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PHOTO ART: Mini-challenge #76 – Snowy Egret

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Old 01-19-2003, 01:55 PM
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I was trying for an oriental water color feeling, with the bird walking through mist.

I'm sure I didn't get it quite right...

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Old 01-19-2003, 03:56 PM
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Tried a straightforward watercolor effect. BuzzPro Simplify, Paint daubs, Splatter, switched to Painter 7 to apply watercolor brush to water and reflection then added a water paper texture.

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Old 01-20-2003, 02:25 AM
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Phyllis,
Nice shot, I like the reflection, soooo here is my rendition of your image.
It's not my shot, unfortunately. This lovely photo was taken by Trimoon (Steve).

Al, that metallic sheen is great...really adds punch and depth.

Alan and CJ, love the boldness of all your renditions!

Wow, Amanda, that is awesome! Would you share the method with us?

Jim, great watercolor. Where did you find that texture...one of Painter's standard ones?

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Old 01-20-2003, 06:36 AM
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It's not my shot, unfortunately. This lovely photo was taken by Trimoon (Steve).
Phyllis
Doh! Sorry Steve and Phyllis, I should learn to read more carefully.

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Old 01-20-2003, 10:31 AM
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Originally posted by pstewart
Where did you find that texture...one of Painter's standard ones?

In PS7, Filter/Sketch/Water Paper.

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Old 01-20-2003, 12:19 PM
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Wow, Amanda, that is awesome! Would you share the method with us?
If I can remember how I did it...

I isolated the bird from the water, took out a few of the major reflections, and smudged the legs to make them look longer. Then I desaturated the bird through the channel mixer and upped the contrast a bit to bring out more of the outlines. Then I erased (roughly) most of the interior of the bird, leaving some of the gray where I felt it was appropriate.

I colorized the interior of the bird with yellow, pink, and blue, ran it through a gaussian blur and dropped the opacity waaaay down.

Then I painted in the background with a nice dun color using the charchol brush smear in photoshop. Used the same brush on a different layer for the mist. Dropped opacity on each.

Then I ran the entire image through a watercolor filter, faded that tremendously, then did another watercolor filter and faded that at as well.

After I posted, I thought that I should have applied a texture to the paper. After reading JB's last post, I think the water paper would be good!
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Old 01-20-2003, 08:49 PM
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Here's mine, I thought since he/she's a snowy egret, I might as well make it snowy.

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Old 01-21-2003, 01:43 AM
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Thanks, Amanda. You put a lot of work into it, and it certainly paid off!

Ken, nice job making it snow in Florida! Poor thing...brrrrr.

Since you made the snowy egret into a Canadian species, then I get to turn him into a black heron, right? We don't see snowy egrets in Illinois, but we do have a lot of herons of all varieties, and you often see them wading in swampy ponds, thus the green replacing the clear blue Florida waters. This is supposed to have an oriental flavor, as though it's painted on rough handmade paper...didn't quite get the paper texture I wanted though.

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Old 01-21-2003, 01:49 AM
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Many folks here have been adding interesting frames and borders, and I think it really enhances certain pics. This is one such pic, I think. This frame is the result of Flaming Pear silver filter with a hole cut out of the center to make it a frame, followed by pattern adj layer for embossing shadows. Soft light blend let the background water show through.

Can't recall how I got the pearly look on the pic...involved lots of blend modes, and screen was certainly one of them...but I am getting so old that I can't recall today what I did yesterday. Sigh.

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Old 01-21-2003, 02:18 AM
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Nice one on the Black-headed Heron Phyllis (that's what we call that guy down here!).
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