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Icon meme [Tuesday 17th November 2009 at 9:55 pm]

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So, over halfway through NaBloPoMo and I've managed to keep up, more or less. I shall celebrate this achievment by posting a meme! (to be fair, I've been sitting on this for half a year)

Found via sarshin: Icon meme!

  1. Reply to this post, and I will pick six of your icons.
  2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
  3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
  4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.

This is my original Tall Ships icon, based on a photomanipulation by cez-metal (many thanks for letting me use it), in turn inspired by the Show of Hands song Tall Ships. The original image was portrait format and didn't really have anything that could be cropped, so I left-aligned it and stuck a solid fill on the right-hand side.

Emptiness. I swiped this from olego many years ago, and use it for the occassional post. Sometimes there isn't anything you want to say with the userpic, though you could also think of it as being a LiveJournal version of 4'33".

The grand secret of how I do all my programming. That's me in there, along with me and me. I made this one back in university - if I remember rightly, a friend had done a clone photo and I decided to one-up him. It's made up of three photos of me layered on a clean background, taken using the self-timer on my camera. The layering isn't perfect: the camera shifted a few pixels between shots needing some careful positioning to line myself up with everything, and I didn't get the shadows right.

Lest we forget.
It's a scan of a British Legion poppy from a few years ago (probably around the same time as the previous photo), with the white background of the scanner replaced with a neutral sky-blue.

On the skyline the tall ships sail by
Bound for London their decks piled high
Fruits of warmer lands
Passing through our hands
So we look for a storm in the sky

This is the much-improved version of the original Tall Ships userpic. To make this I took the full image, and rotated and cropped it to have the ship appear roughly upright and central. Even with that there's still some gaps from the original image (notably the top-right corner), so I added a vignetting effect with a bit of masking. I then used a bit of unsharp to sharpen the detail, though looking back on it it could do with some more sharpening (it's a very fine line between "sharp" and "edgey", and surprisingly hard to achieve). This is my current userpic across all sites that have icon or avatar support.

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[User Picture]From: pleaseremove
Tuesday 17th November 2009 at 10:27 pm (UTC)
You are right, a friend did indeed do one of those clone images first (hint hint).

Also, I never realised your tall ships avatar came from cez!
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Wednesday 18th November 2009 at 9:20 pm (UTC)
Unfortuantly you have a grand total of 1 userpic, so I suppose I must select that one:
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[User Picture]From: olego
Wednesday 18th November 2009 at 10:05 pm (UTC)
Wait, you swiped Emptiness from me? Really? I had that? Wow!
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Wednesday 18th November 2009 at 10:22 pm (UTC)
I believe it was your default userpic when I first got my LiveJournal account (back in the invite-only days)

Anyway, you've only got three userpics, so I shall choose all of them! Plus Emptiness, as it used to be yours.

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