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Dave (Isle of Skye)

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Scanning Rocks
« on: April 08, 2020, 07:28:22 am »

Hi all,

Flew all the way down to Sydney Australia a few years back and ended up touring all the way up to Cairns (which was tropically hot) and when walking around a sort of makeshift market in the hills at the back of Cairns, I came across this dusty old guy selling discarded rocks from one of the local mines and thought, ooh I like that one. So I bought it from him for a few dollars with the intent to perhaps one day scanning it into Photoshop using a very high resolution to bring out its detail. Anyhoo, some three years later and after never doing anything with it, I find myself sat here twiddling my thumbs yet again and so I finally set it up and scanned it in to PS and immediately thought wow, what a beautiful thing it turned out to be at this magnification.

But enough of my waffle, as I am more interested in what you think of it - and I find that if I stare into the image full screen for a short while, then my imagination starts to see all sort of things hidden within it - well mine does anyway..

Dave
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Re: Scanning Rocks
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2020, 07:34:07 am »

Yes, this is definitely my kind of photo. Great work Dave.
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Re: Scanning Rocks
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2020, 08:29:27 am »

Really nice strong image.  A good find,
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Re: Scanning Rocks
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2020, 08:38:38 am »

Really nice strong image.  A good find,

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Re: Scanning Rocks
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2020, 09:42:10 am »

Thanks everyone, glad you have enjoyed looking at it  :)

..and as the old saying goes 'the devil will always finds work for idle hands' or something similar  ;)

Dave
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« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2020, 11:17:45 am »

A great find.

The image would make a great wall mural.
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« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2020, 12:12:37 pm »

Really nice strong image.  A good find,

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Re: Scanning Rocks
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2020, 05:43:35 am »

Looks like a nice conglomerate, even with some opaline clasts.

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« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2020, 10:24:27 am »

A great find.

The image would make a great wall mural.

Thanks Eric and my wife agrees with you  ;)

Looks like a nice conglomerate, even with some opaline clasts.

Ah Paulo, you obviously know something about rock types and geology?

Thanks again everyone and isn't it amazing what the old creative urge thing can make you do when you are bored????

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Re: Scanning Rocks
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2020, 11:17:24 am »

A touch of Gustav Klimt
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« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2020, 11:58:10 am »

A touch of Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. Klimt is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and other objects d'art.

Thanks Ken, I had never even heard of the guy, but now I am going to have to dig around online to see what I can find out about his work, which as you say, my scanned rock image does look very similar to - thanks mate  ;)

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Re: Scanning Rocks
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2020, 04:42:55 pm »

A touch of Gustav Klimt

Thanks Ken, the five words you posted above have just cost me 4 each, because after searching around a little, I then had to go and buy his book for 20 didn't I?  ::)

But on the up side, I did manage to bag the last new one for sale at just under 20, so it could have so easily ended up costing me 9 a word, as the next available new one is selling at 45  ;)

Dave
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« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2020, 07:45:53 pm »

Klimt is well worth it. I've seen two exhibits of his work one in NYC and one in Boston. They are just breathtaking.
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Re: Scanning Rocks
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2020, 05:10:08 pm »

I love it, Dave. How fortunate you were to come across something like this; and you have rendered it well.
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Re: Scanning Rocks
« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2020, 03:27:25 pm »

Beautiful. Looks like one of the Aboriginal Dreamtime paintings.
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« Reply #15 on: April 17, 2020, 03:39:02 pm »

Beautiful. Looks like one of the Aboriginal Dreamtime paintings.

Great observation, praja343.  Makes you think, doesn't it, about the inspiration for those paintings?

Thanks for this, Dave.  Great story, great results.  Especially the high cost of Klimt entry at four quid a word.  :)
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« Reply #16 on: April 17, 2020, 11:48:32 pm »

Very nice abstract.
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Re: Scanning Rocks
« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2020, 02:22:34 pm »

I love it, Dave. How fortunate you were to come across something like this; and you have rendered it well.

Thanks Arlen  :)

Beautiful. Looks like one of the Aboriginal Dreamtime paintings.

Yes my thoughts exactly. Because as soon as I'd scanned it and then brought it up on screen, I thought well, that looks just so Australian.

We did also buy a couple of (small) Aboriginal paintings while we there, as the prices were just a little beyond our budget for the larger works which were all beautiful btw and which did seem to have a lot of similarities in design to this rock structure, so who knows, it might indeed have been rocks like this that were the original inspiration for this style of art.

I now wish I had bought more if I could, but then when I start to remember as I was scanning across the table were he had all his rocks on display, that there wasn't anything else there that looked anything like this particular specimen, so perhaps I just dropped lucky and found this is a 'one off' piece, although it does have another side to it, which is no where near as detailed, but perhaps worth another look I think.

Thanks again everyone  ;)

Dave
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