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Lucy, like the converging lines in this. Make a nice hi-contrast mono conversion.
The cows look so very strokable!About the ice skaters - I was photographing from a distance and trying to pan my camera to keep them in focus, but to blur their surroundings. The first picture is very cropped - a middle aged man, skating awkwardly and wearing a baggy coat was in focus and I was going to delete the shot. But then I noticed the much lither figure of a woman to his left, wearing a nicely shaped jacket and kept her :) So the effect is a combination of my camera moving, some accidental camera shake and the movement of the skaters. The blue and white lights around the rink added the colours.
Hello Adrian.I am limitted in what I can do in adjusting pictures. Ailleni of Monochrome Weekly recommended a downloadable programme for converting colour photos to black and white but my laptop works so slowly already, I haven't liked to add anything more to it.By going round the houses, I can change to black and white - but the results tend to lack subtlety. I had a go at this one after your suggestion. Taken as a whole, it doesn't 'work'. At least, I can't 'work' it but some quite interesting abstracts result which I may use some time.LucyLucy
Hello Kitty. I love cows. I hadn't met these ones before though and, in the absence of the farmer, I didn't want to disturb them - so they went unstroked.Thanks for explaining the skaters. Knowing when to take advantage of chance is a huge thing with photography.Lucy
Lucy, you need fast processors and big RAM. 4GB is now the norm. Software once you learn it doesn't need to cost more than Twenty pounds. Or in the case of GIMP it's free. I use Adobe Elements and will start doing a few how to's. Elements 6 is now all but free. Elements 8 is £70.00, CS4 is £700.00. If You are interested e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and I will endeavour to tell you the simple ways to speed up your machine.
Probably not an insurmountable problem. I will put a couple of links on my post tomorrow which should help. If you want free then I can post legitimate free, that I have been given by Adobe. You will make it your images are different enough. Look after you and yours.
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