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10/06/2011 - 10:30 PM

Experimental 2

Experimental 2Again, I like the dark dramatic effect you've gone for and achieved here, but the darkest areas are just that bit too dark and lacking in detail. I don't know if you've got to grips with layer masks but with these you can put a brighter layer over the top, turn it invisible, and with a light soft brush bring back hints of detail just in the areas you need them.
Stick with CS5 though, it's not all that different from CS3 (I recently made that switch myself) but a lot of the things it does it does so much better. To get the best out of it I think it's well worth investing in a book. I find the Scott Kelby ones helpful and easy to follow.
Don't stop experimenting though. Just look how much more flair, drama and originality your processed version has over the original.

Eric
26/11/2010 - 12:27 PM

Poppy Art

Poppy ArtHi Osie, you have certainly taken this idea and made it very much your own. I like the choice of a poppy as your colour splash and the shape you have chosen adds interest, however the success of a minimalist composition such as this is entirely dependant on where the weight falls and this feels a bit top heavy to me. I would drop the main poppy down to the level of the two little ones (keeping the picture shape the same) then lose the two little ones which I feel are a bit of a distraction.
The other suggestion I have is more technical but you may find it useful. You have used Drop Shadow or Outer Glow to surround your 'vase' shape, I find this horribly restrictive to work with and a bit mechanical in appearance. Try making a black copy of your shape on its own layer underneath the white one and adding a lot of gaussian blur. This gives you complete control over your shadow allowing you to move it, distort it and even rub it out where you might not want it (like maybe under the table).

I wouldn't normally be so critical of a piece of creative work... but you did ask. Smile But when all is said and done it is your choices that make it your picture and you have ideas in here that make me want to return to the subject afresh, so cheers for that.

Eric
18/11/2010 - 6:48 PM

where the stars don't shine

where the stars don't shineIt's a weird and idiosyncratic image so normal standards of crit don't really apply. To get natural looking HDR you need to start with natural looking images... which is clearly not the case here so for goodness sake stop worrying about that. As for the skew, it's a weird pic made even weirder by the angle so straightening it would be a sin.
The bottom line is that even if you don't know what you're doing in some areas, you do always know when you 've got an image and that's the most useful talent of all.

Eric
18/02/2010 - 11:55 PM

Never Ending Fun

Never Ending FunMeticulous and beautifully crafted as always Dave but there's something wrong here. I think the way these are apparently lying on flat ground forces the eye to try and rationalise what it's seeing in a way that wasn't necessary in your previous image. It's a great looking, colourful picture but to me it doesn't feel wrong in quite the right way. Smile

Eric
18/01/2010 - 11:12 PM

Golden chair

Golden chairI like the way this gives the impression that the chair is in a state of flux and at any moment could melt into a big golden puddle. There is a little bit of stray light across the back leg though that really needs taking out. Your watch perhaps?
This has a great look though and the sympathetic colour of the background makes this a very pleasing image. It would make a fine poster.

Eric
12/01/2010 - 4:16 PM

Adam in Eden

Adam in EdenHi Bridget. I like the look of your cover and think the grapics work extremely well, but because that part of the image is so crisp and clean I feel the blur on the figure doesn't fit in. It's not a problem where you are indicating movement but the feet and right side should be better defined in my opinon. I don't know if you have drawn the graphics yourself but if you are it would be great if the figure started as a drawing at the bottom and merged into the photo as it went up. Just an idea.

Eric
18/09/2009 - 6:18 PM

High Wire Mouse II

High Wire Mouse III love this image, it has so much more life than the sepia version with the added blur. If possible I'd like to see the blur on the rope in this version removed as well, it feels wrong in view of the fact that the more distant marquee is still in focus.
Such a lively, fun image though.

Eric
10/09/2009 - 3:44 PM

Bad hair day

Bad hair dayThis is a tremendous image. The wet hair shapes are interesting on their own but the hidden profile and the hint of an eye make this something really special for me. I think the abstract balance you have achieved is spot on too.

Eric
26/06/2009 - 11:06 PM

Roughting Linn

Roughting LinnI like your square crop here and the way you have used the vertical and diagonals to make the most of the abstract qualities of this image. But what makes this for me is that you have dared to keep it dark which has made the most of the textures and given it depth and drama.
A splendid shot.

Eric
17/05/2009 - 11:50 PM

Ferry

FerryIt is a harsh treatment you have subjected this picture to and in the darker areas it gives an interesting effect. Unfortunately where the light areas of the ferry bleed into the sky you lose all suggestion of form and the image as a whole can't survive this.
As you have this in RAW you should find it possible to get this sort of effect and keep a feel for the shape of the vessel.

Regards

Eric
11/05/2009 - 11:35 PM

Castle Arches

Castle ArchesIt looks to me as if you have applied too much of everything here. The overall effect looks oversharpened but there are also areas that appear blurred or smudged.
I think the trick to evaluating software like this is to apply it to a separate layer above your previous best version and then flip between the two to see what you have gained and what you have lost. My guess here is that you have gained texture at the expense of depth and tone.

Eric
05/03/2009 - 4:33 PM

The Old Church

The Old ChurchThis is an extremely effective image, however I think the amount of blur you have added is a touch too much to be convincing (a little less blur and a touch of desaturation in this area shold get the same effect) and the masking where it ends, particularly around the small wall, needs a bit more work.
I only mention this because I think you potentially have a very fine picture here.

Eric
10/02/2009 - 11:32 AM

gemini

geminiThis is a very striking image and I like it very much indeed but I think the colour in the corners pulls the eye away too much.

Eric
27/01/2009 - 10:55 PM

Threes

ThreesI very much like the look of this (V1 in particular) but I think it would be far more satisfying if the two outer leaves were moved in closer to the center one while leaving the canvas size the same. More concentrated action in the middle while leaving more room to breathe.

Eric
27/05/2008 - 12:53 AM

Grad Fun

Grad FunAn interesting contrast between the bleak image and the warm tones, which is accentuated by the dramatic crop.

Eric