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Goatsmilkuk 13 783
5 Mar 2006 11:20PM
Another great shot, I like this one even more that the last.



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onewildworld 15 696 4 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2006 11:38PM
Certainly interesting to look at Conrad, especially large, where it seems to draw you into the picture.
I'd like to know how you persuaded someone to stand in the middle of a field with their hands in the air though?! Smile

JulieTinton 12 39 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2006 11:41PM
Very clever shot, love the toning and grain! Had a look at your portfolio, you've got some great stuff there! Well done on the HC!

conrad 13 10.9k 116
5 Mar 2006 11:42PM
Hmmm, well, I'm afraid that's me, Dave - if you hadn't guessed that already. I must admit I had to try and ignore some bewildered looks from people who were walking their dogs - but we all have to suffer for our art, right?! ;-D

Thanks, Dave, Stu and Julie!

You too, Pete!

mattmatic 14 598
5 Mar 2006 11:45PM
I like this Conrad Smile
The only things I'm not so sure about are: 1) the amount of grain, 2) that the frame is much sharper than the man and looks a little too "placed" (and it has no shadow).
But they're only minor niggles, because when it's surreal you can look past them Wink
5 Mar 2006 11:54PM
cool picture! i like it alot
iansamuel 14 271 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2006 12:05AM
Like it, good setting, the empty field works well. Have to agree the grain is a bit OTT.

Sus 13 3.2k 9 England
6 Mar 2006 12:08AM
conrad 13 10.9k 116
6 Mar 2006 12:52AM
Thanks, everyone.

Matt - Interesting comments. Since I'd really like to improve the image, if possible, I have a few questions for you (and others are invited to join in and give their opinions, too!):

- Do you indeed think it would help to have less grain, and, if so: why?

- Are the lack of a shadow and the sharpness of the frame the only reasons why you think the frame looks too "placed", or are there other reasons as well?

To be honest, the surreal character of the image justified, in my thinking, leaving it like this, but I'm beginning to wonder if it might indeed improve if I did something about it.

The shadow, I think, might be difficult. If I try to think where it should fall, I think it might be, due to the height at which it's being "held", exactly in that dark spot just to the left of that bush, in which case you wouldn't see it anyway - but I could be wrong.

And the frame: That's obviously been taken from another image, and therefore has a different resolution in relation to the rest of this image. How do I solve that problem?

Any suggestions are highly appreciated - thanks in advance!

vambo 12 151
6 Mar 2006 12:57AM
Its a clever piece, no doubt. I too think the grain is a bit overdone.
Detailed (i.e. hypercritical) comments: The lighting on the frame doesn't match that on the man which makes it look a little unreal (but since it obviously is - that doesn't matter too much). The frame is a little off center in the mans hands, not sure if that was deliberate or not, but I think centered would have been better. Also it might have been an idea to give the man a plank or something to lift, which would have made his posture a little more realistic.
Good work though, overall it works well.
conrad 13 10.9k 116
6 Mar 2006 1:02AM
Sean - Thank you very much for your detailec comments!

But oh boy, I think we're getting into areas of PhotoShop experience I don't have (yet) - I'd really have to get somebody's help in order to fix the lighting on the frame, I think. But I'll ask my wife and see if she can come up with something, she's been using PhotoShop a lot longer than I.

But youve lost me with the suggestion about the plank - do you mean instead of the frame? Because that would defeat the purpose of the whole idea. Or do you mean a plank with the frame on it? Why? Just wondering...

You're right about the frame being off-centre in my hands (it's little old me in there...) - I never thought to check that, suppose I should have. Had my mind too much on getting the contents of the frame exactly right. Good point!

paulcr 13 1.5k 9 Ireland
6 Mar 2006 1:15AM
A good idea, but for me it has too much grain as Sean says. I think his point about the plank was to pose with a plank in your hand and delete it later when putting in the frame to give a more natural pose/grip. PAul
conrad 13 10.9k 116
6 Mar 2006 1:21AM
Ah, I see. Thanks, Paul!

mattmatic 14 598
6 Mar 2006 1:21AM
Conrad - here are a few pointers:
* You can add a very, very slight amount of gaussian blur to the frame (maybe 0.4 would be enough). Has to be judged by eye.

