it still shines like gold  by pistache

it still shines like gold

i like this line of poetry by nikita gill, which came back to me when i was trying to create something around the idea of community and connection:

show me the most damaged parts of your soul
and i will show you
how it still shines like gold

i seem to be going through a birds and wonky houses phase. maybe i'll grow out of it

maybe it works for the peace theme of the latest composite challenge, the deadline of which has been extended if you want to have a go :)

all my own images: a cotswold sunset, some french tree stumps and houses, an australian pelican and a home counties bird of prey
Please don't grow out of it!!
August 12th, 2020  
I love how you have created this :)
August 12th, 2020  
Fabulous! Love, love the poem, too.
August 12th, 2020  
very creative!
August 12th, 2020  
Wow!!how long does it take to do one of these?? Once you've found the pictures!
August 12th, 2020  
@30pics4jackiesdiamond hugely variable! i often change out backgrounds, and faff about inordinately with colour and light and texture, so it can take ages. but i like to play about with it, get it to a certain point and then go off and let it percolate. sometimes i get an idea while i'm away from it that really helps. occasionally it's done rather quickly, but that would be the exception ;)
August 12th, 2020  
@pistache 🤭thank you!!
August 12th, 2020  
wow -mystical wonderland - fav
August 12th, 2020  
Fantastic and fantastical image.
August 12th, 2020  
Wonderfully composed! You're so good in this! Love the atmosphere you've created! Fav :)
August 12th, 2020  
magical
August 12th, 2020  
Such a wonderful composite
August 12th, 2020  
There was a woman from Australia on here when I first started who also had the talent of pulling together photos and creating fanciful landscapes scattered with people or animals and sometimes wonky houses! You have the same mad skills she did and I really love the wonky houses so please don't feel obligated to stop! fav!!!!
August 12th, 2020  
Fav. You’re so clever.
August 12th, 2020  
Weirdly good! Such software editing skills you have. I might once have been able to edit images in the chemical darkroom but the digital one holds no interest for me. Unfortunately I can't entirely avoid it ifI wish too say on 365 !
August 12th, 2020  
@olivetreeann thank you ann :) your australian friend and i may have got along well! i keep wanting to do something less fanciful and more grounded in reality, but also surreal, if that makes sense - hopefully i'll get there eventually
August 13th, 2020  
@davidlostphojo thank you david. i think the chemical darkroom would have been totally beyond me. i love being able to take a macro image of a flower and leave it pretty much straight out of camera, as well as creating the above, and everything in between ;)
August 13th, 2020  
Fabulous, as usual!
August 13th, 2020  
@pistache I don't think she's on here anymore but her name is Lyn Todd. You may also like the fantasy work of this photographer who spoke at our photo club last year
https://bonniemccaffery.com/photography/

The one thing I really took away from her presentation was collecting your own textures (pools of water in brooks etc., clouds in the sky and so on- anything generic that could be used for a number of applications) and also collecting interesting accessories (like lamps, flowers, tea pots all kinds of things- especially those featuring light). She also collected settings- a forest, a staircase, a tree- all the components of a good composite. While she's dealing mostly with fantasy shots for clients, all those pieces work for any kind of composite work- especially your fanciful productions!
August 14th, 2020  
This is charming and I love the sentiment.
August 15th, 2020  
@olivetreeann i found her on facebook and really like her stuff. also bonnie! thank you. yes for a while i've keyworded landscapes, houses, people, animals, structures & textures that i think might be useful in a composite and then they're quick to find, rather than my old method: 'hmmm i think maybe in 2018, maybe in the spring, maybe in france, i might have taken that picture of the old dog in the street that i could use ...' thanks so much for your interest and support :)
August 15th, 2020  
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