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Good Morning All
Many thanks for the comments and critiques on yestdays upload very much appreciated.
Today - EXCALIBUR
The first in a set of 'Arthurian Legend' themed pictures which I will be posting next year.
The legend of manipulation strikes again...cracking stuff Andy!
A nice picture,you have good imagination,i look forwards to your work in the new year, and hope to learn something from you.
Nice to view this one large Andy, 2nd time `round, really like this creation, make a cracking bill board poster Geoff.
I take it that the rock & the sword were put into the sunset? They are a little sharp, as compared to the soft focus background.
What also makes them stand out is the halo around the left side. I realise you were probably trying to make that side light, to mimic the sun's direction, but the lightening has gone onto the background water.
The right lower corner of the rock doean't meet the water. It looks suspended above it.
Clever interpretation though.
this is stunning cracking work nice one
Thanks for the comment Dave! Everything is deliberate.
The horizon is Out of Focus ( not Soft Focus) and bleeds into focus the closer to the subject the backround becomes, this is used to create a Depth of Field to the image and to focus the eye on the subject.
The 'halo' is sun glow and is an interpretation of reflected sunlight off of the surfaces facing the sun and because it is a 'glow' it would bleed over more distant surfaces.
The rock does meet the water as the reflection dictates- I didn't want just a lump sticking out of the surface - this Erratic from Snowdonia had a great shape and I wanted to maintain as much as I could so there is no reason why a small overhang wouldn't appear above the surface.
Really appreciate your comments and I hope I have explained the reasons why I presented the image in this way.
funny this is what popped into my head when i first saw the sword. just needs the ghostly lady of the lake lesley
A Version 2 has been posted without the Glow and the Backround in focus - I think it lacks the feel of the original, but I could be wrong!
Prefer V2 Andy but I hear what you say about the original, it tends to be that way when you do something and somebody else changes the feel by their thoughts and seeing it differently to yourself.
I do like the clean almost poster feel to V2. Great idea and I now look forward to the rest of your ideas.
much looking to find my preference, and its not happened yet v1 without the glow round the stone and sword. the effect in the title really gives it a poster feel. looking forward to the next one lesley
V1 for me....great work.
Great composition and idea Andy
Beautifully atmospheric Andy, especially V1; I'm looking forward to the series!
I like V2 but like you said it's lacking something mystical/magical which typifies Arthurian Legend - so for me V1 Can't wait to see more of these Andy!
Superb image, very imaginative and well processed.
Both are fantastic but V1 that bit more. Bombolini
V1 for me , Gives it ethereal beauty & makes it spiritual mysterious
Truly beautiful Andy
Nikki ! x
Excellent work here.
Its good,like it.
well for my twopennorth I like it but find it difficult to choose the favourite
There's your RC, Andy!
Great stuff! Looking forward to the series.
Both work well but v1 has that extra something I think.
ps - just caught up with last weeks postings from you - some fabulous work
Terrific work Andy - love the rich full-blooded tones of V1 together with the effects. Am really looking forward to your next series as I am addicted to anything in connection with the Arthurian Legends!
Another Great Piece Andy...I would NOT change a thing in either...You have placed everything perfectly...the only thing I find difficult with these images, is deciding witch I like the most...I look forward to the rest of the book...! Great work indeed... Excelento...
nice creation Andy, and prefer v2.
This one really is special ... Fab work by you
Great image Andy - V1 for me
I see what you mean, the BG has lost something.
I agree with Lesley (Cassiecat), if you could do V1 but with less glow like V2, it'd be spot on.
Sorry if I've caused you grief.
I like this very much but I don't buy your explanation of the glow. Yes, the sword reflects sunlight at all angles but we only see the light that's reflected towards our eyes, unless there's haze in the atmosphere that's scattering light. If the glow was scattered light from haze, the glow would also continue down the full left side of the stone, not stop where the sea gets darker — after all, the whole of the rock is lit by the sun, which is above the horizon with nothing between it and the stone to cast shade.
Having said that, I rather like the glow, which I read as a magical aura type thing that's entirely appropriate to the subject.
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