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Thanks for the comments. I think these are artsy on the whole but there are random scribblings that seem to me like mindless vandalism too. Then again, sometimes art is what you make of it, so random scribbling today might become tomorrow's "art" under a new social lens. Who knows!
Thanks for the credits. You could have also enabled Modifications on the original image from the Options menu for the image, and others would have been able to come up with their modification. You could have also uploaded this as a second version of the same image.
Nice idea here, simple but effective to send across a "rememberance" message. I even like how the poppy is not upright and sort of simulates the "fallen", at least in my mind.
I too think that the pier would look better if flipped, but I went a step further and introduced an S-curve in the image, by flipping only the bottom part of the image (pier and sea). The shape of the cloud and the pier create an "S" shape in the form of highlights in the image, and I find this adds a bit of movement to the image.
Went for a square crop and some heavy modifications, just to propose something different which might work as well. Also added a bit of wall on the right to avoid the black void that is present at the moment.
Haha... thanks for the comments. It does show I got married - I'm barely active around here any more, sorry guys. Need to get back in the game but I'm still settling down to it all. I might upload a good macro some time later if the pic turned out right. I was visited by a small dragonfly-ish insect early this morning before heading out to work...
Gets my UA. Haven't been here in a while as it's been very busy at home for me lately, however as soon as I saw this I immediately loved the character and went "wow!". Hence, the UA, well deserved. Keep 'em coming.
The wall should be white, it was dark as I was putting in the shadow. This was climbing around behind me as I was ironing and I couldn't resist the temptation of shooting. As regards ISO, I shot it up to compensate for the low lighting. The room only has one CFL and I have as yet not bought a ring-flash for lighting up these buggers.
Hehe, I like your mod cats. I didn't notice how dark it was prior to uploading and didn't edit this at all. I'll probably upload a Before/After variant later after some tweaking to the original image. I think the upload is SOOC in fact.
Thanks Colleen, that was quick. It's a fairly easy technique once you start finding subjects. Try walking amongst the crowds, locate still people (typically taking a picture, checking mobile phone, reading a map, etc) and ensure you have a slow shutter speed of around 1/5th to 1/20th of a second. You're likely going to get this kind of shot. Stay as steady as possible though - you don't want to introduce shake to the image. My images show this too if you look at the "still" guys. At 1/6th it's really hard to get it fully still even with IS on.