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Alan_Coles 12 178 11 Wales
12 Dec 2010 7:15AM
The legend of manipulation strikes again...cracking stuff Andy! Smile

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jabe 7 10 4 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2010 7:41AM
A nice picture,you have good imagination,i look forwards to your work in the new year, and hope to learn something from you.
Trout_Man 9 1 30 Wales
12 Dec 2010 7:57AM
Nice to view this one large Andy, 2nd time `round, really like this creation, make a cracking bill board poster Smile Geoff.
davey_griffo 9 213 165 England
12 Dec 2010 8:20AM
I take it that the rock & the sword were put into the sunset? They are a little sharp, as compared to the soft focus background.

What also makes them stand out is the halo around the left side. I realise you were probably trying to make that side light, to mimic the sun's direction, but the lightening has gone onto the background water.

The right lower corner of the rock doean't meet the water. It looks suspended above it.

Clever interpretation though.
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2010 8:36AM
this is stunning cracking work nice one Wink
andy210966 10 4 119 Wales
12 Dec 2010 8:44AM
Thanks for the comment Dave! Everything is deliberate.

The horizon is Out of Focus ( not Soft Focus) and bleeds into focus the closer to the subject the backround becomes, this is used to create a Depth of Field to the image and to focus the eye on the subject.
The 'halo' is sun glow and is an interpretation of reflected sunlight off of the surfaces facing the sun and because it is a 'glow' it would bleed over more distant surfaces.

The rock does meet the water as the reflection dictates- I didn't want just a lump sticking out of the surface - this Erratic from Snowdonia had a great shape and I wanted to maintain as much as I could so there is no reason why a small overhang wouldn't appear above the surface.

Really appreciate your comments and I hope I have explained the reasons why I presented the image in this way.

cassiecat 9 39 46 England
12 Dec 2010 9:04AM
funny this is what popped into my head when i first saw the sword. just needs the ghostly lady of the lake Smile lesley
andy210966 10 4 119 Wales
12 Dec 2010 9:08AM
A Version 2 has been posted without the Glow and the Backround in focus - I think it lacks the feel of the original, but I could be wrong!

Prefer V2 Andy but I hear what you say about the original, it tends to be that way when you do something and somebody else changes the feel by their thoughts and seeing it differently to yourself.
I do like the clean almost poster feel to V2. Great idea and I now look forward to the rest of your ideas.

12 Dec 2010 10:19AM
Terrific image.

cassiecat 9 39 46 England
12 Dec 2010 10:36AM
much looking to find my preference, and its not happened yet Tongue v1 without the glow round the stone and sword. the effect in the title really gives it a poster feel. looking forward to the next one Smile lesley
12 Dec 2010 11:25AM
V1 for me....great work.

Alvar 11 23 2 France
12 Dec 2010 11:38AM
Great composition and idea Andy
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
12 Dec 2010 1:31PM
Beautifully atmospheric Andy, especially V1; I'm looking forward to the series!
Sezz 13 617 15 England
12 Dec 2010 2:02PM
I like V2 but like you said it's lacking something mystical/magical which typifies Arthurian Legend - so for me V1 Smile Can't wait to see more of these Andy!

Sarah *
Andrew_Hurley 12 71 73 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2010 3:08PM
Superb image, very imaginative and well processed.

12 Dec 2010 3:25PM
Both are fantastic but V1 that bit more. Bombolini
soulofharmony 8 22 1 Norfolk Island
12 Dec 2010 3:53PM
V1 for me , Gives it ethereal beauty & makes it spiritual mysterious

Truly beautiful Andy

Nikki ! x
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2010 4:06PM
Excellent work here.

Roly 10 Wales
12 Dec 2010 4:08PM
Its good,like it.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2010 4:10PM
well for my twopennorth I like it but find it difficult to choose the favourite
beckas 14 5 1 United States
12 Dec 2010 5:30PM
Fantastic manip!
BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
12 Dec 2010 6:12PM
There's your RC, Andy!

Nice work.

Suehh 11 39 6 England
12 Dec 2010 6:15PM
Great stuff! Looking forward to the series.

fatherpie 9 18 12 England
12 Dec 2010 7:23PM
Both work well but v1 has that extra something I think.
ps - just caught up with last weeks postings from you - some fabulous work
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
12 Dec 2010 9:29PM
Terrific work Andy - love the rich full-blooded tones of V1 together with the effects. Am really looking forward to your next series as I am addicted to anything in connection with the Arthurian Legends!
osie 7 2 3 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2010 10:03PM
Another Great Piece Andy...I would NOT change a thing in either...You have placed everything perfectly...the only thing I find difficult with these images, is deciding witch I like the most...I look forward to the rest of the book...! Great work indeed... Excelento... Smile
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2010 6:15AM
nice creation Andy, and prefer v2.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2010 8:46AM
This one really is special ... Fab work by you
13 Dec 2010 3:59PM
Great image Andy - V1 for me

davey_griffo 9 213 165 England
14 Dec 2010 12:43PM
I see what you mean, the BG has lost something.

I agree with Lesley (Cassiecat), if you could do V1 but with less glow like V2, it'd be spot on.

Sorry if I've caused you grief. Smile
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2010 12:02AM
I like this very much but I don't buy your explanation of the glow. Yes, the sword reflects sunlight at all angles but we only see the light that's reflected towards our eyes, unless there's haze in the atmosphere that's scattering light. If the glow was scattered light from haze, the glow would also continue down the full left side of the stone, not stop where the sea gets darker — after all, the whole of the rock is lit by the sun, which is above the horizon with nothing between it and the stone to cast shade.

Having said that, I rather like the glow, which I read as a magical aura type thing that's entirely appropriate to the subject.

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