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fish in the smoke

By Sgtborg
here i tried some smoke photography, its my first time trying this , I enjoyed it so much, I processed a bit with photoshop to get a bit of a shape, hope you like the outcome.

Tags: Fish Smoke Colours Specialist and abstract

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PranavMishra 5 52 17 India
19 Jan 2014 1:06PM

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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2014 4:06PM
I like the mixture of colours that you have used, Mario.
I love to find images inside smoke pictures, but this fish is very obvious, so clear and well defined, so well done. It's one of the best that I have seen.

As pretty as your border is, it is tending to distract the eye from your image. Just a plain one would do, if any.

What is lacking here is brightness and saturation, to bring out the shapes and colours better. Working on smoke pictures in post processing is very easy, like fireworks against a dark sky, they always respond well to tweaking.

In my modification I have rotated and mirrored the image in order to get the fish on a diagonal, diving down towards the bottom right corner.
I adjusted brightness and contrast until the outlines stood out well against the black background.

Obviously, you don't always have to include the complete line of smoke, especially if you find a "picture" inside it and want to accentate that. Then you can remove any parts that detract from or don't correspond to the picture you see. This isn't cheating, it's making the most of what you have captured.

Also, as you can see from my modification, you can use whatever orientation that you feel suits it best. The smoke has created the illusion, you simply need to enhance that illusion and make it easier for the viewer to "see" and understand.

paulbroad 10 123 1243 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2014 4:45PM
Not my kind of thing, I fear. Subjective, of course, but rather dark and heavy for me. I find myself wondering what I would then do with it?


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