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Otherworldly Frodo... 
21st-Oct-2006 09:36 pm
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The wonderful Mechtild has posted the latest in her series of screencaps taken from the extra documentary film on the latest LOTR release...the shots she has posted are just beautiful, even though almost all of them are slightly out of focus, shaky and have blurred strands of Shelob's lair web across the front of the picture...no matter, in my opinion, this just adds to their air of quickly snapped opportunities, done on the spur of the moment, and capturing the sense of ethereality that Elijah Wood gave to the character of Frodo...

This is one of her original shots ...

Hearing some of the initial comments on her post, this inspired me to take a couple of the best and play with them in my Paint-Shop-Pro 8 programme...you have to understand that this function of my computer is almost solely confined to picture editing, and sometimes designing prints for fabrics etc...and so manipulating pictures in this way isn't my forte...however, it was fun !! 



The first one was this moody shot of a pensive Elijah, off set, and waiting for the crew to get their act together, to do the next shot...I thought that this just asked for a little meteor-like addition...

A sunburst effect, from the edge of the strand of spider's web, just makes it look like a comet streaking around his head...
 The next picture I decided to try out was this :-

Almost the same picture, and practically the same expression, but with less of a streak across his face...

The sunburst came from a different direction this time :-
A little lightened, and les contrasty...and he looks as if he is from a different world indeed...

How about a little watery-ripple  reflection ...

Very reflective indeed...he could be Narcissus, gazing at himself in the pool...

So I then decided to experiment with a graininess like an impressionist painting, or maybe a fresco-like surface, all stony and crumbling :-
Very strange indeed...
So finally, after fiddling about with these, I gave him a little soft focus respite...bless 'im !!

It's truly amazing how much endless variation there can be when it comes to soft focus...how much halo, how much latitude, how much roundness, how dark, how pale...say what ???!!! Endless hours of fun !!

I hope you enjoy these, and by all means take them, if you like them enough !! They might make good icons reduced down a little..




21st-Oct-2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
Oooh, those are really cool, Wendy. May I add a link to your page in the entry? Actually, I focussed these shots quite a lot, as well as brightening them.

You're not in the design business for nothing!

P.S. I'm pleased to know you looked at these, by the way. You haven't commented on the manips or screencaps for months, and I thought you had lost all interest!
21st-Oct-2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
Oh yes...please do give 'em a link...and you will be ecstatic to know that I lurk...in a most unseemly manner !! I do indeed, go and take a peek at whetever you are doing, and I haven't lost interest at all...it's just that often, after a hard day's work, all I have energy and time for is a quick look before dinner, and thus the commenting goes out the window...better at weekends though !!
Right now, I am all alone for two whole weeks, as Adam has gone to China, for a friend's wedding...this is the holiday I couldn't have, and I am gutted I didn't get to go !! ( Operational requirements at work !! )Anyway, it does mean that I have more time for LJ at the mo'...

Honeyelf flew into London today, and will be coming with me to see "Bobby" next Friday, along with Brummie, and Opaline from KD, and Jewelsong from TORC, who lives here now...and so we will both be posting reviews of this, the latest of Elijah's work...

Stay tuned !!
21st-Oct-2006 10:42 pm (UTC)
I am really quite jealous about the get-together you soon will be having.

I shall post the link straight away, then!

And enjoy your time alone, even if you didn't get to go to China. It may get old after a while, but personally I always love a few days with the house to myself.
21st-Oct-2006 11:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, I have found that this is a good time for getting things done that I don't usually have time for... like fiddling with Frodo...like playing around with LJ layouts etc...
My Fashion Journal is looking quite fab !!
21st-Oct-2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
Wendy, these are GORGEOUS. :):):):)

I love the meteorburst, but the soft focus is divine. :):):):):)

Otherworldly indeed. Le happy sigh!
21st-Oct-2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
I am very glad to create something with Frodo in it at last !! Doesn't happen very often, but when it does, look out !!

Snag 'em if you like, by all means...I think the secret with these picture editing programmes is definitely tiny, tiny adjustments, as the scale of variation is absolutely massive...and the default settings appear to be right at the wrong end of whatever it is that you want, which means that often you try something and it looks horrendous straightaway...always it's " Oh my God - turn it down, turn it down"...so the dial goes down from 100 to about 10, and suddenly, everything looks dreamy and soft, or gritty and interesting !!
I was well taken with the sunburst effect, I must say, and the meteor effect is a combination of sunburst, from a different direction, and combination spotlights, lights from another three directions, which you can adjust, like photographic studio lighting !!
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21st-Oct-2006 11:05 pm (UTC)
Hi Mews,
Glad you like them...take if you want, as they might make good icons, but a credit would be good !!

