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A Simpler Life II

By Camairish    
A short reading break after getting the sheep in on the croft, Outer Hebrides.

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.9k 2166 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2015 7:34PM
A curious image. There's something odd, slightly surreal about it. I'm wondering if it's the combination of wide angle and a slightly elevated viewpoint? The head seems too big for the body, particularly the feet, the furniture looks like it has come from a doll's house. I'm looking at that curtain, and the scale of the dust on the carpet... The shadows can't seem to come to an agreement over the direction of the light...

Makes me want to know more.

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nonur 11 18 13 Turkey
6 Mar 2015 8:02PM
I like it a lot.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4094 Canada
6 Mar 2015 8:50PM
The scale is wrong. The man is way too large for the room, and as Tanya mentioned on the last upload, its hard to get over that niggling feeling thats its set up, - which it is.

If the man stood up, he would be close to the ceiling, so either make him smaller digitally, or get a smaller model. His right foot is not on the floor from what I can make out.

The wood grain on the table legs too suggests its small scale, as a full size table having that grain is not often seen.

I will try to play with a mod and see if I can suggest anything other.


mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.9k 2166 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2015 9:09PM
Ah yes, I've checked back now...

Get the scale of the figure right and this is a really original theme to work on. It reminds me a bit of the Creature Comforts sets.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4094 Canada
6 Mar 2015 9:15PM
Mod uploaded. Very roughly done; the man is smaller, and the carpet is slightly blurred; the room is darker on the right.

Camairish 14 1.4k Scotland
6 Mar 2015 9:16PM
Brilliant feedback everyone, very much appreciated.
iancrowson Plus
10 215 168 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2015 9:18PM
Very interesting image. Initial viewing suggests a model scene until a close look is taken of the man. Then a closer look is required.
After a little study it's his relationship to the room and his chair in particular that is wrong. His legs are much longer than the chair's legs. He's perched strangely on a corner of the seat with little shadow between his legs.
Considering this is a croft house in the Outer Hebrides the table is very trendy, carpet to the sink area, and a leather chesterfield are maybe not very typical. I've been in quite a few.
I don't know the purpose of this creation but you have made an interesting image which I for one, have looked at for far longer than most on this site.

You have some excellent images of old croft houses in your portfolio/website

pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2116 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2015 9:22PM
I noticed that you had this shot in the main gallery, Ian, and that Tanya questioned its authenticity. You said

Quote:Thanks Tanya - you're a star. You're spot on - it is my first attempt at a composite image as part of a wee project. I made the room and 'furnished' it with miniature dolls house stuff. I wasn't happy with the look of this so I've since darkened the bloke (me!), added some more shadow and applied a slight blur to the back wall. I'll post that version this evening.
Fully take on board the comments about things looking too clean/tidy - i'll work on that aspect in the next shot.
Value your opinion, Ian.

I think it would have helped us here in the Critique Gallery a lot if you had put this in your description, so that we could critique the work you have done instead of questioning its "reality".

I'd like to have seen more of the window and less of the sink on the right, because I want to see all of it, so I'm left a bit frustrated.
I wanted to straighten the wall panels on the right but fear that I might throw other things out of true.

Apart from the odd few things that jar, I think this is very good for a first attempt at a compositite, and it sounds like you did an awful lot of work getting it together.

paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2015 9:54AM
In many ways, this is quite good, but my very first thought was something looks a bit wrong. Size, maybe, but not dramatic. I just can't see a croft in the highlands or islands looking as pristine as this. Not even close.


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