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Moonlight Mystery

By Brookhousek
This is a composite image containing many layers and source photographs. I only use material that I taken myself and try to put it together in a believable way. I welcome any comments as this is my first submission. Smile

Tags: Digitally manipulated Digital art Digi art

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Philip_H 9 1.5k United Kingdom
19 Aug 2013 6:20PM
Well crafted image.

NewDay 10 15 1 England
19 Aug 2013 6:25PM
A superbly presented image, well thought out and technically very well done. It stands out instantly from the crowd and I would not have hesitated for one moment in giving a GEA if awards had not been disabled. Keep up the excellent work.
19 Aug 2013 6:33PM
Great image - I like it very much

Malcolm Smile
senn 10 5 1 Belgium
19 Aug 2013 7:06PM
great creation .. very well inspired
NEWMANP 13 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2013 8:21PM
hello and a very warm welcome to epz.
it is indeed a very well put together composite and reminds me of a epz member KT Allen who does very well in salons with hers.

compositionally i love it, nothing negative to say against it. the quality is great but maybe there is a little too much light on the figure. in some ways it does not look wrong in terms of an image but it takes away a little of the realism, if she had been facing the sun it would have been fine but the shadow side is facing us and is the brightest part of the picture. maybe it would be worth just taking the brightness down a little or adding a texture layer over
there are some nice elements in the construction and they have all been dropped into place very neatly.
JackAllTog Plus
12 6.3k 58 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2013 9:16PM
Super shot, though as newmapP says and also the light glow on this side of the anchor.
20 Aug 2013 12:04AM
I feel very privileged to be mentioned in the same sentence as KT Allen. I am familiar with her work as she is a member of the same photographic union as myself. Thank you for the comments. Smile
bluesandtwos 12 528 1 England
20 Aug 2013 7:42AM

Quote:I feel very privileged to be mentioned in the same sentence as KT Allen. I am familiar with her work as she is a member of the same photographic union as myself. Thank you for the comments. Smile

Looking at the thumbnail I actually expected it to be one of hers!

This is excellent.

paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 9:04AM
Technically superb, pretty well faultless. As with so many images of this genre, I ask myself, Why? I'm not sure what use can be put to such images unless they fit a book title or something like that. It is so well done that I seem to be carping, but there's no way it would go on my wall.

20 Aug 2013 10:33AM
Digital art does tend to divide opinion and I am very happy for people to like or dislike it. I personally get a great deal of enjoyment from crafting an image. That is my "why". Others will want to achieve the perfect image in camera, others paint, others dance. We could ask, why? to all of these persuits. I answer is for the love of it. I don't think I would put it on my wall either, but that didn't make producing it any less pleasurable.
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 11:02AM
And you are dead right. The satisfaction of producing this must be significant and that, I understand. The bottom line, anyway, is if you like it, who cares.

Would it not be possible though, using the skills you so obviuosly have, to tell a more connected story within an image. I've looked at other fantasy images on the site, and that would be my comment with many of them. Technically superb, but not actually saying anything.

A story line in a fully visual way would be the icing.

20 Aug 2013 11:15AM
@paulbroad A well made point. This particular image grew from the original image which was the girl standing next to the the crane gear (she was actually standing there) The juxtiposition of the two (soft and hard) led mind mind to build an envirionment around them. There was no plan I was letting my imagination free flow and inserting images where I felt the composition called for it. I kind of liked the fact it had a sureal quality, but I this could be a cop out and I completely accept your point.
SueEley 15 279 96 Wales
20 Aug 2013 2:17PM
I think maybe it encourages the viewers mind to free flow, too. Maybe not a story, but a mood... and the surrealism is part of that for me. But I do not think I am being very clear! Superb technique.
NEWMANP 13 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 3:13PM
the secret of KT Allens sucess is that her pictures connect with an emotion or heavy statement and the title connects with the image. (I dont usaully like relating to people without consent but i feel she will understand the reference as the styling is so similar. indirectly that may end up being to your dissadvantage because her style is becoming very well known and its better if you can add your own twist to them somehow.

having the vision to make that connection between the image and the title and emotion is probably the most difficult bit. you clearly have the ability to make the composites in fact im wondering if your ability with photoshop relates to your occupation other than your photography. i like your next image too, the tones blend down well into the lighting mood.

it dosnt matter if some dont like / understand or want to hang your pictures. its about the pleasure you get and the use you have for them. you may find they do well in Bpe exhibitions for instance but would not sell well in a gallery. it clearly is the way photography has moved recently and things move in cycles. everyone has the right to do anything with photography but to maintain images inline with current thinking, the elements within them should all start as camera images. its the heavy use of PS airbrushing that may well be frowned upon in the near future as i am seeing changes in wording to this effect in competitions and salon entry forms

banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
20 Aug 2013 4:13PM
Welcome, and enjoy the site.

Its a well assembled composite. I agree with Phil thats the girl is way too bright to fit in realistically, - but unrealistic works well is thats the intent.

I uploaded a mod with her less bright (done quickly as you can see), added a slightly blue tone in line with the Moon in the shot, and perhaps remove the gull, - more realistic without it, less with, so it depends on your goal.

I understand Pauls point about telling a story, but many composites can be abstract, and simply provide the elements for the viewers own story.

Scroll up and click the modifications tab to see the mod.


20 Aug 2013 5:57PM
@newmanp my profession is a primary school teacher so my photoshoppery comes from being a self taught enthusiastic amateur. I joined a club two years ago and this really moved my photography on.

@banehawi I have already revisited my original and darkened the girl and do agree that it is better for it. You do get attached to your own images and after spending a lot of time with it I have to decide on a time to stop tinkering. However, a second opinion often can point out something obvious.
jasonrwl Plus
11 1.1k 11 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 6:20PM
This has certainly engendered a great discussion. As you know Darrell these type of images are not particularly my cup of tea but I really like this one - there is a surreal feel to it and I personally feel it makes it more interesting - a great start on the site.
Phillbri 20 780 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 8:40PM
Great. Really enjoyed this imageGrin

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