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Figure I

By Kot
Kind of Photoshop experimental exercise with textures and blending modes. I tried to get old, bleached photography effect. I feel there's general problem with composition, but I couldn't decide how to crop it. All comments much appreciated.

Tags: General Black and white Pets and captive animals

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kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
18 Jul 2009 5:39PM
A lovely animal, is one of its eyes blue? I forgot to mention in the mod that I blurred the background too.
SueEley 15 279 96 Wales
18 Jul 2009 6:57PM
Meant also to say, used shadows and highlights to get some more detail back in dog's coat - seemed rather black. Fun shot to work on and interesting what you have done.
malc_c 14 2 167 England
18 Jul 2009 7:36PM
Hi Tomasz, and welcome to ephotozine.

You have an interesting result certainly, and worth remembering what you did for future reference.

However, I don't think the technique works for this picture for two reasons. First the dog and the background look like they are from separate images, even from separate era's, and that presents us with a question that we have no answer to. Second, although your subject is interestingly mobile, it would be more interesting if we could see more of what is actually happening.

malcolm
Kot 11 7 1 Poland
18 Jul 2009 11:18PM
Thank you for your comments. I really like modifications by SueEley. I'm at very early stage of using Photoshop. It's sort of childish approach: "Let's do this and that, and then see what we've got". I hope I will be able to use this tool more creatively to achieve coherent final effect. Malcolm, you're right. There's action but no story.
NEWMANP 13 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2009 11:27PM
hi Tom
difficult to comment on images like this as generally they will either typically go unnoticed or can win salon awards, there is something very compelling about the position of the dog, its direct eye contact and its positioning within the frame. i cant help but feel its more than a happy accident

im not sure how you arrived at your effect and i see where you are going but im not sure about the texture, i like the toning and the semi sepia but feel its losing something in the highlights.

in terms of composition, forget the crop, thats bang right, as is the tone and detail of the dog, but i think i would continue to experiment with the background details.

hope this helps,
regards,
Phil
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2223 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2009 11:09AM
Looking beyond the effect you have used, in an attempt to picture what the original looked like, I see a dog playing in the sand on a beach, trying to dig something up, quite animated in its effort and having lots of fun, then you came along with your camera, and caught its attention. As such, considering the dog was so busy, you got a good sharp shot, and I like the position of its ears. Conversely, as the image is shown here, it reminds me of the Hound of The Baskervilles, menacing and dark. All it needs is some fluorescence on the dog, lol. I'm therefore not sure that this is an ideal subject for the effect you were trying to achieve. It proves, however, how much difference the effect can make to the atmosphere of an image. For that, I applaud your effort.
Pamela.

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