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Old 06-06-2003, 01:42 PM
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I've been going back and forth wondering whether or not to post this. What do you think?
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Old 06-06-2003, 02:08 PM
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e.b. -- you should always feel free to post! Even if you end up getting constructive criticism, it should be helpful.

I must admit that there's something that bothers me about it -- it's like the effect on the water makes it look like the boat is sinking -- is that your intention? The girl's expression seems more distraught, but not enough for that situation -- IF the boat is sinking . Her face appears to me to have been affected by the technique applied to the water - on her right side (facing). The oar was also chopped off at the bottom -- this girl is gonna have a hard time getting out this situation!

That said, I like the sense of movement to the water - how did you achieve that particular look? My "twirls" and the like don't look as realistic as I'd like.
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Old 06-06-2003, 03:28 PM
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Thanks for the critique. That's what I want to hear.

Boy, you sure saw a lot more in that than I did. Actually, when I look at it again, I see what you mean by the boat sinking. I wasn't trying to show that, I was just doing it too fast and didn't have time to do anything about it. I was also trying to leave the girl a little sharper than the rest by erasing some of the smudging. There again, I didn't spend enough time with it.

As for the water, I just used a soft brush with the smudge tool and twirled it a little. Borrowing from Steve(Trimoon) I then used USM at about 500, radius 5 and threshhold 0. Varying the amount gives you more or less subtle brush strokes. I also masked the girl so it wouldn't overdo her.

All in all, this may have not been the best picture to try all of that on.

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Old 06-06-2003, 04:07 PM
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C.J.- That's a great look. Like many techniques, it can distort the facies, so if you just squeeked a little teeny bit of the face back in, it would be perfect. Thanks for sharing.

E.B.- I have GIVEN UP the blur thing. It's just never clicked with me at all. I think I'm too ham fisted!

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Old 06-06-2003, 04:47 PM
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e.b. -- different eyes see different things -- not necessarily what's really there, but what the viewer sees. We're all learning here, and I have a lot to learn about critiquing my own work and that of others. We could spend forever on one piece and still end up with someone wondering why we did such and such , so don't let my questions impede your work. I truly enjoy the photographic work you have submitted to RPro, and you definitely have an eye for composition, lighting, and color. Note: Be sure to see BillM's recommendation for my submission.

BillM -- you make a good point about my version -- needing to keep more of the natural look of the girl's face. I remember wondering about that also, but wasn't sure how to bring it back at the time, and had grown fond of what I was doing. (who needs to see her face, I'm enjoying the colors and textures!? )

Bill - thanks again for the use of your image! What a wonderful trip you must have had.

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Old 06-06-2003, 04:57 PM
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who needs to see her face, I'm enjoying the colors and textures!?

You crack me up CJ!

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Old 06-08-2003, 10:57 PM
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A lot of humor going on here at the end......CJ Agree with Jeaniesa, Your cute comment about "No need to see her face!!


That;s great, cause I wonder if "hair" is included......Not this one but the next. You will see what I mean.

There are both with MikeF new action.... Angelo.
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Old 06-08-2003, 11:03 PM
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With this actions you need to paint.....however, there is no easer

Thus her hair just kept growing, in an effort to correct paint slips.... So CJ just notice the texture and deep blue water......

here she is......
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Old 06-09-2003, 12:41 AM
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Goldcoin,

Ooooooh -- deep blue waters!
Ooooooh -- interesting texture!

Ooooooh -- Hair...
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Old 06-09-2003, 05:17 AM
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I'm not sure I'm awake yet.

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