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Spruce Needles


Posted by SantaFeJoe on Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:01 pm

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When an old spruce tree in the front yard was dying, it dropped needles in my birdbath. I saw this pattern against the bottom of the birdbath and thought it was a pretty artsy natural piece of art that I had to capture. Previously posted Owl/Woodpecker image is from the trunk of the same tree after its' demise.
Motorola Moto E phone, 2.47mm, f2.2@1/40 sec., processed in Picasa.
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by Ron Day on Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:07 pm
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A great-looking pattern, Joe. That tree was very special, and you are very talented to carve it so nicely. Well done.
 

by Cynthia Crawford on Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:27 am
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Very pretty indeed. Very nice how they are arranged so symmetrically to create a pleasing design. Sort of caterpillar-like, the way they swirl around. Did you alter the colors? They are lovely. Not so fond of the framing- just my personal preference.
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by SantaFeJoe on Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:39 am
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Cynthia Crawford wrote:
Very pretty indeed. Very nice how they are arranged so symmetrically to create a pleasing design. Sort of caterpillar-like, the way they swirl around. Did you alter the colors? They are lovely. Not so fond of the framing- just my personal preference.

Colors got a bit skewed along the way in processing. I think it is mostly the contrast adjustment to reduce the reflection of the sky on the water. I, personally liked them a bit more natural like this:

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They did vary quite a bit in color. Thank you both for your comments and input.

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by Cynthia Crawford on Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:04 am
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SantaFeJoe wrote:
Cynthia Crawford wrote:
Very pretty indeed. Very nice how they are arranged so symmetrically to create a pleasing design. Sort of caterpillar-like, the way they swirl around. Did you alter the colors? They are lovely. Not so fond of the framing- just my personal preference.

Colors got a bit skewed along the way in processing. I think it is mostly the contrast adjustment to reduce the reflection of the sky on the water. I, personally liked them a bit more natural like this:

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They did vary quite a bit in color. Thank you both for your comments and input.

Joe

Much better, Joe-I agree. The mat color in the frame is much nicer too.
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by SantaFeJoe on Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:16 am
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Thanks, Cindy.

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by Ron Day on Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:42 pm
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I personally prefer the original. The color is what makes it come to life for me. :)
 

by Carol Clarke on Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:26 pm
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I like the original best, the colours are just right for my tastes and I like the swirling curves.  Reminds me of the thick strands of tinsel that get hung around at Christmas - maybe this is nature's version.  :) 

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by SantaFeJoe on Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:06 pm
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Thanks, all, for your comments and input.

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