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Blaenavon, graveyard

By SueEley
Looking for some gut feelings and honest responses - even if not flattering. Putting this on the critique gallery, even though I don't think it will have any exif data, so it may not be suitable. I really do want that feed back, though! Took the picture in infra red (ir converted digital camera), tried out a pseudo lith effect in Photoshop then imported it into Painter 11 and used several autopainting settings before bringing it back into Photoshop. In the end, although I did use 'auto' in Painter, there was quite a lot of work as nothing in PS was auto at all, and I had to be selective in Painter, too.

Is it cheating? Is it like, a machine made thing, or a person made thing? And, does anyone like it? I think I quite do, but then I just made it and I really should have waited a couple of days Smile

Tags: Graveyard Digitally manipulated Digital art Infra red Landscape and travel Mono b and w Pseudo lith

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gazlowe 6 8 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 7:19PM
it works for me

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NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
6 Jul 2012 7:49PM
I think your title doesnt represent what you have created from your original photgraph,it indicates a record shot and that it isnt.People of a certain age think of graveyards as somewhere for peaceful meditation,your work /image has captured the darker side ,death is stark, dramatic and almost black and white ,depending on your beliefs.This sort of image splits the photography folks apart it is yours and if you are pleased with it then fight your corner .Personally i think it would benefit from something in the distance in the white area to the right of the crosses.A lot of work and well done.Automations dont matter every HDR or pano has been done by a program so long as the original photography is yours . Neil.
SueEley 12 279 96 Wales
6 Jul 2012 8:10PM
Thanks, Neil - I can see the space you are talking about and, yes, it would benefit from something! Sue
Eviscera 12 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 9:31PM
Hi Sue

Perhaps you're missing the wood for the trees with all that pp !

Its a great background with no particular focal point and that's a good thing to use as a base layer sometimes.

It just about retains enough dof to draw the viewer in , and I do like the proportionality of the whites greys and blacks , a good wash of tones.

No , its not cheating , its imagination and wont appeal to the luddites but sod em.

What it does need is rotating horizontal (as its reading right to left ), and an added focal point that kinda gives the base a depth.

Like it. Mod slapped an idea
Tooth 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
6 Jul 2012 9:33PM
I think only you can decide whether you like it or not as shots like this tend to be very personal. I can see it as the antitheses of the peace and tranquility of a normal graveyeard scene, with rather visions of chaos and disruptoon, the other side of deathas it were.

Is it your own work? - well yes because you ocersaw and made the decisions at every stage of the process. Remember a paintbrush is made by a machine, but a painting isn't....

SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
6 Jul 2012 11:40PM
This has the look of a negative to me, although clearly it's not. It's very distinctive, and I can see a white cross in the background, right next to the stone cross, as if it's a reverse shadow. I like the hints of reddy brown which add depth. I like the brush strokes. The fact that you've produced something rather interesting would suggest to me that you've pulled it off. Whatever, it's original, and I like it.
tony64 14 204 9 England
7 Jul 2012 8:04AM
Hi Sue, I echo Dave's comments above, I quite like it! Although for me there is too much white in the central portion of the picture, it needs a little bit more for interest, like Dave's bird!
It might just be suffering from a few too many processes! And for a good critique, why not upload all the different versions as you did them, including the original?
I also agree with you, give it a few days before uploading! At least sleep on it!
But, I'm pleased you did!
DP_Imagery 13 24 6 Wales
7 Jul 2012 11:40PM
I very much like it as it is - definitely not cheating to use all tools at your disposal to create the image you are after. It's about what is in the mind and how you transfer it to paper, pixels, canvas or whatever. I really like Dave's mod too - it does have that extra dimension. Title does need to reflect the pictorial nature of the image.


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