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Low Tide,Blakeney

By BigAlKabMan
Used a texture overlay to give a painterly feel. Blurred sky to blend texture but still unsure about sky area in general

Tags: Blakeney quay Landscape and travel Norfolk coast Textures and layers

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dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1812 England
9 Mar 2020 12:03PM
Three thoughts:

Overall, the effect works - but blurring the sky may not have been entirely positive. The most distant boat looks a bit too clean and sharp by comparison with everything else.

There's a tilt, or the appearance of one.

In rotating a degree and a half, and cropping, I've made the image much bigger in the frame. The large white border you've given this doesn't show against a white background, and simply diminishes the size of the picture itself.

I really like the overall effect, and the light that you've caught. Muzzily beautiful.
LLCJ 5 28
9 Mar 2020 3:16PM
I agree with you that the textured effect on the sky is a little distracting. It looks as though the sky might be good enough without a texture? Perhaps a case of less is more? I love the composition of the image and the overall light/ mood.
chase Plus
15 2.1k 541 England
9 Mar 2020 4:29PM
Applying textures to an image is an art in itself. Here I don't think you have done yourself any favours by using one.
What do you think it adds to the image ?
It's not enough to be that noticeable, I think for it to be effective the mood of the image should be altered, maybe a film effect, slightly faded or a light sepia tone.
The horizon does look much better in Johns' mod but it would be nice if we could see the original, before the texture was applied.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2201 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2020 5:56PM
I like the configuration of the boat and all their different angles.

I don't feel the texture was necessary and rather spoils the sky.
Seeing the original, before application of the texture, would be good.

dark_lord Plus
16 2.8k 751 England
9 Mar 2020 7:34PM
It is useful to see the untouched version when posting to the Critique Gallery so we can see the amount of processing applied and make more informed comments and suggestions, and alternatives. Especially when it's about an aspect you ask about. It would enable us to do modifications from the same starting point. You can upload the original as a mod yourself.

That said, thank you for asking a specific question, that helps too.

Janet has a lot of experience with textures so I put some weight behinf her suggestions.
The texture you've applied does'nt give a painterly look, but that's not to say I don't like the effect, I do. It just doesn't say painterly.

Just applying a texture to the sky will make it stand out, even to a point of looking odd if it's too much, so I'd consider applying to the whole image. You could adjust opacity over certain areas if you wanted.

I guess the sky was subtle to start with so attention would be focussed on the boats in any case, I'm sure you'd viewers concentrate on those.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.8k 751 England
9 Mar 2020 7:43PM
I've just added a mod.
I boosted contrast a little using Curves, then used Nik AnalogEfex to add some texture and grain. Don't ask me the exact settings as I just played around with the options to get something I liked.
chase Plus
15 2.1k 541 England
10 Mar 2020 7:16PM
I did have a bash at a mod.
Put the image through Photomatix to create a painterly feel.
Added a texture to the whole thing.
Straightened and cropped.
Reduced saturation.
Increased brightness and contrast in Photoshop.
Added a black border.
Anything near where you were heading.
Difficult to do without the original tbh but, I tried.
11 Mar 2020 9:56AM
Thanks to all for your thoughts and mods. I have uploaded the original undeveloped RAW and also the image I have decided to print. Instead of trying to apply a texture to the file I will print on a textured art paper instead. The one disagreement I have is that the image needs tilting, as this would make the water line incorrect. You will see I added a new sky image to the original.
dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1812 England
11 Mar 2020 1:38PM
Thank you, that's all interesting...

On the tilt - is the waterline actually dead horizontal, or is the bank curved at all, or sloping away from the camera on the right? If it is dead level, then the horizon indicates quite high ground off to the left.

Replacing the sky is entirely understandable, and also completely in line with a tradition that goes back at least to John Constable. Mind you, replacement's relatively easier in a painting!
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2201 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2020 4:04PM
Thanks for getting back to us, Alan, and for uploading the original. You are obviously happy with the version for printing, so I won't do a modification from your original. Your idea of using textured art paper seems a good one, better than the texture overlay you previously chose. The replacement sky looks good to me.

chase Plus
15 2.1k 541 England
12 Mar 2020 6:07PM
Thanks for letting us see the original. I can see why you replaced the sky.
Will look good on textured paper, good decision.

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