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By mattmatic  

Sometimes you just get the right conditions for a shot...

...other times there's Photoshop Smile

Feel free to comment away!

Tags: Architecture

Voters: Boyd, Portknockie, novocastria and 13 more

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Boyd 15 11.2k 11 Wales
9 Nov 2004 3:24AM
Super shot. Pity about the branch(?) in the foreground though.

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mattmatic 14 598
9 Nov 2004 3:25AM
Thanks Boyd. Yes, it was a branch. I should have carried a step ladder with me! LOL!
Portknockie 14 48 Scotland
9 Nov 2004 3:26AM
I agree with boyd great shot but!!!!

mattmatic 14 598
9 Nov 2004 3:27AM
Thanks Don - looks like I'm going to regret that branch...!
novocastria 14 102
9 Nov 2004 3:31AM
Great image, Matt, but the branch in the foreground has to go! Everything else is spot on, though - reminds me of 'The Tenth Kingdom'.
mattmatic 14 598
9 Nov 2004 3:33AM
Mike - I'll get my chainsaw out (Photoshop version that is) and do some pruning! Thanks.
soupee 14 49
9 Nov 2004 3:48AM
The sky is a big improvement on the usual photo's of this. Agree though, the branch needs to go!
click. Sue
Photo shoot kit addendum...pruning equipment...Nice shot. Click

stevieb 14 3.0k 2 Panama
9 Nov 2004 3:50AM
It does have a certain Sci-Fi feel.

(Half expected to see the baubles rotating round the bottom of the dome Smile)
bauer 14
9 Nov 2004 4:37AM
Buena composicn y colores...
mattmatic 14 598
9 Nov 2004 4:46AM
Thanks Sue, Jules, Steve and Gustavo!
Steve - yes, rotating baubles could be arranged! LOL!

This is another masking exercise. Both shots were taken on the same day. The building was sliced out using some neat tricks I've been learning, and placed on the sky. To add to the realism, I paid attention to the highlights of the building and recoloured them using a colour blend layer - to give the appearance of reflected sunrise/sunset. There'll be more...
digicammad 15 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2004 5:26AM
Awesome shot Matt, if you put in that sky I'm impressed and if you didn't, well I'm still impressed.

With PS skills like yours you should be able to get rid of the branch.

mattmatic 14 598
9 Nov 2004 5:32AM
Thank you Ian, I did put the sky in Wink
(Check out - the techniques from her book are awesome!)
The branch is a real pain to get rid of because of the detailing around it. I have lessened the effect of the specular highlight, but actually cloning/patching it out is a challenge... I'm having a go, but it's proving difficult!
Kris_Dutson 16 8.2k 1 England
9 Nov 2004 6:29AM
Nice bit of 'shopping - it has a sort of science fantasy feel about it.
mattmatic 14 598
9 Nov 2004 6:32AM
Thank you Ex Smile
magda_indigo 15 418 England
9 Nov 2004 8:41AM
mixed, a bit edgy on the left, a blurry bit in the middle, but otherwise VERY EXOTIC, click (*:*)
mattmatic 14 598
9 Nov 2004 9:27AM
Thank you Magda Smile
This was a crop - on the left is more building. Perhaps I should have cropped harder. The middle bit is a fuscia that was in the way! Pruning sheers needed next time! LOL!
shidee 14 9
9 Nov 2004 9:40AM
great detail, great shot, great texture.
mattmatic 14 598
9 Nov 2004 9:44AM
Thank you Mushidi Smile
PatriciaWilson 14 615 58 Greece
9 Nov 2004 10:30AM
Great work, love the choice of sky, suits it perfectly.

It's just that little white strip from below the half way left side that distracts me a bit...think I would have cloned it out, I don't mind the fuchsia at all thoughSmile

Great shot, great work, great!
mattmatic 14 598
9 Nov 2004 10:42AM
Thanks Patricia - you know I was looking so hard at the cut out and checking it that I completely missed that white strip. Serves me right!! Thanks for the comment, much appreciated.
IanFlindt 14 740 21 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2004 2:21PM
Excellent, Matt. My suggestion is that you clone out the building and sky, and leave the branch. (President of the Fuzzy Branch Society.)
mattmatic 14 598
10 Nov 2004 3:03AM
Thanks Ian! LOL!
flossie 15 1.6k
10 Nov 2004 5:53AM
It is a shame about the branch, but it's all been said (lol @ Flindt!) Beautiful shot though Matt, really like this one.

Edit, it's not Brighton is it? thought you'd been jetting off to some exotic far Eastern country
mattmatic 14 598
10 Nov 2004 6:00AM
Anne - it does look exotic, doesn't it, and yes, it's Brighton (as you've never seen it before! LOL). Thank you.

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