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This is a shot i originally added as a variant on my "Sinister" image from a while back. I was reading through a thread on the forum relating to texturing images yesterday and there was lots of useful information.
This is my attempt to add textures to this image. Does it work?
Original shot is HERE

Thanks for looking Smile

Gary

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:Canon 24-105
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Reaper
Username:Codiac Codiac
Uploaded:14 Jul 2010 - 9:30 AM
Tags:Dark hedges, Digitally manipulated, General, Moody, Reaper, Spooky
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faraidoon
faraidoon  6 Afghanistan
14 Jul 2010 - 9:35 AM

nice one,

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HobbitDave
HobbitDave Plus Member 6HobbitDave vcard 1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2010 - 9:38 AM

Excellent work!
Dave.

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AlleyCatz
AlleyCatz  9274 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2010 - 9:50 AM

Excellent Gary....would make a great album/book cover.


ATB Smile


~Alley~

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Cormy
Cormy  7 England
14 Jul 2010 - 10:08 AM

Very imaginative creation.Works very well indeed.
Cheers
Alan

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DaveU
DaveU  91344 forum posts England121 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2010 - 10:15 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Does it work?

Yes and no IMO Gary. The quality of light in the tree branches was better, more subtle in the original version. But I think that the reaper himself, his shadow and indeed the whole of the foreground works better in this version ..... more stylised and suiting of the subject matter.

How about applying a layer mask to the texture layer and running a vertical grad up it to fade the opacity of the texture towards the top of the image. Worth a play methinks.

Fine image though ..... plenty of atmosphere.

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CliveA
CliveA  9 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2010 - 10:20 AM

I like your first rendering Gary. The absence of the puddle in this is a shame as it gave a good depth to the picture in my opinion. All said, this is a fine job.
That Mandleson gets everywhere this week !
Clive

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Richsr Plus Member 890 forum postsRichsr vcard England215 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2010 - 10:55 AM

Works for me Gary, good framing with the trees and the light is very atmospheric can see why you added the reaper to this.
Regards Richard

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cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2010 - 11:23 AM

i liked the other one but love the overall feel of this one.lesley

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Imagephotographics

Fabulous image - love it !

Chris

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andy210966
14 Jul 2010 - 12:56 PM

Brilliant work!

Andy

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Scottishlandscapes Plus Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2010 - 2:52 PM

Like an illustration from a book. I like Dave's comment too.

Dougie

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Oliverpants
14 Jul 2010 - 3:53 PM

oh yes, this is fabulous, the original was sort of real and brilliant, but this is what nightmares are made of - so very clever. Would make a good book cover. Ann

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Niknut Plus Member 5913 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom64 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2010 - 5:08 PM

The origonal version is superb, but this new version stands up well on it's own....very creepy !!

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carmenfuchs
14 Jul 2010 - 5:13 PM

both versions are fantastic. =)

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dmhuynh72 Plus Member 735 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2010 - 5:14 PM

Superb,I like even better than the original Gary.
regards
Ynug

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Eviscera
Eviscera  81110 forum posts United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
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Still a magical image Gary.

imho , The texture has enhanced certain parts but the "apparent" lens flare orange on the tree rhs is a slight distraction.

The images success is how it draws the viewer to the figure , the depth , but the flare stops you a third into that viewing.

Perhaps re-scaling the texture so its out of frame would be an idea.

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Codiac
Codiac  8333 forum posts Northern Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2010 - 1:25 AM

Thanks very much for all the comments on this one, ill take on board some of the good suggestions. Smile

Gary

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Codiac
Codiac  8333 forum posts Northern Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2010 - 1:26 AM

Thanks very much Jeanie for your award, very much appreciated Smile

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PatrickCampbell
23 Jul 2010 - 10:05 AM

Album cover Gary! Works really well, moody and foreboding.

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