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a textured sunrise or what I never do

By annettep38  
Many thanks to Carol, Kate, Mike and Prabhas for their lovely awards.

This is specially for Kate, the stuff I never do but some days ago I just couldn't upload anything, it was blowing a gale outside and it was dusty dry.
So I played with a simple sunrise photo.

Tags: Sunrise Windmills Digital art Los angeles

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LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 99 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2016 6:12AM
Very arty!

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Bantu 6 7 1 India
14 Mar 2016 7:19AM
Lovely processing and capture Annette.

ddolfelin Plus
7 103 3 Wales
14 Mar 2016 7:27AM
The day wasn't wasted - this is a fine picture, Annette.
14 Mar 2016 7:29AM
Impressive Annette, mystical looking Smile
10 10 10 England
14 Mar 2016 8:07AM
You've given it a sci-fi feel - bit scary but very effective.
CarolG 12 199 20 Greece
14 Mar 2016 8:11AM
A great result, Annette Smile
Philip_H 7 12 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2016 8:21AM
I like your processing of the image, Annette.

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Robert51 10 7 90 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2016 8:26AM
Super image Annette and I think we have all had lots of days like yours.

The thing with textures your best friend is the opacity slider. This allows you to get just the right amount for your image. Also watch out for too many lines across the image as it starts to divide the picture into sections. I have uploaded a mod on the "sun, mist, tree" image a few pictures in front of yours, where I hope it shows how a texture sits softly within the image. May also be worth cropping the moon to the top right cross lines on the two thirds rule.

These are just my ideas that may or may not help...

mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2080 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2016 8:46AM
Hi Annette, this is a bad-weather-day project, and it's creative. I also find it slightly frustrating...

The essence for me is the turbines rising through the mist towards the sun. The textures add a sense of mystery, otherness. But there's a bit too much else going on in the frame, too many intrusions. The bright sky at the top above the clouds, the bits of cut-off tree at the bottom.

I've uploaded a modification - all I have done is to crop to letter-box, to focus on the real beauty and keep things simple. It's so easy to carry on adding, adding. I prefer to pare back...
dudler Plus
16 945 1520 England
14 Mar 2016 9:06AM
Welcome back to the Critique Gallery, Annette.

It's a shame, in many ways, that this isn't in the main gallery - I suspect it would be a vote winner, especially given the number of positive comments above. However, since it's here, I'll pick up a couple of things that Robert and Moira have said.

Robert really knows his way round 'constructing' pictures, and if you want to do that sort of work, he can tell you more than most people on the site, I think. Moira always tends to get to the heart of what makes a picture work, and I agree with her idea that it's often about excluding the irrelevant as much as catching the subject.

I still do darkroom work, and this makes me a bit queasy about soem of the stuff that people add to 'age' a picture. Vignettes, grain, toning - I'm fine with all of that, in moderation (usually). I am less sure about adding scratches and water blotches (I was horrified a few weeks back, when I found I'd posed a shot with these, because I'd failed to remove them from the Nik filter I was using...)

For many people with 'darkroom' sensibilities (and probably a good few others), some of the features of your texture screen will be faults, deep in their minds, rather than making the picture look old. The joy of finding an old image that is perfect must drive a lot of collectors: and every photographer's aim was always to make a print that was free of dust, scrapes, fingerprints and so on.

I'll be interested in your thoughts about this, and those of further viewers. Do deliberately-introduced faults (that is, things that were considered undesirable in almost all pictures) make a picture look more authentic, or just badly cared-for? And does this give an interesting old-school feel, or distract and detract?
fotobee Plus
6 4 3 South Africa
14 Mar 2016 10:11AM
A lovely, surreal photo, Anette. Regards Martin
Irishkate Plus
9 41 115 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2016 10:43AM
Interesting critiques -all helpful to me too - I think Moira has done a great mod with her crop. I do love your texturing and say well done - it is vey therapeutic and makes one
feel like a true artist. Please do more Annette - it becomes addictive.

PaulMillar 8 83 2 Scotland
14 Mar 2016 4:10PM
like this very much the processing sits so very well, a very creative idea that just works, brill.

JuBarney Plus
8 33 4 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2016 4:42PM
A lovely creative image
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
14 Mar 2016 8:34PM
This would do well in the main gallery.
I can't add to what Moira and John have covered.

It's an interesting point about 'ageing' an image for effect. Because numerous old photos have been kept in less than ideal conditions or treated badly at some point we see these imperfections as 'character'. Perhaps like the patina on antiques.
Funny then, how photo restoration is applied to remove these marks.
Hmmm, how about cloning in dust bunnies on our spik and span digital images!
Maybe we should celebrate 'perfect condition' old images. At least, when the images were first produced they'd be as good as you'd get (all other things being equal).

Not that that is meant to take anything away from your processing here.
bliba Plus
13 2 Austria
16 Mar 2016 11:36AM
great processing
Chinga Plus
8 3 1 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2016 6:14AM
I could never get it to that standard, good work Annette...

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