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Another quick shot opposite Opera house. Photoshopped this one with several layers yesterday... Started by using blur to get a smooth blue sky, ended with gradient layer with noise and black sky. Took another photographer friend's advice, slightly tuned down the base's high light a bit. Thanks for looking.
BTW, I'm glad that you like the little red house on my previous uploading. I thought it was boring... not in the rule book.Grin Thank you all.

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:EF-S18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:15 May 2012 - 2:40 PM
Focal Length:100mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.4
Shutter Speed:1/350sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Opera house-winged horse
Username:xwang xwang
Uploaded:2 Apr 2013 - 9:54 AM
Tags:Architecture, Black & white, Digitally manipulated, Landscape / travel, Opera house, Roof, Vienna, Winged horse
Voters:nonur · francisg · NDODS · DOGSBODY · DeSilver · Alan_Baseley · RonnieAG · Hermanus · WhiteRose1 · Joline · LynneJoyce · ugly · gwynn56 · leontari · ColleenA · andylea · barbarahirst · Philip_H · pamelajean · paskinmj · mauriceegan · TyChee ·
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A lovely compo, great black and white. I love the silvery look.

francisg  11703 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 10:05 AM

An excellent piece of Manipulation.


A great piece, very well crafted with a great outcome Jasmine

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

Hermanus  3 South Africa
2 Apr 2013 - 10:51 AM

Excellent photo Jasmine !! I really like this image !!GrinGrinGrin


All your processing has resulted in a very striking image, Jasmine, and the subject captured from a good viewpoint.


Very striking, Jasmine, but not too sure about the light source and shadows which don't match. Maybe a dark grey rather than black sky... just my preference on an aesthetic level Smile.



I like the treatment you have given this, but I agree with Dave regarding the light source. Your placement has a dramatic effect, though.


Good work on the sculpture, but I think the black sky is too dark.

xwang  632 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 2:06 PM

Thank you all for your comments about the sky..The dark sky is the result of the gradient layer.
There was no obvious light source, it was purely PS work. I don't know a lot about PS, I was messing aboutSmile So, I'm going to upload the colour version that I started with and change to "M", mode, welcome anybody who wants to have a fun, as I did.. Thanks again.


Quote: A lovely compo, great black and white. I love the silvery look.

Excellent work Jasmine!


V1 works so very well


Hi Jas,
Not for me, this time.
I find it too obvious and as has been said, the light source is in the wrong place to have produced those shadows.
Good to see you trying something different though.


Philip_H  3 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2013 - 6:28 PM

V1 has more of a magical quality.


pamelajean Critique Team 9940 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1762 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 8:46 PM

Your work in V1 impresses me, Jasmine, I have never thought of doing anything like this with my statues.
I think an imported mono sky might look better than the blackness and pseudo moon behind the horse's head, but I didn't try that. Instead, I used your original image, which is good in its own right, cropped to remove a lot of the building, and added canvas to the right to give the horse space in front of it.

xwang  632 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 9:39 PM

Thank you very much Pamela for your MOD.
V1 is accidental, I didn't plan to get it... I've never really used gradient layer before. The only reason I dropped the gradient layer, the white stuff, looked like pseudo moon, was to draw attention to the detail of the horse. I didn't think it was a moon... I thought that horse couldn't have wings in real, so the white stuff could be anything..another universe .. or where the horse was flying from or anything imaginary..When I worked on large file and zoomed in, the detail of the horse was surprisingly good, I mean the artist's work. I felt that it was a shame that such brilliant work can hardly be seen by most of the people passing by the street.( on the very top of the Opera house roof) I took a few snap shots in two or three minutes( couldn't stay long, busy bus stop) and only saw them again nearly a year later. So I thought by putting the gradient layer there to emphasize the work of the original artist and extended the imagination a bit . Smile
Thank you very much again, Pamela.
Thank you all.

16 Apr 2013 - 10:45 PM

Excellent work. Love what you did with this.

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