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The Forest

By espresso
I wanted to create a mood of magic. Combining art with photography.Would like feedback.

Tags: Specialist and abstract Forest scene Magic forest

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Jasper87 Plus
11 2.8k 158 England
8 Jul 2017 8:09AM
Not my area of expertise (if I actually have one!) so not really a critique but I do like what I see, very effective.
PhilT2 Plus
11 561 32 England
8 Jul 2017 10:13AM
I like your final image and generally it has achieved what you set out to create. It would be useful to have some idea how you created it. Layers, textures etc
I very much like the dark areas of the lower part of the image, but I feel that the fade out at the top rather dilutes the atmosphere.
I would perhaps crop the top to remove the extreme light area and perhaps add a dark feathered vignette to the top half to close the border and thereby contain the magic.
I do like it and I also enjoy manipulating images so I was intrigued by the thumbnail and considered giving a user award until I realised you had put it up for critique.
Very good work !
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2459 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2017 2:10PM
Hi Bernard, good to see you in the Critique Gallery again!

You've stated your intention, and you succeeded. This is magical. I have spent quite an entertaining little while identifying the individual leaves (nice use of fennel or dill leaves for that feathery effect).

I would love to know how this was done, I suspect that it maybe involved laying the leaves on textured glass, with controlled light below? A tutorial would be fascinating, I have a friend who is a still life specialist who will love this.

I agree with Phil about a crop. My main quibbles were the dark streak on the right, which affects the balance, and the lighter arc at the bottom. I've uploaded a modification, I cropped using your aspect ratio but on reflection I should have left a little more space at the top.

I also added a hint of dark vignette, to enhance the feel of a secret, hidden place; and brightened the central area very gently for that golden glow.

Just suggestions, this is a gorgeous image and would get my User Award in the main gallery.

pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2017 8:47PM
You have created a magical image, Bernard, and there are some others in your portfolio that I like equally.

I understand that you don't use Photoshop, but create your own works of art.
I was so intrigued that I zoomed in close to see if I could understand what you used.
It's quite a unique style, so keep doing what you do.

I have no critique to add.

Robert51 12 7 124 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2017 8:42AM
I just love what you have done here.

I understand what Moira is saying about dark streak within the image but adds that dark edge that most dreams have.

My mod is just my take on it, hope you like it.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1878 England
11 Jul 2017 5:10PM
Definitely magical.

I also feel balance is a question - my own feeling is that the bottom right is rather dark, rather than that the top is light. Moira and Robert have sorted it in their mods, even if that wasn't their intention.

This could work as a very light and airy picture, I think.
11 Jul 2017 10:16PM
A big thank you to all who commented on this image. The mods were appreciated and I must admit that the mods by Dudler and Robert bring out the feeling of magic.
I have a few more which I would like you guys to comment on. Regards. Bernard.

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