Monday, November 2, 2009

Go fish!

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I'm trying something a little different for this week's Ruby Tuesday image. I've been playing with obsessed with textures the past few days and knew I wanted this image to look more like it was taken through the dusty and scratched glass of an old aquarium, rather than just of the (just as old and even more dusty) mobile hanging in a corner of my son's room. More fishlike, if you will, and less "garishly painted wooden object", and of course since it's red it was the natural choice for Ruby Tuesday.
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What have you tried lately to step out of your photographic comfort zone?
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27 comments:

quilly said...

Wow! It took me a minute for my eyes to realize this wasn't a real fish. My gaze focused on the stripes and I wondered if the color and glow had anything to do with the tank lights -- then I noticed the fish's eye and peripheral details, then I noticed the eye hook. With a more life-like fish you could have pulled this off.

Robin said...

Yeah, I'm kicking myself for not cloning out that eye hook. Not that I'm trying to fool anyone, it just would have made a more compelling image that way.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I really enjoy seeing what others are doing to improve their photos. At first glance, you had me, Robin. Keep up the good work. ;-)

ilanadavita said...

Well-done Robin. Great effect.

Ralph said...

Kind of like Nemo floating around. At it looks real, too. I wonder if it could be used a bait, it seems to offer depth along with its lively colors. Excellent!

Dimple said...

I might have been hooked, but I read the text before I looked at the picture closely! I don't do a whole lot of manipulation on my photos generally, except for cropping. That can improve things a whole lot!

Carolyn Ford said...

I like the composition very much! And, it really looks real...very nice Ruby Tuesday!

RivkA with a capital A said...

I think you achieved your goal.

It's kind of surrealists -- like you don't realize the fish isn't real at first

Marice said...

awww what a cute fish! is that nemo?:)

u may view mine if u have time

chubskulit said...

Very creative...

How about an ornery little fella for Ruby Tuesday?

eileeninmd said...

Creative photo and well done. The most I have done is crop the photos or resize them.

Carletta said...

Very creative Robin!
Looks like Nemo in the background.
Wish I hadn't read the other comments - I wouldn't have noticed the eyehook. :)
I wish I had better software to play with. Maybe Santa will bring me something.

Paz said...

I love your fish photo. You're inspiring me to try more different things.

Paz

Dianne said...

I love the murky background
and the perspective

I've been playing with cropping
Hope makes the most amazing expressions and I'm learning how to better capture faces

Leora said...

I like what you did - it does look like it's swimming, even with the little hook.

Meikah said...

Oh good try! :) Yeah it's fun to experiment with photos.

Happy RT!

My RT entry is here.

pinkyshelo said...

Oh that is nice.. I have never been good on working images like that..

Hootin' Anni said...

That's a mobile? It looks so real....so aquarium-like!!!

My R T is posted now. "I came, HE SAWED, we conquered". come see. Here is the permalink to my Tuesday post.

Icy BC said...

Ooh what a beautiful fish!

bj said...

What an excellent photo you created here. I love it.
Great Ruby post.
xo bj

Daryl said...

Adding that mask and trick or treat bag to the Waiting, Impatiently photo is as outside my comfort zone as I can get photographically ... I just want what I see to be what you see ... I know I am, for an outgoing New Yorker, very conservative about my photos

Auntie E said...

Love the Shadow effect in the back. They look great. yeah winters coming here I will have to be more creative:-). You did great.

Patty Reiser said...

Desert Greetings Robin,
The aquarium needs a few bubbles. :) I think you did a really good job. I have been experimenting with cutting people out of photos and putting them in front of new digital backgrounds.
Wishing you a picture perfect day!
Patty

kaye said...

I got down on the ground to take a picture of dead leaves for today. I'm getting pretty stiff in the knees so that wasn't a very comfortable position for me :)

love your fish

quilly said...

Fresh coffee at my place. Come on over & we'll talk photography. ;)

Baba's Special Babies said...

Hi Robin, you had me fooled!!! The fish looks real .... a great job done for today's post.. Baba

storyteller at Small Reflections said...

Like others, you had ME fooled! Marvelous photograph ;-)
Hugs and blessings,