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Metal Lady

By joycetalks
In camera clubs competitions judges do not like images of other people's art, that is unless you make it yours. So I looked up utube and there was a tutorial there on how to make an image look like metal. It was about using curves in Photoshop. The tutor was saying just to move the curve to a W position. I messed around rather more than that. Got a first with it as the judge really liked it. Funny old world, she was lovely as a statue before that.

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Andysnapper 14 109 25 England
16 Jan 2015 6:36AM
This is very much like a Man Ray image but in colour. Its interesting and I wonder whether it would work in mono?

barbarahirst 14 27 12 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2015 8:42AM
really interesting....
PhilT2 Plus
12 591 34 England
16 Jan 2015 8:48AM
I think your choice of artwork made such a difference to the effect you eventually produced. Great work and attention to form. Not at all surprised that this was so well received at your camera club. Love it and would have awarded it.....but I will place it in my favourites instead.
paulbroad Plus
14 131 1294 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2015 9:16AM
Not a traditional, judge, then! In my club days, and as a circuit judge we rarely saw this kind of thing until the later years. It was, and remains, a matter of choice.

Impossible, almost, to comment on quality, so it's just effect. This has it. The tight crop helps a lot but I do find the colours a little on the flat side. I think the impact would be rather greater with a bit more contrast and even saturation. If you are going to do this, really go for it.

Looking again, it would be only a tiny contrast boost or some of the more delicate tones would go.


mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2527 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2015 9:41AM
Yes I saw Man Ray's solarised work in this, I've uploaded a b&w conversion which I think shows something of that connection. Right down to the hard black outlines on the right...

If you don't know his work, spend some time on Google!

It's good to experiment, but I would go back and question the logic for this.

Quote:judges do not like images of other people's art, that is unless you make it yours.

That's good thinking. But the assumption seems to be that you make it your own image via intrusive processing.

Photographing sculpture is a passion of mine but for me it's about creating your own image by observation and composition, finding the lines that fit into a frame, lines that convey the artist's creativity and your own interpretation of it. Treat a sculpture in the same way as taking a human portrait (or photographing a flower, come to that). Look for the details ,the angle, the light that gives a unique, personal insight.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2527 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2015 12:44PM
Incidentally, it's worth remembering that Man Ray's solarisation was achieved entirely in the darkroom - the technique involved switching on a light immediately above the negative for a brief moment mid-way through the developing stage, effectively a double exposure, with the chemicals already acting. Which illustrates the fact that extreme manipulation of images is nothing new!
paulbroad Plus
14 131 1294 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2015 1:30PM
Extreme manipulation goes back as far as photography. It's just a lot easier. We used to solarize prints rather than negatives but either works. Prints are just easier and cheaper.

TanyaH Plus
19 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2015 4:21PM
Hmm ... definitely an interesting image and comments above. Everything is subjective and while I do like the colours in your original version, I'm finding myself drawn to the black and white mod. There's something so very architectural about it - I find my eyes wandering up and down the slopes and planes of the form, trying to imagine what the original sculpture was like and then just enjoying what's in front of my eyes, instead Smile

Sometimes a solarisation effect works with an image, and sometimes not.

Happily, this is one of the times when it works very well indeed.

pamelajean Plus
16 1.7k 2257 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2015 6:07PM
Well done for your success with this in your camera club.
Remember, you took the original picture, nice and close and well composed, then you went about manipulating it to "make it yours", and very successfully too.
Like Moira, I enjoy photographing works of art. I tend to appreciate them a lot more when I get them home and examine them more closely.

It's difficult to critique a manipulated image, but I would give consideration to the top left corner, perhaps just continuing the blue up into that area.

She may have been lovely as a simple statue, but you have put your stamp on it and created a masterpiece of your own.

dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1937 England
16 Jan 2015 6:28PM
The 'original material' thing is a bit like sampling in modern music: where is one merely recording the beautiful, or the disturbing, and where is the creativity? And what isn't valid about a picture that is merely (merely?) an excellent record shot? Today's record is tomorrow's historical record...

I have to say this is attractive, whatever the origins. So I can see why it appealed to the judge (with Paul's reservation that not all of them are like that!)

And I endorse Moira's comments about Man Ray - a must for any tog aspiring to understand the broader sweep of our addiction: or, indeed, looking for ideas that will be fresh now.
17 Jan 2015 4:28PM
Thank you all for your comments

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