorite, I have a fondness for texture. Great work!
Jason (http://www.filteredview.org)
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On January 11th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC), starlitgem replied:
Re: Beautiful shots.
so true
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On January 11th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: Beautiful shots.
Thank you. :) The first photo is my favorite because of exactly that, they almost don't seem to have any relation to their surroundings. I tried the tree in black and white, but I think I much prefer it in colour mostly because of the bright blues and oranges.


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On January 11th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC), starlitgem commented:
so so beautiful.

what kind of camera do you use again?
what settings was it on?
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On January 11th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you. :) I use a Nikon D70.
On January 12th, 2005 11:47 am (UTC), sabrys replied:
How are you finding it? Last time I dipped into your journal I seem to remember that you were still making up your mind.

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On January 14th, 2005 06:07 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I am loving it and learning something new every day. I don't regret my choice at all.
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On January 11th, 2005 11:44 pm (UTC), nickdangerous commented:
#'s 5 and especially 6 are my favorites. I like the patterns of birds in the sky relative to the ground and how you captured the wingtips without any blurring.

#10 is interesting. The plane is in a dominant triangle position over the birds, yet both are white. Both human and bird are "created" from nature, yet the birds remain connected while we speed along, isolated by our technology for the sake of progress. I can't help but feel that way in my cubicle-farm at work. Nature plays outside my window while I churn along with my productive efforts... paradoxically in the hope of earning enough money to return to nature.

In the future, technology will close the "nature gap". The blinking screens and bleeping noises will give way to "enhanced knowing". My idea of a perfect cell phone is one that doesn't exist. No screen, no ringtone, no battery charger.

"How do you know you are getting a call?"

Answer: "I just know."

Pardon... I'm being creative tonight. Off for tea now. :)
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On January 12th, 2005 01:37 pm (UTC), joby commented:
Lovely photos! It's already been said before but there's a rather trippy impression of the birds not being part of the landscape in some of them...it's as though you're in a movie studio and some painted wooden gulls are being hung with wire in front of a backdrop. Not dissimilar to the look of early colour films in a way.

On the subject of impressions, the tree closeup made me do a double take - it could almost be one of Yann Arthus-Bertrand's gorgeous aerial shots, of a ridged hill perhaps. Trees are fascinating, especially in their 'naked' winter state.

Anyway, thanks for sharing them!
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