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  1. Another one. The clematis flowers have all started going to seed, and some of the heads are getting quite fluffy. I'd intended to make another merge or two, but the camera battery ran out! Technical stuff: Canon EOS750D camera, Canon EFS 60mm (96mm equivalent) macro lens, f/2.8, ISO 1600 (because I forgot to set it to 100 before i started!); thirty photos. I have the camera set to save CR2 (Canon Raw) and jpeg; for quickness, I made the first merge from the jpegs straight out of camera then adjusted white balance and vibrance, saved the afphoto file, then reduced the size and ever so slightly sharpened the image. (For some reason I get an error trying to upload the first file, but this slightly compressed version works.) Although I set the white balance and vibrance to give what i thought was the same result, as you see the two pics are quite different. I think I prefer the first one, but that's just me. And maybe a more contrasting background next time?
  2. More whimsical nonsense. I saw a meme recently asking what if prey animals were predators and vice-versa. Naturally, I thought 'I can do better than that', and perhaps I have. (I haven't got the original to show you, so you'll have to take my word for it.) In case you can't recognise them, this is a rabbit and a wolf, but I've switched the eyes and the teeth. I think the results are a little disturbing . . . Both source images are from Pixabay. The rabbit is by David Mark, the wolf by WikiImages.
  3. I realise I haven't posted anything here for some time, so here's something I made to amuse my musical friends on Facebook (with some success). The concept is taken from a Will Heath Robinson drawing I saw in an exhibition not long ago. I could have bought the original (if I had lots of money) but I decided to steal emulate the Master's idea instead. The original image, on the left, I found on the internet; it's not very big, and so my piece isn't either.
  4. Great job! I must have a go at one or two of mine; haven't got a Rollei, though I have a Microcord, which is based on it.
  5. It's certainly a hundred or two fewer than some of the vector stuff I've done, Jules!
  6. I had a sudden inspiration to create some critters from mythology. I intended to start with a faun/satyr, but I couldn't find a photo of a goat's hind legs in the right pose, so I went for a centaur instead. Source photos from Pexel. Source images ... And the layers ... For the horse's right shoulder I copied the horse layer and flipped it -- that's the turned-off layer -- and used the clone stamp to copy the rump. I made a rectangle with the chestnut colour of the horse and a gradient of 100% to zero to make the colour change between the horse and the man look seamless and more natural. I blurred and dulled down the background image to make the centaur stand out better. And now I suppose I'm just going to have to go out and take my own photograph of a goat standing on its back legs!
  7. Wow, this takes me back to my impressionable teens! I had a hard time trying to explain to my Art master at school that Op Art was NOT simply a matter of geometric patterns. Neve did convince him. I'm a Bridget Riley fan too. There was a retrospective in Birmingham (England) a few years ago which I saw.
  8. Thanks for putting me straight on that, Alfred: I obviously didn't read the comment properly. I'll just plead the effects of the season! 😊 Without digging out my archive HDDs I can't be certain, but I think the font is one of the Futena family, which is very similar. I was looking for an open face rather than historical accuracy, and again this just looked the part to me. Thank you William. I thought it needed something to fill the gap without distracting from the important part of the image. I tried a more natural-looking cloud or two -- in a deco style -- but in the end these very simple ones seemed to work best. You can easily work out how I did them: add some rounded rectangles and/or cloud shapes, convert to curves and tweak a node or two.
  9. It's Broadway, in fact. I wanted a very bold Deco-style typeface, and I thought this fitted the bill nicely. I didn't know the history of it till you prompted me to look it up, but according to wikipedia: The original face was designed by Morris Fuller Benton in 1927 for ATF. Ah well, whatever, as the young people say. I'm happy with it anyway 😊
  10. I've no plans to make it available for sale, Toby -- but you're welcome to copy this image to print if you like. It's only 850 x 1200 pixels, so it wouldn't be very big.
  11. I usually make a little video for New Year's Eve, but with one thing and another I haven't managed it this time. Instead, here's a greeting card from 1908 slightly (greatly!) edited for the occasion.
  12. Well, it's been a funny year for us in the Kasper household: we've left the Isle of Wight and moved back to the North Island (or England, as the natives call it). We're still getting ourselves sorted out, and it hasn't left me much spare time for creating the usual Christmas video. Instead, I've made a Christmas card, with the most authentic portraits of us and a couple of the neighbours. (Yes, they live just across the back fence.) As you'll no doubt see, I couldn't be bothe didn't have time to draw in the calves' legs -- but it was rather misty at the time anyway! Merry Christmas!
  13. I had to look that one up, Alfred: yes, that was me, a good many years ago! Are you going to illustrate that one?
  14. I did one in Spanish too, because ... well, why not?
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