Sometimes I crank-up the ISO as far as it’ll possibly go just because I’m in the mood for some random noise. Good times.
Also, I’m shocked I haven’t killed this plant yet… it’s remarkably resilient… whatever it is.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Ward Abbott: “Can you really bring him in?”
Alexander Conklin: “I think we’re past that, don’t you? What, do you have a better idea?’
Ward Abbott: “Well, so far, you’ve given me nothing but a trail of collateral damage from Zurich to Paris. I don’t think I could do much worse.”
Alexander Conklin: “Well why don’t you go upstairs and book a conference room. Maybe you can talk him to death.”
– Brian Cox & Chris Cooper – The Bourne Identity
About this image: digital photograph (Canon 300D) lightly modified in Adobe Photoshop
Thank you very, very much, Gabriel!
I sincerely appreciate that!
This looks like a ghost plant. But maybe that’s just the guilt (from all the plants I’ve killed over the years) talking.
Hahaha… you and me both then, Laura!
I’ll let you know if it starts spinning around ominously!
Have a great day. It’s an unique photo even if it isn’t what you wanted to make. 🙂
I thank you, sir! Very much!
And I hope that you have a fantastic day as well!!!
I like it very much, Robert; I think it’s gorgeous. 😀
Thank you very much, S.E!
I thought I’d try something a bit ‘softer’ today…
I was pretty happy with the duotone.
Grainiest grain of the grainiest kind….I like! and of course love of light connected through you the leaf and the lens, very tasty indeed.
Many thanks, sir!
AND another huge advantage for me, of course… extremely high ISO into direct sunlight means minimal camera shake for me! Which is a very, very rare thing!
I like the hazy, dreamy quality to this one, SIG.
I don’t have a green thumb either. I have one cactus that’s doing all right. The cactus needs to be replanted in a larger pot. How does one go about that?!?
Thanks so much, Ms. C! That’s kinda what I was going for (I think)… so I’m so happy to hear that!
Hahaha… I’d probably result to the ‘seize pot firmly, invert & shake method’. And the ‘several layers of oven-mits re-pot’. Something tells me this is not cacti-approved!
I like to crank up the ELO, but whatever you like to dance to, it’s all good.
Giggle, giggle…. good one, Peg.
Good picture, too, SIG. As if you ever post a bad picture.
you ladies! I leave the blog for 5 minutes and it’s turned into a dance-party in here!
COASTERS! COASTERS, PLEASE!
Hahaha… rock-on, Peg!
Great… now I’m gonna’ have ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’ stuck in my head all day…
I can’t stop myself. Appears to be a Swedish Ivy http://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/swedish-ivy.html
Dang! I think you nailed it, A.M… I’m nearly positive it is Swedish Ivy! I was hoping someone would help me out with that… my curiosity was definitely starting to get the better of me!
Quite beautiful! Ok, now please tell me the ISO is? The International Standard Organization? Uh…am I close? I’m sure you’re laughing at me…or with me.
Never! I’m not laughing at all! In fact, you might be right-on with that, because what it basically represents is a standard measure of sensitivity to light. In film photography it’s the ‘speed’ of film… the higher the ISO number (3,200 vs 100 for example) the ‘faster’ the film. Digitally it’s similar… only it describes the sensitivity of camera sensors to light. Faster speeds can be helpful in that they require less time to record an image (so it’s less likely the photographer will move / shake and blur the image). The trade-off is that faster also = more film grain or digital noise. Sometimes people prefer a bit of grain because it can add a certain drama… especially when shooting a ‘gritty’ subject. Plant still-life is probably not the best typical example of that, though. Sorry… I get excited about talking about this sort of thing and I tend to get carried away with it!
Wow, SIG. I do believe I understand what you’re saying when you explain this to me. This is simply because you are explaining it well. I can feel the passion behind this. I hope you get to take more noisy pictures. The payoff is that it is tremendously cool! I like the noise quite a bit. 🙂
Thanks so much, B.F! I was hoping this made some kind of sense…
I get so excited when someone is interested in these things that I tend to get a bit out of control with my reply! And by ‘a bit’ what I really mean is ‘a whole lot’!
I know a few people who could talk you to death
Hopefully ‘they’ don’t have b/w avatars…
“Noisy Plant Parts” had me thinking you did a factory tour. Then I find harmless vegetation. I assume it is harmless, but don’t eat it, just in case. I usually do pretty well with plants, but I put a cactus on the back porch where it got too wet, the base is mushy. Multi-layer pot holders will serve well if there are no HD work gloves “at hand.” Enjoy your weekend!
Hahaha… agreed! The titles over here are all over the place… just like my thought process!
Do you do house-calls, Patti? The poor plants we have over here… I swear… the more time I spend trying to help them out the more they look like the exact opposite has happened… it’s a sad, sad state of plant affairs!
I love that hazy filter look, Sig! Excellent piece you got here!
Have a great weekend, and thanks for all the comments too! 🙂
Thanks much, Deb!
And it’s always my pleasure! I just wish I could come up with words that are more fitting of the wonderful work you are doing over there! I think I need to invest in a thesaurus!
Did you do anything else besides crank up the ISO? I love it. It looks almost like an infrared shot!
Well… I always do way too much in post processing, Madame…
trying to remember… here I think I did some…
conversion to b/w, overall levels (tone) adjustments, selective levels adjustments, duotone tinting, sharpening, slight vignette, etc…
you should see the abuse I throw at my more ‘heavily modified’ images!
If you pee on it , that should kill it.
