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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.

Andy

Camera:Canon EOS 5D MKII
Lens:Canon - Various
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:EXCALIBUR
Username:andy210966 andy210966
Uploaded:12 Dec 2010 - 7:07 AM
Tags:Digital art, Digitally manipulated, Landscape / travel, Stones, Sunset, Sword
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Alan_Coles
12 Dec 2010 - 7:15 AM

The legend of manipulation strikes again...cracking stuff Andy! Smile

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jabe
jabe  3 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2010 - 7:41 AM

A nice picture,you have good imagination,i look forwards to your work in the new year, and hope to learn something from you.

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Trout_Man
Trout_Man  5 Wales30 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2010 - 7:57 AM

Nice to view this one large Andy, 2nd time `round, really like this creation, make a cracking bill board poster Smile Geoff.

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davey_griffo
12 Dec 2010 - 8:20 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

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.

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2010 - 8:36 AM

this is stunning cracking work nice one Wink
andy

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andy210966
12 Dec 2010 - 8:44 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

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.

Andy

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2010 - 9:04 AM

funny this is what popped into my head when i first saw the sword. just needs the ghostly lady of the lake Smile lesley

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andy210966
12 Dec 2010 - 9:08 AM

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!

Andy

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2010 - 9:43 AM

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.

Dougie

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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
12 Dec 2010 - 10:19 AM

Terrific image.

Len

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2010 - 10:36 AM

much looking to find my preference, and its not happened yet Tongue 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 Smile lesley

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focused-photography

V1 for me....great work.

Carsten

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Alvar
Alvar  7 France2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2010 - 11:38 AM

Great composition and idea Andy
Alvar

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2010 - 1:31 PM

Beautifully atmospheric Andy, especially V1; I'm looking forward to the series!
Rende

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2010 - 2:02 PM

I like V2 but like you said it's lacking something mystical/magical which typifies Arthurian Legend - so for me V1 Smile Can't wait to see more of these Andy!

Sarah *

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Andrew_Hurley
12 Dec 2010 - 3:08 PM

Superb image, very imaginative and well processed.

Andrew.

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bombolini
bombolini  6 Northern Ireland
12 Dec 2010 - 3:25 PM

Both are fantastic but V1 that bit more. Bombolini

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soulofharmony
12 Dec 2010 - 3:53 PM

V1 for me , Gives it ethereal beauty & makes it spiritual mysterious

Truly beautiful Andy


Nikki ! x

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franken
franken e2 Member 113059 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2010 - 4:06 PM

Excellent work here.

Ken

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Roly
Roly  7 Wales
12 Dec 2010 - 4:08 PM

Its good,like it.

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2010 - 4:10 PM

well for my twopennorth I like it but find it difficult to choose the favourite

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beckas
beckas  10 United States1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2010 - 5:30 PM

Fantastic manip!

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BillyGoatGruff
BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2010 - 6:12 PM

There's your RC, Andy!

Nice work.

Bill

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Suehh
Suehh e2 Member 739 forum postsSuehh vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2010 - 6:15 PM

Great stuff! Looking forward to the series.

Sue

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fatherpie
fatherpie  6 England12 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2010 - 7:23 PM

Both work well but v1 has that extra something I think.
FP
ps - just caught up with last weeks postings from you - some fabulous work

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6212 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2010 - 9:29 PM

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!
Sylvia

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osie
osie  3 United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2010 - 10:03 PM

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... Smile

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2010 - 6:15 AM

nice creation Andy, and prefer v2.

regards
Yung

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2010 - 8:46 AM

This one really is special ... Fab work by you

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Great image Andy - V1 for me

Chris

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davey_griffo
14 Dec 2010 - 12:43 PM

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. Smile

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2010 - 12:02 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

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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