The watery ripple effect was very hard to get right, so that it didn't look too much like a circular ripple as if a stone had just been dropped in..what I was going for was that Narcissus effect !!

21st-Oct-2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
I love the name for it, "the Narcissus effect".

I'll be saving all of these, Wendy. I am never a person who can make up her mind and ends up having something at a luscious buffet - which is what this is.
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22nd-Oct-2006 06:35 am (UTC)
Hi there Chicken,
Oh yes...the Renaissance period would have suited him down to a tee...I think that he has been described as a "Renaissance angel" on more than one occasion...and one reviewer described him as a "Caravaggio angel" which I though summed up Frodo quite nicely !!
Nobody else, in the whole History of Art, has appreciated pretty young boys more than Caravaggio...
22nd-Oct-2006 12:35 am (UTC)
Wow the last one especially is gorgeous!
22nd-Oct-2006 06:39 am (UTC)
Why thank-you...
It was a really pleasant little task, and I learnt a lot in the half hour it took, about the functions of PSP8, than in a month of doing photo-editing !!
...and welcome to my number one little Internet spot...do drop in again !!
22nd-Oct-2006 04:57 am (UTC)

Lovely work, both of you. :)
22nd-Oct-2006 06:40 am (UTC)
Lovely to see you here !!
Thank-you for your kind comment...I think I may experiment again !!
22nd-Oct-2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
It's good to see you, too. I'm very erratic on LJ, but I do peak in now and then--especially when there's such loveliness on display! Cheers.
22nd-Oct-2006 08:31 am (UTC)
Those are all really interesting, I love what you've done with Mechtild's beautiful originals. I particularly like the first one :)
22nd-Oct-2006 08:48 am (UTC)
Hi Trianne,
Oh yes, the first one looks like he has a comet, or somesuch, streaking around his head - very fitting for such a heavenly face !!
22nd-Oct-2006 08:38 am (UTC)
I'm here via mechtild link. Your picture editing is beautiful.
I love all the pics, it's quite impossible to choose amongst them. Thank you for sharing.
22nd-Oct-2006 08:50 am (UTC)
Why thank-you Estelanui,
Mechtild was gracious enough to let me play with her pics, even though I didn't ask first...naughty Wendy !!( She knows me well enough though )
As I said, I may be tempted to have another play today sometime...
22nd-Oct-2006 11:22 am (UTC)
Awww, you added a magical quality to the already gorgeous pics that Mechtild had posted.

I especially love the last one, I still can't believe how beautiful and ethereal Frodo was, thanks to Lij (and I should be accustomed to it, right now, after all these years!).
This still amazes me!

*many hugs*
3rd-Nov-2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
Thank-you, and I know what you mean exactly, about Elijah doing that for Frodo's character!!!

It amazes me too ...
3rd-Nov-2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
Here from mechtild - what beautiful effects! Each makes for a wonderfully different statement. And Elijah's expression there is both limpid, and wonderfully ambiguous, allowing us to 'read in' so much (most of it Frodo'ish, and quite inspirational). Thanks for sharing these.
3rd-Nov-2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
Oh but these are actually not nearly as good as your own masterpieces that you did for various stories...you'll be pleased to know that they're the only manips I have ever saved from anyone else !! I particularly liked the Frodo in Thought one, where he is wearing a creamy-white shirt, against a black background...which picture did you use for the source on that one ?
3rd-Nov-2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, my goodness, you are too kind! Thank you!

I loved Frodo's expression in that; it started as a pic of Casey, and then I played with it... was great fun, and the manips presaged my beginning to draw again after decades! (and I thought I had it as an icon, but must have moved it, drat it!)
3rd-Nov-2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
Oh I just loved it to bits...and the one in your icon here, for "Grafting Roses", if I'm not mistaken, is my other favourite !! Both are absolutely wonderful...I reckon it's because you appear to see exactly the same thing in Frodo as I do !!
3rd-Nov-2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
Dear Frodo... Here's the 'Grafting Roses' one (Frodo, blue, is 'Shire Dreams', not that it really matters - he's lovely wherever, and Elijah has forever gifted my book Frodo with eyes like October skies)
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