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By SueEley
Another try at a composite. I really like to get a degraded surface feel on this but am not sure if I am taking it too far, and also wonder if black and white is better...

Tags: Specialist and abstract Digital art Portraits and people Jazz image noise

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This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.


barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2009 3:05PM
I like the picture
And I am only new to photography so cant help with suggestions
But I like it as is

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lostintime 10 13 5 Germany
1 Jan 2009 3:26PM
Another fascinating composite Sue, I really like the colour version with the powerful warm light and tones (especially in the foreground drink) which for me enhance the "jazzy" mood. The colours also bring in the "viewer" in the bottom right.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
1 Jan 2009 3:34PM
I prefer the colour version. I think the secret of this type of image is too keep it simple and not have too much in it. I think this image works well but is probably on the limit. Anymore may push it OTT.

Please keep at it. This is very original and eyecatching
DOGSBODY 9 1.4k 30 England
1 Jan 2009 3:49PM
I too prefer the colour version. The treatment is OK for this image, but, as with all manipulations of this nature the image can become a very personal thing, but this works for me. Andy
conrad 13 10.9k 116
1 Jan 2009 4:05PM
With these composites it can be a problem to get a good balance in the composition, but I think you've done that very well, and I also like the treatment. Well done!
DP_Imagery 13 24 6 Wales
1 Jan 2009 4:26PM
Alex has got it spot on for me - so can't offer any further crit apart from Well Done.

optik Plus
9 15 1 England
1 Jan 2009 4:48PM
great idea well executed, especially like the colour version.
Boyoclark 10 16 1 Wales
1 Jan 2009 5:36PM
Hi Sue. Another good photo, the idea works well however the one main issue for me is the texture layer which I personally think is too powerful and is fighting with the image. In this respect the eye is continually being drawn to the various texture patches when It could be more complimentary and act like a painters canvas in the background. Perhaps try it with reduced opacity and see if it looks better.Bryan
Wellspring 9 86 37 England
3 Jan 2009 3:29PM
I really really like this photo. I play saxophone and dream one day of making a picture that captures it all for me. This sets the bar high for me!!

There is not much that I would do to improve the picture because it works so well as it is but here are my suggestions and ideas for consideration.

I prefer the colour to b&w because it separates the different elements of the image for me and helps my eye to move around.

I would try having a little colour in the singer image so that it is in keeping with the other images - she stands out too much for me unless that was the intention in which case, well done!

It took me a while to see the piano player; I think that is because he is very close to the beer and so became part of the background for me. Although it was nice to 'discover' something in the photo that I had missed to begin with.

The man on the bottom right - I cannot work out what he is doing. This slightly irks me, but I am that sort of person!

A wonderful imaginative picture and if I had done it, it would be on my wall but with a saxophone in stead of the trumpet!!

carterart 13 74 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2009 6:21PM
You do this so well Sue. I like the colour version best (well I would wouldn't I !!) as the beer stands out more and gives good depth and helps tell the story.
SueEley 12 279 96 Wales
3 Jan 2009 6:52PM
Thank you all for your comments. It is really helpful to get an idea of how other people see things!
exposure Plus
14 5.8k England
4 Jan 2009 1:55PM
A Brilliant grunge Image Sue, I love the colour version and the detail.

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