Green Combustion

My 'phojo' has been missing all day - it's nowhere to be found... so this is what you get today!

As I view this now, it looks as if I simply laid the match and the mint leaf on a piece of paper and photographed them from above - perhaps I should have done... it would certainly have been easier. What I actually did was to embed the match on a fine needle which was held in a clip; the mint leaf was impaled on another needle passed through the head of the match. In processing, I deleted all the extraneous items and modified the size and position of the leaf until it looked more like a flame... and made the match 'green' of course. This done, the only two items in the image looked a little 'lost' so I added a colour matched border to contain them... two borders in fact - one each! In retrospect, I should have had a hand holding the match rather than it being a disembodied object.

I gave this way more time than it deserved, but it's not all bad - I learned a couple of new tricks in PS ;-)
Well this is fun!:)
posted April 29th, 2015  
For missing phojo, this is a brilliant outcome. If you happen to find your phojo, could you see if mine's hiding with it.
posted April 29th, 2015  
How clever!
posted April 29th, 2015  
Very creative
posted April 29th, 2015  
You certainly deserve a FAV for all you went through to capture this photo. Actually, I think it's very clever.
posted April 29th, 2015  
It's spring, things are coming to life. My phojo took a long winters nap and wants to play. But it is almost may and as wonderfully clever as this is I can't help thinking this mint leaf would be better off in a mint julep. Anyone got a hat to lend me. But keep playing because it is fascinating to see and haven seen both your work is amazing (and fascinating should not read interesting).
posted April 29th, 2015  
Very cool image! And wow - that sounds like a LOT of work!
posted April 29th, 2015  
Nice design.
posted April 29th, 2015  
Very clever for someone who's phojo has vanished
posted April 29th, 2015  
So nice light and airy :)
posted April 29th, 2015  
I think the frame is so necessary in this shot! I love the simplicity in it!
posted April 29th, 2015  
Beautifully composed and so creative.
posted April 29th, 2015  
Excellent project with great results.
posted April 29th, 2015  
I think you found it! Fabulous! fav
posted April 29th, 2015  
Some of my worst pics are where I learned the most.
posted April 29th, 2015  
Clever and cool!fav!
posted April 29th, 2015  
Great imagination and execution, brilliant:)
posted April 29th, 2015  
You definitely get points for effort and you learned some new tricks in PS!
posted April 29th, 2015  
This turned out great!
posted April 29th, 2015  
Well done...the green and white are crisp looking...I would never have the patience to do this type of setup
posted April 29th, 2015  
My daughter was scrolling through, as I braided her hair... she wants me to say that she loves this. For me, now that I carefully scrutinize it, this is totally cool. My goals for this year are PS and editing, so many hands clapping for you. :)
posted April 29th, 2015  
Very clever.
posted April 29th, 2015  
Very creative!
posted April 29th, 2015  
Love this creative shot. A Fav
posted April 29th, 2015  
Wow - all that effort certainly deserves a fav!
posted April 29th, 2015  
Well I like it!
posted April 29th, 2015  
Imaginative and innovative.
posted April 29th, 2015  
So simple but so stunning
posted April 29th, 2015  
Simple, clean and stunning. Love itI @rosiekerr My 15 year old daughter also scrolls through the pictures as I am looking at them and makes the occasional comment. She worries about @graemestevens ALOT!
posted April 29th, 2015  
@motherjane No need to worry. I'm under control at all times.
posted April 29th, 2015  
Very cool and creative. I especially like the framing.
posted April 29th, 2015  
Well think it's fun and creative and and very deceptive. It's one of those shots that looks simple but if you try to replicate it you run into all sorts of problems.
posted April 29th, 2015  
This is one of the most creative shots I've seen around in a long time. brilliant! fav and congrats on the PP
posted April 29th, 2015  
Haha! Love it!
posted April 29th, 2015  
Look elegant.
posted April 29th, 2015  
That's a lot of work for no phojo. I agree, on paper would have been easier but like you said you learnt things. So all in all the effort was not lost. I find it somewhat calming ... must be the green influence.
posted April 29th, 2015  
Stunning minimalism and a huge fav. I can tell you put hours of work into this image and it was worth it!
posted April 29th, 2015  
Too clever, Richard .... and I should point out that you have pleased some punters with it! In the hope of keeping/getting back my phojo I propose the less extreme step of taking a break! :-) I will watch out for your pinhole shots while doing so!
posted April 29th, 2015  
Simply, brilliant.
posted April 29th, 2015  
I certainly enjoyed reading about your adventures (seems to absolve me somehow of the time I "waste" fiddling with photos on the computer just for fun); you did get nice lighting on that leaf (maybe that's a consolation for the trouble).
posted April 29th, 2015  
brilliant ... fav
posted April 29th, 2015  
I am with you on the lack of phojo. But you overcame quite well. I like the outcome.
posted April 29th, 2015  
Very creative
posted April 29th, 2015  
really cool fav!
posted April 29th, 2015  
Excellent shot Richard. So very simple but eye catching FAV.
posted April 29th, 2015  
So very cool! Such imagination!
posted April 29th, 2015  
Very creative shot!
posted April 29th, 2015  
Beautifull inspired!
posted April 29th, 2015  
Clever.....
posted April 29th, 2015  
Very creative and artistic. I love it Richard
posted April 29th, 2015  
I think it is well worth all your time and effort.
posted April 30th, 2015  
Awesome, if that didn't make popular then there is no justice.
posted April 30th, 2015  
fav!
posted May 1st, 2015  
a very creative concept / composition.
posted May 11th, 2015  
Love it!! Fav!
posted May 5th, 2016  
Witzige Idee! Hervorragende umsetzung! Fav
posted May 21st, 2016  
Very creative and clever processing!
posted January 28th, 2017  
@northy Well thank you Myra... but I confess to being a little puzzled as to how you come to be commenting on an image that I posted almost two years ago. Not complaining... just intrigued ;-))
posted January 28th, 2017  
@vignouse ha! didn't even look at the date... i was trolling thru the browse sections of the site and decided to peek in at the "who to follow" page (something i never do)... you were there as was this image and the thumbnail intrigued me :)
posted January 28th, 2017  
@northy Oh right, I never look at that page either... and you did, in fact, comment on this image first time round!
posted January 28th, 2017  
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