* You can correct the lighting on the frame this way:
- Add a new layer above the frame
- Change the blend mode to "Soft Light"
- Group the layer (so it only affects the frame and nothing else)
- Now use the gradient tool, or a soft brush and paint at 5% or 10% in white or black to lighten or darken (respectively).

* The edges of the frame are also a little "hard". Select the frame (control click on the layer), and add a layer mask. Now with the layer mask selected, run a small gaussian blur - this will smooth out the hard edges. You can also use the blur tool on the mask to do this locally.

* The bush's horizontal position is the centre line at the man's head. The frame would extend left and right of that. Easiest way is:
- add a new layer
- blend mode to multiply
- layer opacity to 20%
- paint with a soft black brush to add a shadow.

Shadows don't have to be much to add to the realism. I discovered this on this image where the matches seemed "placed" until I put just the hint of shadow.

Hope that helps!
conrad 13 10.9k 116
6 Mar 2006 1:34AM
Excellent, excellent, thank you very much, Matt! That gives me something to play with - very useful indeed!

vambo 12 151
6 Mar 2006 2:12AM
Conrad, regarding the plank, I mean to give him something with weight to hold; you'd clone it out and replace with the frame. At the moment it looks like the frame has no weight.
You could try using the render lighting effects on the frame, and it looks to me if you rotated it 180 it might look better - there is a shadow on the rhs and a highlight on the lhs; with some added dodge and burn you could probably simulate the same side light as on the arms.
conrad 13 10.9k 116
6 Mar 2006 3:54AM
Sean, thanks for that further explanation! To be honest, I'm not worried about giving the impression the frame had no weight, due to the surreal nature of the image. But I do care about the lighting, so I'm definitely going to have a look at that. Thanks for making such detailed suggestions!

pfheyes 14 254 1 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2006 5:45AM
Ha! Love it. Smile

The grainy look really appeals to me. Great tones, and another HC in the bag. Great stuff.

conrad 13 10.9k 116
6 Mar 2006 9:56AM
Thanks, Pete. I will, however, try to further improve it. So watch this space!

IRaddict 15 34
6 Mar 2006 12:53PM
Stylish and nicely worked image Conrad, love the scale of things, it works a treat Wink
conrad 13 10.9k 116
6 Mar 2006 1:03PM
Thanks, Steve!

sunshot 13 24 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2006 11:39PM
excellent work, very well done
conrad 13 10.9k 116
7 Mar 2006 6:22AM
Thanks, Marc!

bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
7 Mar 2006 11:11AM
great manipulated work !I 'm not really a friend of manipulated photography but this one is simply perfect !

thanks for sharing

conrad 13 10.9k 116
7 Mar 2006 10:46PM
Thanks, Oliver, for your kind comment!

Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
8 Mar 2006 2:53AM
another great one. but do agree with Matt about the lighting.
But I like it with noise though
conrad 13 10.9k 116
8 Mar 2006 2:57AM
Okay, preference noted. Thanks, Cole. Wink

angelamary 12 6 England
16 Mar 2006 2:07AM
Clever! You must be ever so strong! (Where's the emoticon for 'tongue in cheek'?)

Good image. Well worked!
conrad 13 10.9k 116
16 Mar 2006 4:46AM

CollY 12 14
20 Mar 2006 7:42PM
Very clever and well put together. Love the tones and the noisy feel. Well done
conrad 13 10.9k 116
20 Mar 2006 11:08PM
Thanks, Colleen!

90125 12 3 United Kingdom
12 May 2006 7:16AM
Well though out work.
conrad 13 10.9k 116
12 May 2006 10:20AM
Thanks, Wayne!


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