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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 10-17-2015 12:23 AM 966 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Joe in GA laid a comment on Blue Ice #2, and something in my head rattled. This is what came out (that’s oot, to you Northerners):

I sat Blue Ice #2 on Buddy Bell, to keep it out (oot) from under foot. Then, I took it outside (ootside) on this very rare cloudy Southern California day – conditions that are tremendous for photography because things really tend to pop. And, once in the great outdoors (ootdoors – I don’t want anyone feeling excluded), I did some photographing.

Any thoughts?

-- Mark



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lew

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#1 posted 10-17-2015 02:14 AM

I like it- last two especially.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 10-17-2015 11:45 AM

Hey Mark, that gave men an idea for a sphere I am making to go under a plant stand made earlier this year. Thanks, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 10-17-2015 12:47 PM

I see you also like to play with a photo tweaking program. I do also.

I like the 3rd one, because the colors really pop in that one, and also because you can see the blue through the “pagoda” stand.

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#4 posted 10-17-2015 12:54 PM

Lighting is everything in photography. Something I need to learn. Those pictures show a lot of justice now.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Mark Wilson

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#5 posted 10-17-2015 11:17 PM

Joe, do you mean the second one? That one has the flash on, from about six feet away. The only tweaking I do, besides re-sizing, is turning the contrast up a little and adjusting the brightness accordingly. With the camera, I shoot 2/3rds to 1 stop underexposed. Colors mean little to me. Alas, I’m color deficient. I’m whistling in the dark when trying to make anything colorful.
Jim, it gives chills, how much alike you and I think.
Thank you, Dave.
The point, in this series of photos, is the differing arrangements of the elements of the piece. And, whether or not I’ll let Blue Ice #2 be a permanent member of the crew.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 10-18-2015 08:40 AM

That is a nifty arrangement. Artificial turquoise, I think your on to something.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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Mark Wilson

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#7 posted 10-19-2015 01:25 AM

Thanks, John. There’s no Turquoise of any sort involved. It’s all Acrylic Paint. And the wood you see through it.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 10-19-2015 05:20 PM

I likes. Has a very meditative quality to it.

-- Don, https://www.etsy.com/shop/RootandBranchGifts - http://facebook.com/rootandbranchgifts

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Mark Wilson

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#9 posted 10-19-2015 09:13 PM

Thanks, Don. and, it’s adjustable to suit your Feng shui.

-- Mark

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#10 posted 10-22-2015 10:19 AM



Lighting is everything in photography. Something I need to learn. Those pictures show a lot of justice now.

- doubleDD

Not only lighting, but proper White balance… check the differences in color between pictures 1, 2, and 3. #2 most likely has a different White balance, which happens without the shooter realizing it if it is set to “Auto”. Here’s a much better explanation than anything I can give right now, check it out if you gots the time:

http://facethelight.com/whitebalance.php

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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Mark Wilson

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#11 posted 10-24-2015 08:51 PM

Tooch, I have nothing but time. Thanks. Photo #2 is with the flash from about six feet away. Sometimes, when photographing Things indoors, under fluorescent lights, I do manually set the WB. Mostly, though, I’m stuck on the “intelligent” setting, letting the camera do all the work. Then, in editing (GIMP), I re-size and make minor Brightness/Contrast adjustments. I don’t mess with colors. That’s a recipe for disaster for me, because I’m “color-deficient”. I’m also a “person-of-no-particular-color”. (I was born when the world was black-and-white on TV, but after the first successful satellite broadcast.) Nothing but time.

-- Mark

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