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MonthSeptember 2008

How I made the image for my Twitter homepage

Twitter homepage allows users to import an image and set a background colour.

I shot an image of a flamingo at The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust sanctuary at Slimbridge. In Photoshop CS3 I cropped it to make the basis of the image I wanted. I then doubled the height of the canvas, and then went back in history and copied the original. I then went forward to the version with the doubled canvas, and pasted in the original.

Now I used Edit > Transform > Flip Vertical to flip the top image to make a reflection and then moved it down to marry up with the top image. I then lowered the opacity of the lower image until it looked like a reflection, then flattened and made a jpeg.

And no, I didn’t know what I was going to do before I did it. I knew I liked the crop and I knew I didn’t like the abrupt cut-off at the bottom of the neck, so the reflection evolved out of the desire to solve that problem.

Finding your soulmate – Nikon 70-200mm VR

I think one of the measures of true experimenters is that they don’t listen to anyone. They like what they like and they do what they like. Well, it’s a theory anyway.

I on the other hand have, for the longest time, had a little conversation going on in my head about which focal length lens I like. Except that I’m not the only one in the conversation. There are photographers and writers about photography in there as well. And they all have opinions on what are good and useful focal lengths.

If lenses were cheaper it wouldn’t have taken me long to try out the long lens I have been thinking about for a long time. But at last a ray of light has shone through and I bought the lens I want.

“I think you have made a wise choice.”

“I have no opinion on lenses. I am drinking.”

Nikon 70-200mm VR

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