*chug chug chug*
Nicely processed 🙂
Thank you very much, Eden!
Nice light effect. I should try that, but I doubt it would turn out anywhere near as well.
Oh, I don’t know about that, Binky!
I expect the exact opposite would happen!
The title reminded me of when I did some tree pruning the other day on a tree in our front yard that was way overgrown. I always imagine them screaming as I saw & secateur bits off. Maybe I’m just weird???
We are supposed to be weird Tony…we are cartoonist whether we want to admit it or not.
I wasn’t going to say anything, but…
Of course you’re weird, Tony…
everyone knows you are supposed to sedate a tree before you begin the operation!
I hope no one reports me to the RSPCT (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Trees).
Hahaha… ‘RSPCT Your Trees’ wasn’t that an Aretha Franklin song?!
I sometimes get hung-up on doing things a certain way over and over again (perpetual low ISO, etc.), so I try to break the mold every now and then to try remind myself of the options.
The title had me puzzled at first but then I realized that I had the sound turned off on my computer.
Hahaha… everything is confusing on this blog, Bo…
I’m starting to think this might be a publisher issue…
If you haven’t been, you might enjoy Jeanne’s photo blog:
She takes the ordinary (like you) and captures the extraordinary.
Thanks much, Nancy!
I haven’t been yet… but I’m very much looking forward to it – so thank you again!
Noise has been my very worst enemy. If I’m not shooting at ISO 100, I feel like it’s not even worth bothering with. But then I saw some really purposely-noisy photos on Society6 the other day, and the non-noisy photos next to them looked so BORING. I approve.
I know how you feel, U.M… I shoot at 100 about 95% of the time. And if I don’t I’m probably looking to add noise just… I don’t know… because I’m bored or something.
Thank you, U.M!
I have noise everytime I take a picture, my wife always ask me, “Why are you taking a picture of that.”
Mrs. L. distracting the artist?! That doesn’t seem very nice!
She asked, “What artist? It’s just Bo goofin’ off again.”
Hahaha… I guess it really is true that everyone is a critic, Bo!
I love the neutral tones of this one…and I love the blue of the boat in the last post! Both excellent photos!!!! Have to great weekend!!! 😀
Many thanks, Mary! That is very kind of you to say!
And thank you again – I hope that you have a wonderful weekend as well!
maybe not “of” but on….lol….or in….lol
Any /all of those options make sense to me, Mary…
thank you again!
It looks amazing Mr. SIG 🙂
Thank you, Ms. B!
a very cool click! thanks for sharing. 🙂
Thank you, P&K!
Someone recently told me that plants love coffee. Who knows?
Really? I’ve never heard that before, Nancy… but… it sounds… plausible, anyway!
I’m so curious, now! I really want to try that out!!!
This one looks a bit washed
out, but in a very good way 🙂
There is a a kind of sponging
effect going on too, which is
a nice touch my great friend 🙂
Have a brilliant
rest of weekend 🙂
Thanks so much, Andro! Good call, sir… the light end has been pushed very far… and I’ve lifted quite a few of the mid-tones up as well. Sponging is a very good description, too – I was hoping that the combination of these things would be interesting, so that is a wonderful thing to hear, my friend! Thank you again!
I think that we should be thanking you for all of these excellent offerings you are treating us to, I like how you push the envelope on these projects and the results speak for themselves SIG 🙂 Your style and uniqueness always adds to the quality here and in my way of thinking that just shows what a great artist you are so, thank you SIG and keep up the wonderful work that you are doing 🙂
Man, Andro… I just can’t get over how incredibly generous you are with your remarkably kind comments! Every time I think you’ve said about the nicest thing possible, you find a way to humble me yet again by saying something like this! Thank you so very much, my friend… I sincerely appreciate your great support… sometimes I find myself scratching my head about it all, and things like this really make the whole silly thing seem worth it, somehow! Thank you again, A.G… very, very much!
I respect that you don’t care and will just do what you want, push the iso up and create a different but great photo. 🙂
Brilliant Exposure, very pleasing monochrome!!! Cheers Nonoy Manga
I thank you, N.M!
That is very nice to hear, because I was hoping the pushed lights would add a bit too the atmosphere!
The week-end has come and gone already??? I love the washy look of timelessness in this SiG, and if you ask me, the noise adds a nice touch of gentle shhhoosh to it, not forgetting a valuable lesson from the master!
It’s ridiculous, isn’t it?! Time flies seems like an understatement
You are far too kind! I know just enough to make a mess and/or get myself into trouble, but thank you very, very much all the same!
I just love this picture. 🙂
That is very kind of you to say, Ms. B!
Great perspective and the lighting is awesome!!! You understate your talents significantly, my friend!!
We’ve got these glass blocks in our bathroom that let in some pretty incredible light… of course that means doing some ridiculous balancing acts over / around fixtures… but sometimes it’s worth the unintentional Yoga.
Nothing like a bit of cranked up noise to add interest – works well for urban alley shots too 🙂 Nice idea Bob – like the pinky-grey and white too 🙂
Thank you, Martin!
Agreed… if it helps anywhere, noise often seems to compliment gritty street photography so well! This almost seems like the exact opposite… a case where I’d normally be shooting at ISO 100… sometimes, though… I don’t know… I must have been bored. Or sleep deprived.
You know I absolutely love this composition and your creative use of processing. Beautifully done.
Thank you so much, sir!
I was balancing in a very precarious way while working on this one… so I almost had to just grab as many shots as I could and hope for the best!
Almost looks like it could be under water.
I can see that now, too!