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I'm not quite sure how to process this bird. In CS4, add clarity to the body and less clarity on the features to give it surreal effect? Any other ideas.
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Quote: I'm not quite sure how to process this bird. In CS4, add clarity to the body and less clarity on the features to give it surreal effect?
Actually I think your photo, just as it stands, has a slightly surreal effect.
A different effect and mood to the picture could be achieved by increasing contrast, and toning down the brightness, by a combination of levels, curves and the shadows/highlights tool. I've uploaded a mod for you as an example. Hope that helps a bit.
I like it just fine as it is, Its better in my mind for being lighter
i find it strange to look at, it's a beautiful image, but just white, hmm, don't know!!!
Nice image, nice crop. My mod just brightens and shaprnes the head. Why not try three processes and present it as a tryptych?
Wow, certainly a subject worth photographing, and makes a refreshing change from types of bird we have all seen before!
In terms of the clarity and sharpness, I feel it falls a little awkwardly between the two - I think something as delicate and detailed as this needs to either be quite blurred and dreamy-looking, or as pin-sharp across the image, rather than a mix of the two.
Compositionally, I feel uncomfortable with the slightly off-centred and half-show approach. I would personally have either had the bird's body bang in the horizontal centre or placed it according to the rule of thirds - the position chosen is neither one nor the other.
I also feel it should have been cropped at the base of the bird's body or shown the whole body (legs included) and again, not somewhere in between, for a more "comfortable" image to result. But minor gripes on a great image!! :o)
Its difficult to comment on what surreal means, - as its different to everyone.
Ive loaded what this means to me with this image.
I suggest you experiment with filters, distortions, etc and see what comes out of it.
banehawi - Well, that's surreal.
All, Yes, I'm experimenting with filters, distortion and the like. It is great to get the suggestions everyone has provided. It does show how subjective this can be. Thanks for all the comments.
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