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Opera house-winged horse

By xwang
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.

Tags: Architecture Black and white Digitally manipulated Roof Vienna Opera house Landscape and travel Winged horse

Voters: nonur, francisg, NDODS and 19 more

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nonur Plus
7 17 11 Turkey
2 Apr 2013 10:02AM
A lovely compo, great black and white. I love the silvery look.

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francisg 12 705 1 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2013 10:05AM
An excellent piece of Manipulation.
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2013 10:06AM
A great piece, very well crafted with a great outcome Jasmine

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
2 Apr 2013 10:51AM
Excellent photo Jasmine !! I really like this image !!GrinGrinGrin
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
2 Apr 2013 10:51AM
All your processing has resulted in a very striking image, Jasmine, and the subject captured from a good viewpoint.
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
2 Apr 2013 12:05PM
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.

Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
2 Apr 2013 12:23PM
I like the treatment you have given this, but I agree with Dave regarding the light source. Your placement has a dramatic effect, though.
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2013 12:25PM
Good work on the sculpture, but I think the black sky is too dark.
xwang 7 55 8
2 Apr 2013 2:06PM
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.
2 Apr 2013 3:16PM

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

Excellent work Jasmine!
2 Apr 2013 5:23PM
V1 works so very well
Jestertheclown 8 7.4k 249 England
2 Apr 2013 5:33PM
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.

2 Apr 2013 6:28PM
V1 has more of a magical quality.

pamelajean Plus
10 969 1833 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2013 8:46PM
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 7 55 8
2 Apr 2013 9:39PM
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.
TyChee Plus
11 275 1 United States
16 Apr 2013 10:45PM
Excellent work. Love what you did with this.

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