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Copyright: Michael Jones (mike) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 59 W: 16 N: 68] (280)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004
Categories: HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: HP Photosmart 850
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-12-11 5:34
Viewed: 3045
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This one's a labour of love, it took absolutely ages to create, and would take just as long to explain how to fully, but a few ideas for anyone interested in this type of image:

It's basically three seperate photographs, composited on to a wood effect background. Each photograph was cropped to a square, then I used the circular masking tool to mark out a large circle, this was then spherized using the spherize filter.

After reselecting the circular selection I then copied it to a new layer, this is so some layer effects could be added, these were an inner shadow to give the bottom of the glass sphere, the colour used was black, the mode set to multiply and the angle set to -90, I then adjusted the distance and size until it looked authentic.

I then added an outer glow, using black again, and multiply mode to darken the sphere around the edges, this is when it really starts to look like glass. A green colour overlay was also used at a transparency of 10% to give the slight green tint that a thick glass object has.

After flattening the layers the three images were pasted onto the wooden background and shadows were added beneath each one, to give the illusion that they were sitting on the surface, without this the spheres would appear to be floating in space, so it's an important stage.

paco, Quark, Fisher, WALTERito, SandPiper, davidbat, laine, Pamela has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To laine: Hi Lainemike 1 12-14 10:33
To WALTERito: Thanks Waltermike 1 12-12 02:14
To Fuji-mon: Thanks for the award!mike 1 12-11 09:48
To Nessuno: Thanks Woutmike 1 12-11 08:42
To cloverstar: Thanks Diana...mike 1 12-11 06:40
To Jancie: Thanks Jancie!mike 1 12-11 06:31
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I admire you for your patience whilst making this, but it sure was worth the effort!

Very creative idea you worked out. Well done!

Hi Mike - excellent! Very, very creative. Regards, Janice

This is so good, I don't know where to start critiquing. Each photo is excellent. The clarity, colours and composition all are very good. The concept and execution of your post processing work is wonderful, and the effect you have achieved is first class. Brilliant idea Mike. I commend you on explaining the steps taken to produce this image, and sharing your expertise with other members of TrekLens - Thanks. I also like the layout you chose, positioning the Spring at the back and then Fall, and having the winter scene in the front. Very imaginative. Going straight into my favourites. Well done for everything.

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  • paco (119)
  • [2004-12-11 6:55]

Incredible work you did here!! Excellent idea, very creative and so well done. Can't critic anything, it's just perfect: clarity, sharpness, shadows...Great postprocessing. Great seasons illustration and graphic composition. Bravo!!

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  • Quark Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 1314 W: 11 N: 29] (66)
  • [2004-12-11 6:56]

Indeed, a lot of work, but the result is fantastic, Mike, I like these different seasons with also different and beautiful colours, it's great work from you !

wow! very helpful tips...great gift for us TL members....Advance Merry X'mas to you Mike...Thank you for the new ideas....

Mike, you are very creative and the time you spent on this deserves an award. So, here's my award to you,
Well done. :) :)

You are a real expert on PS Mike! This is an outstanding performance. You can swipe the sweat of your brow now, you have succeeded in creating a great pivce of art! I live the glassy appearance of the globes... Well done, good and informative note too!

Tres beau travail pour un éloge fort réussi ...aux saisons...

Wow! Nice Work!It's clear. Beautifull. You do something very smouth.

Very good job you've done there Michael !
Alas, where has summer gone to ? ;-)
I can well imagine the trials you had.
The "basic" pictures were already very good and well chosen.
On the spring-sphere, I feel the distortion is not completely as it's supposed to be on a sphere. The pods would grow smaller towards the top (wouldn't they ?)
On the autumn-sphere the edge (left-top) feels too strong and would welcome a softer finish.
Apart from that an excellent creation. TFS

Uau! beautiful framing and creativity. The reflexes were excellent. I identify with that type of composition friend! congratulations for the beautiful picture, she gives an excellent Christmas card

Wow! This is indeed impressive. Both your creative thinking in creating this and the beautiful composition. Excellent!....:O) Ops out of points you so deserve...will get them tomorrow for you!
Points added!

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  • laine Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 355 W: 37 N: 107] (885)
  • [2004-12-14 9:10]
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the idea to put seasons in balls or bubbles is great, however, you're missing summer here! :)otherwise the work is really creative and i can't even imagine how long time it took. and your notes with all the steps are just great! thanx!

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  • Pamela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 394 W: 46 N: 24] (1294)
  • [2004-12-14 13:29]

So pretty Michael. A good composition, great. Thanks for teach how you did it.


It is a pity one can give only 2 points for such masterpiece. Alas there are only 3 seasons. It makes photo more interesting. Note describing way to finisg effect is excelent.

Uyyyyy love this one also, thanks for sharing the how to on it , took a lot of patience.

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