Back Modifications (1)
Views 62 Unique 32 Award Shortlist   

Tree Manipulation

By Phoebesvc
I took this photo of a tree outside my house at night-time and then played around on photoshop manipulating it into more of an unusual artwork. I would really appreciate people's feedback and comments to try to improve my work as this is something I enjoy and would love to get better at!
Many thanks! Smile

Tags: Manipulated Trees Digital art Nightime Patterns in nature

Claim 3 FREE professional prints with Fujifilm


12 Feb 2018 1:20PM
Excellent image!
dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 813 England
12 Feb 2018 8:50PM
Welcome to epz and the Critiqure Gallery Phoebe.

This is the area of the site where you upload images buit forego votes and awards in return for direct and detailed critique, feedback and help

I'm all for experimenting with what software can do but it helps enormously to have some idea of what you want to portray. we do ask for posters to give some idea of what they were wanting to ahieve as it helps us to provide relevant advice and suggestions.
If this were symmetrical all round for example, but I'm unsure of what the trapezium shaped part at the bottom is for.

Likewise with the logo. It's not necessary for the Critique Gallery and apart from being very distracting works against appreciation of the image.

Let us know what you were trying to achieve.
As it stands there are a lot of areas challenging for attention, so something simpler would have more appeal.
I'll upload a mod showing one area my eye first rested upon to explore.

dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1933 England
13 Feb 2018 7:46AM
And welcome from me, too Phoebe.

I can only echo Keith's comments: this is interesting, intriguing: but it's very hard to critique without knowing what you were aiming for. Also - although it's of limited importance in this case, as the image is all about your manipulation of reality, rather than camerawork - we ask for full EXIF data. Here, you may have 'saved for web' or uploaded from a device or through another website, losing the information - or the processing itself may have done the damage.

There's a slight lack of sharpness in the image, which may detract from it a little bit, and that might go back to focus error, camera shake or an issue with the lens.

Notwithstanding any of this, the picture demands attention, and the viewer will try hard to relate it to reality, as well as enjoying hte shapes and colours.
paulbroad Plus
14 131 1294 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2018 8:48AM
I applaud trying something different, but I rarely see much in abstracts and I fear that is the case here. Normally I say, technique comes first, but cannot apply this here of course. However, I then look at content and see no structure?

However, it does make you look and that, in itself, is a good sign.

13 Feb 2018 9:10AM
Thank you all for the feedback, it's much appreciated! I was aiming to create more patterns and symmetry by the mirroring of the image and I hoped to create some contrast and extra interest by adding the alternate patterned section at the bottom of the image but I can see how this is probably too distracting. I wanted to try to create a 'different reality' by experimenting with perspective. I will try to develop the idea by focusing on part of the image perhaps or making it a bit simpler and focus on technique.
dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1933 England
13 Feb 2018 6:09PM
If you're going for a big stretch, technically, it's a good idea to go a step at a time, if possible. Secure each part of the process, then put them together at the end...

We'd be happy to see pictures along the way - either as versions (or your own modifications), or as successive posts through the week.

Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.