“Conformity is the jailer of freedom, and the enemy of growth.” —John F. Kennedy

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by Charles Haacker
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Flowers & Plants Critique
Topic: Echinacea with Grass Flower Spikes, Natural Light, HDR
Replies: 2
Views: 19

Echinacea with Grass Flower Spikes, Natural Light, HDR

These were juuuust starting to fade so I grabbed the camera. This is a spot on the dining table that has windows with translucent blinds on two sides, to camera right and directly opposite. I've used it before because I like the way the background willusually go completely white without my having to...
by Charles Haacker
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: People Critique
Topic: Portrait of Lauren
Replies: 13
Views: 122

Re: Portrait of Lauren

You know I ain't much for critique. I think it is a lovely, lively portrait, and yeah, maybe desaturate the yellow to match the blouse at that point. I really cannot see anything past her captivating eyes so I pretty much stay there. I didn't even notice the yellow thingy 'til somebody mentioned it....
by Charles Haacker
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Abstract Showcase
Topic: Magnolia abstracts
Replies: 15
Views: 99

Re: Magnolia abstracts

I like the second of the first two very, very much. They are all good, but that one appeals to me most for some reason. (OK)
by Charles Haacker
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Animals Showcase
Topic: What's up?
Replies: 14
Views: 90

Re: What's up?

Just plain hilarious. I am still laughing. He may not be thinking about anything but it's the fact that all us primates look so much alike that we invariably anthropomorphize them. I wish we did know what they are thinking if they think beyond sheer necessities. The eyes in the resting face look so ...
by Charles Haacker
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Places Showcase
Topic: Church of St Thomas à Becket
Replies: 5
Views: 43

Re: Church of St Thomas à Becket

Simply beautiful. Beautiful. Simple. (OK)
by Charles Haacker
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Image Processing
Topic: Retouching Before There Was Photoshop (Two Links)
Replies: 2
Views: 21

Re: Retouching Before There Was Photoshop (Two Links)

The things we used to have to do... I was never anywhere near your level, Chuck, but this stuff interests me because I actually learned darkroom work long before I learned to use a camera (like a half century). I grew up in a newspaper family and we had the only darkroom in town, so I learned to wo...
by Charles Haacker
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Image Processing
Topic: Retouching Before There Was Photoshop (Two Links)
Replies: 2
Views: 21

Retouching Before There Was Photoshop (Two Links)

I came across this: Beauty Retouching from the Early 1900s: A Portrait of Actress Joan Crawford That’s ‘Photoshopped’. It reminded me that I used to do that! In that way! The Old Fashioned Way! I first learned it in school, then had to really learn it in earnest after a very gifted retoucher (Mrs. S...
by Charles Haacker
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: ― Artistic Expression Showcase
Topic: The Flute Player
Replies: 7
Views: 48

Re: The Flute Player

Wasn't Madama Butterfly by any chance? The instrument looks to be a shinobue transverse bamboo flute (I can hear it in my head)...

Your picture is a marvelous work of art combining so many things Japanese. Very, very well done! :thumbup:
by Charles Haacker
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: ― Artistic Expression Showcase
Topic: FingerWork
Replies: 18
Views: 118

Re: FingerWork

Gee thanks Dave. I’m glad you like it. I’m sorta surprised to see so many positive responses, as some of the things I did here were new to me, and my confidence in them was near zero. I have a rather fixated attachment to my own kitchen window in this new/old house, so I keep on shooting it in morn...
by Charles Haacker
Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: People Showcase
Topic: Portrait Collage of Mel
Replies: 3
Views: 29

Re: Portrait Collage of Mel

That's a lovely set that is so much more than a "good likeness." Her personality shines through. I really think you have a rare talent, Ernst. It's very, very rare that I see anything of yours that "doesn't do it" for me. 'Course I just knows what I likes with no training so there's that, but I more...