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It's been a while since my last upload and even longer since I've made a composite image. The trappings of the 9-5 seem to have taken a firm hold lately. Maybe not everyone's cup of tea but I enjoyed making this composite.

Cheers,

Andy.

Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Duel
Username:Mayfly Mayfly
Uploaded:10 Jul 2012 - 9:29 PM
Tags:Composite, Digital art, Digitally manipulated, General, Medieval, Poppies, Portraits / people, Sword, Warriors
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StuartAt
StuartAt e2 Member 91029 forum postsStuartAt vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 9:42 PM

I really like this - the only thing that spoils it for me is knowing that in reality the poppies and barley would only reach their knees, rather than being up round their waists. Still, very impressive composite - way better than anything I could achieve!

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clintQB
clintQB  251 forum posts United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 - 10:03 PM

amazing....love the idea and processing....im gonna shortlist this for an award

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arhb
arhb e2 Member 62053 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom67 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 10:04 PM


Quote: I really like this - the only thing that spoils it for me is knowing that in reality the poppies and barley would only reach their knees, rather than being up round their waists. Still, very impressive composite - way better than anything I could achieve!

They might be kneeling down Tongue

I like this a lot - well produced Andy.

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Mayfly
Mayfly  8485 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 10:07 PM

Thanks for the observation stuart. Clint glad you like Smile

Cheers, Andy.

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fazzer
fazzer e2 Member 426 forum postsfazzer vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 10:46 PM

excellent work,love it
rgds
jeremy

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Leilani
Leilani  929 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 11:15 PM

Absolutely Fantastic!!! Amazing processing and scene. Love it Smile

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 11:59 PM

Definitely my cup of tea, more please Smile

Sarah *

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canonfan
canonfan e2 Member 3canonfan vcard United Kingdom
11 Jul 2012 - 12:25 AM

Fantastic
Jim

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almiles
almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom92 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2012 - 5:51 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 


Quote: I really like this - the only thing that spoils it for me is knowing that in reality the poppies and barley would only reach their knees, rather than being up round their waists. Still, very impressive composite - way better than anything I could achieve!

As well as kneeling like Andrew says, don't forget that modern grains have all been bred to be much shorter and therefore wind resistant. Medieval species were much taller and so probably were the weeds that grew in them (like poppies)!

Biological plausibility aside, this is a really excellent composite and I'm in awe of your PS skills, Andy! The idea is clever and the mood very dramatic, especially with the look on the facing knight's face and the heavy rain.

My only constructive criticism would be I can't quite work out what the knight with his back to us is doing with his free arm; his elbow seems to be stretching into the barley? I guess he could have his arm bent but the bit of his hauberk that vanishes into the field seems to be too close to be the sleeve. A minor point only in this brilliant image! Smile

Al

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Mayfly
Mayfly  8485 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2012 - 6:10 AM

Thankyou all for taking the time to comment, it's appreciated.

Leilani thankyou for the award Smile

Al - the arm of the knight with his back to us doesn't exsist in the source image,a horse was in the foreground, I agonised over this for a long time and spent quite some time trying to solve the problem. The arm is created from mail of the other arm and I tried to make it look as though it is bent round.

Cheers,

Andy.

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sherring
sherring  646 forum posts United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2012 - 8:39 AM

Great workmanship to create this fab image.

Steve.

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Rollover
Rollover  4 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2012 - 1:56 PM

Excellent composite thoughtfully put together.
Powerful image. I'd darken the castle a tad (IMHO Wink)but its still an amazing piece of work.
Graham

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fraser
fraser  10631 forum posts Scotland14 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2012 - 4:13 PM

Brilliantly constructed image and some great comments too.

Fraser

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 6337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2012 - 5:11 PM

Love the action and also the limited pallet of colours. The red of the poppies may not be a true colour, but it works well with the clothing - gets my UA
Helen

Last Modified By helenlinda at 11 Jul 2012 - 5:12 PM

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Mayfly
Mayfly  8485 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2012 - 5:22 PM

Thankou everyone,

Graham I had already darkened the castle quite a bit and didn't want to push it any further so probably just my taste.
Helen, I was trying to get that filmlike desaturated feel hence the muted colours, pleased that it seems to work.

Cheers also for the UA and HC !

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K_T
K_T e2 Member 2K_T vcard United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 - 8:35 PM

Excellent and very good imapact!

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photofrenzy
2 Sep 2012 - 10:04 PM

Absolutely superb well put together and very well thought out EXCELLENT Wink

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