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THE Beach

By iancrowson  
Lifeguard Station Miami Beach.
Everybody seems to be posting arty-fied pics. I thought I would throw in my effort.
Where can this be improved apart from a trip to the trash bin?
Comments and measurements of the horizon most welcome.
V2 is just along the beach early one morning.
There must be twenty of these huts along the long beach, all different.
Thanks for looking.
Ian

Tags: Digitally manipulated Digital art Landscape and travel

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Sooty_1 6 1.5k 220 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2012 1:47PM
A pleasant scene, reminiscent of a Jack Vettriano setting! The big hut is balanced by the brolly and chairs, and a version with the hut smaller might be good too.

Nick

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iancrowson Plus
6 211 142 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2012 2:03PM
Nick
Thanks, you might have guessed i have a book of his paintings. Yes the hut is too big and maybe a bit too far from the chairs. I need some instructions for some clever work in photoshop here. In fact you have just given me an idea.........yes ,thanks
Ian
Billyray 8 70 3 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2012 4:30PM
No critique from me Ian ( I'm not that good ) I do however prefer V2 the sunrise shot. Only passed through Miami on the way to the Keys, always felt we should have stayed overnight at the least.
Ray
iancrowson Plus
6 211 142 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2012 4:42PM
Ray
Thanks for the feed back. We stayed a week. Lots for a photographer I could really bore this gallery with art deco images!
Ian
Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
6 Nov 2012 7:06PM
V1 for me, but for my mind it lacks a little punch and contrast and thus appears somewhat washed out, this maybe how you wanted it I don't know, but I'd added a mod just so you can see what I mean. I just simply pushed the contrast up a little.

Ade
iancrowson Plus
6 211 142 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2012 10:42PM
Ade
I can see your point. Quite a difference. I'm still very much playing with this technique and looking for ideas, thanks for your input
Ian
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3510 Canada
7 Nov 2012 2:55PM
I like where youre going with this Ian. I have a feeling youre trying to emulate a recent upload.


Ive loaded 2 interpretations for perusal.


Willie
iancrowson Plus
6 211 142 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2012 4:25PM
Willie
The second is spot on putting the hut and the chairs closer together. How did you cut a slice out, or did you push?
I actually did this image a few months ago using a trial of Topaz Simplify and came back to it after seeing the squashed pics. I have been playing with stretching shores but no squashing...yet!

Thanks everyone who made an input. Any pointers in any direction most welcome. You guessed it, I want to be a watercolour artist but can't paint. I am waiting for more images of tropical beaches which I should grab this winter.

Ian
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3510 Canada
7 Nov 2012 5:53PM
For mod2, on a later, I used the marquee tool and selected the hut; I used transform>scale to make it a little smaller; this will result in parts of the sea and sand that are in the selection being also re sized, so use a mask to remove as much as possible, then flatten. You will still have some areas not lining up with the original horizon, the shadow, some odds and ends that you just use the close tool to correct. The hut being smaller makes it appear closer, though its position has not changed. Give it a try,- its not too difficult. I also stretched the original longer (height) by resizing the image without locking the aspect ratio, - so increase height independently of width. Played with a selection of filters, etc.

If you have CS6, I found an interesting way to change images under Image>Adjustments>Colour Lookup, which I didnt know existed until yesterday, - if you have CS6, or anyone else reading, check it out.


Willie
iancrowson Plus
6 211 142 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2012 6:10PM
Thanks for that Willie
I've had the hut selected and played with size, my problems being to put it back on the beach ok.Yours looks fine as the image gets more blurred and distorted. I have an image in my mind I'm working towards.
Ian
paulbroad 9 116 1056 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2012 9:17PM
Looks like a pastel drawing. Interesting. Is it still a photograph. No, but that is not necessarily a negative, a photograph started it, and I can live with that. I quite like it as presented. Pub wall art.
Paul
iancrowson Plus
6 211 142 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2012 9:39PM
Paul,
Thank you, a posh pub I hope,
Ian
BarbaraR 10 17 1 England
12 Dec 2012 7:36PM
I like this very much and as poster 1 said, it reminded me of
Jack Vettriano.

B.

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