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Winter has arrived

By cedaray
Took this photo in full colour but then decided to try and tone it down which I think is more pleasing on the eye, maybe wrong but would love your comments.

Tags: General Winter snow

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bazza21 11 23 1 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2016 6:06PM
is very pleasing picture to look at and I would be very interesting in learning what you did and how you did it. This is the sort of picture that would look good hanging on your wall. Barry

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pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2099 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2016 9:26PM
You are presenting us with a picture that has had an effect applied to it, Ray, and it is therefore difficult to give critique.
You haven't just "toned it down".
Can you upload the original, in the modifications section, please?

mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2119 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2016 9:51PM
Find edges, or something similar? It's difficult to critique an upload like this without seeing the original. It's an attractive composition, with the path snaking out of sight. What works particularly well is the very sparse, thin colour.

Two areas that are less successful, I think:

The dense foliage below the trees on the right shows signs of over-sharpening, the texture there has a 2-dimensional effect. Maybe soften a little before applying the filter?

And the vertical beams in the fence seem to be detached from the horizontals, because you have lost the upper surfaces of those horizontal beams. Maybe try burning them in before applying the filter?
Steve-T Plus
12 56 66 England
25 Sep 2016 8:58PM
There are lots of effects about - particularly apps that turn photos into paintings, adding textures, frames etc. Most of these are good fun and some have been used very effectively. The find edges filter is probably used in a number of these apps e.g. Watercolour simulation. In this case, used on its own, i am not sure it adds anything to the subject - I don't get winter arrived from the effect - the original would probably portray it better (if it could be seen). The assessment of an effect is whether it enhances the subject rather than being the subject -imo
dudler Plus
16 996 1553 England
26 Sep 2016 8:33AM
Welcome to the Critique Gallery, Ray. You're a longstanding site member, but this looks like your first post for critique.

Strong filters are very Marmite. Love, or hate. So there's a risk here.

Really, we need to see the original so we can see what you've toned down. Colour? Would desaturation work Better, I wonder?

It's an interesting, not unpleasant look. The big question is whether it needs more fine tuning... And, maybe, whether this treatment Is true to the 'feel' of the scene that you experienced.

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