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Please describe your photo here.Wink its been a long time and I apologise for my absence but so many things occurring here you would not believe, I hope to be around more in the future - pic taken back in summer on a river island that is probably submerged now with the recent weather we have been experiencing. Not much variation in the uploads but I am looking for a competition entry AGAINGrin
I trust all is well with my EPZ friends and that you are managing to get out and about.

Do you want critique? Tell us what you are trying to achieve or what sort of advice you are looking for. It's also useful to provide as much EXIF data for the photo (see below).Wink

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix G5
Lens:LUMIX G VARIO 14-42/F3.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:2 Aug 2013 - 12:09 PM
Focal Length:42mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:320
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Lady of the Lake
Username:pluckyfilly pluckyfilly
Uploaded:8 Feb 2014 - 11:18 AM
Tags:Architecture, General, Photo journalism, Raymill Island
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digital_boi
8 Feb 2014 - 11:41 AM

V1 the light is slightly better and good saturation in the greens with a fine reflection

Graham

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2014 - 11:44 AM

A most beautiful sculpture, Ann, so pleasing to the eye, and very well captured. Carol

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Chinga
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8 Feb 2014 - 11:55 AM

Wonderful shots Ann and some lovely green tones! Congratulations! Grin
IB

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
8 Feb 2014 - 12:02 PM

Beautiful sculpture Ann, 3 fine images,
Fred.

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2014 - 12:40 PM

V1 for me.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2014 - 12:40 PM

A lovely statue and reflection. A great set Ann.

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2014 - 12:41 PM

What a beautiful sculpture Smile Nicely captured - with reflections, too Smile Though not much difference in the different versions, it's V1 for me, Ann Wink
Trev Smile

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2014 - 1:46 PM

First Ann, really good to see you back...Grin
and with a lovely image V1 for me, and guess it
will be like the rest of the land..under water as you say
Lillian

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7407 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom999 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2014 - 2:18 PM

Good to see you around!
V1 works best for me, it makes the most of the reflections. I think I might try to lift the shadow slightly on the left (to us) side of her face, to distinguish her from the background. Otherwise quite delightful
Moira

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2014 - 2:30 PM

this is lovely, v2 works well for me!

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2014 - 3:00 PM


Quote: Good to see you around!
V1 works best for me, it makes the most of the reflections. I think I might try to lift the shadow slightly on the left (to us) side of her face, to distinguish her from the background. Otherwise quite delightful
Moira

I did try and do that but not very successful, I might try againi

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Brian65
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8 Feb 2014 - 5:25 PM

Hi Ann, good to see your back, hope you are now getting out and about. Lovely shot.
Brian

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Herge88
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8 Feb 2014 - 5:43 PM

Some wonderful reflections in this Ann.

Best Matt

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gwynn56
gwynn56  261 forum posts England
8 Feb 2014 - 5:50 PM

beautiful capture Smile

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2014 - 6:48 PM

Lovely scene
V 1 just tops it for me

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2014 - 7:09 PM

Glad you are back uploading again, great work,



Ali GrinGrinGrin

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8755 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1589 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2014 - 7:15 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like the contrast in V1, the reflections look a lot better, but I like the bit of extra reflection at the bottom of V2, so perhaps a combination of the two?

Unfortunately, the shadow part of the lady's face is against the dark part of the background, and therefore somewhat ill defined. You could use the dodge tool, going in close so as not to overlap, or try lifting the highlights, as Moira suggests.

I just had a go at both methods in PaintshopPro.
Lifting highlights brightens the overall image too much, so I used the Dodge Tool at opacity 40, which is quite high, but after that I used Levels to slightly adjust the contrast and this blends it in nicely. I used it on her neck and face, but not the hair.
You might consider using it on the shaded part of the arm as well, but lower the opacity (about 25) on the dodge tool for that part because you will only be going over the dark area and need it to blend in with the rest of the arm. Without going along the side of the arm, the face lightening looks a bit contrived because the shadow extends along the face, collar and arm, and dealing with just a part of it looks unnatural.

There is something else you might like to try, and it's not too difficult to do. Where the fir tree comes down behind the girl's arm and the swan's head, I cloned in some of the dark background so that the hand and beak were completely backed by black. I feel that these two are important elements of the story of the statue and should therefore be easy to see, and no-one would know that the branch was originally longer.

Pamela.

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pamelajean Critique Team 8755 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1589 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2014 - 7:32 PM

I have taken the liberty of uploading my modification into your Chrismas Tidings, the stained glass windows.
I hope that's ok.

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NDODS
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8 Feb 2014 - 8:11 PM

What a beautiful bronze...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2014 - 8:34 PM


Quote: I have taken the liberty of uploading my modification into your Chrismas Tidings, the stained glass windows.
I hope that's ok.

of course Pamela, no problem thank you, interesting to see your result

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Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7121 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2014 - 9:11 PM

Three cracking pictures here Ann, and what a beautiful sculpture it is. Also its great to see you back on here again

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2173 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2014 - 9:53 PM

Great to see you back with us and hope you are wellSmile
I can only see v1 on my screen ,great imageSmile
NettaSmile

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Mike_Young
8 Feb 2014 - 10:30 PM

Glad to see an upload from you Ann, was getting worried about you. Lovely shot, the reflection is great too

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2014 - 10:57 AM

Nice to see you back Ann.
A charming subject, with lovely reflections.
Carole

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Glostopcat
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9 Feb 2014 - 5:45 PM

V1 is the pick of this set, it is a fine shot of this water feature with some splendid reflections

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