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The Emperor!

By paulbroad  
Just one more from the series, treated very differently again. Same settings but tried a rather different composition?


Tags: Montage Digital art Star Hubble Emperor Wars

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Robert51 11 7 92 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2016 4:40PM
Super image Paul, just love it.

I have uploaded a mod where I played with the eyes, added a red/brown overlay to tie the skin and the background together. A little HDR and edge darkening.
Hope you like it...


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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4049 Canada
15 Jun 2016 5:06PM
I like the crop and positioning; maybe some colour in the face as before?

dudler Plus
16 977 1536 England
15 Jun 2016 5:44PM
I like the general idea, and the changes Robert's made seem to me to work nicely: unifying the image a bit.

I have cheekily used Robert's version as the basis for a slight crop, making the galaxy less central: I wonder if I'd have put it further right and up, just a fraction?
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2016 9:42PM
Good mods.. I had intentionally reduced the face to mono to give that grey corpse effect but the red tones are stronger. Not sure why you would want to use HDR though?

Robert51 11 7 92 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2016 8:19AM
Paul most times I use gradient map for my colour toning, this way I can change the highlight and shadow colours, but in this case the single colour worked a treat. I used the HDR to added a little more depth to the image to make the face appear a little deeper back into the cloak and the galaxy to draw you right in. Topaz Adjust has a great group of HDR filters that work a treat. These adjustments are only very small so that don't standout but I hope they add a little to such a great image.

To be honest Paul I would have tried by changing the face to mono but with so much colour around it they start to oppose each other too much.

pablophotographer 8 1.3k 354
16 Jun 2016 1:56PM
Well, the problem with lots of time travelling is ageing. And catching up with fashion too.
As always the issue of lighting is critical in the image.
Let's just say that he is lit by galaxies on his back and his front so we bypass technicalities.
I would move the figure higher and to the right so as the bright centre of the galaxy is partially hidden behind his cap. Similar to the idea of halo to saint in icons. God, I hope this is not blasphemy.
''May the Force be with you''. Errrr, I don't know which side says that, does it matter? lol.
Prince of Zamunda.
TanyaH Plus
16 1.3k 395 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2016 2:20PM
Pah! I'm not even going to attempt a mod of this, because in many ways I like the cold blues of your original above, but I also rather like Robert's mod as well as the subsequent ones.

That galaxy in the background is kind of embryonic to me, which then sort of hints at things like rebirth and regeneration ... and which, judging by the ash grey of this guy's complexion and the wrinkles, he may be rushing towards quicker than he'd like!

Nice one, Paul - I think this is actually my favourite of the series Smile
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2016 7:49AM
I prefer this one. The composition is, to my mind, the strongest. I went for the mono face because the emperor has little facial tone in the films and thus the corpse like grey seemed to fit. However, does it have to replicate the actual film character or be more of a strong visual effect. The mods tend to be rather stronger in that respect but factually inaccurate.

That doesn't matter here.

The Force be with you you is the 'good' side I think. Cannot remember any dark side character saying it? They tend to say 'The force is strong in you' or similar. You may realise I've seen the star wars films a few times! Waiting to see where the unanswered questions in the new film lead.


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