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Old 06-04-2003, 04:11 PM
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Girl on the Amazon

This is my sentimental favorite of all the photos I took on a trip to the Peruvian Amazon last Fall. I don't NEED to do anything to it, but the fact is nothing I've tried in the way of artistic interpretation pleases me. So... I'm curious to see what you can do. I hope you like it.
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p.s. To balance out this challenge, my next post will be an image that EVERYTHING seems to work on!
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Old 06-04-2003, 04:19 PM
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A cropped version is probably better to work with. So here is that also. Bill
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Old 06-04-2003, 05:26 PM
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Bill, what a great picture, I can see why its your favorite.

I started out with a sketch and got sidetracked, so this is what I ended up with.

-Lisa
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Old 06-04-2003, 05:42 PM
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I enjoyed working on this image very much Thanks Bill!

Lisa - sidetracked??? I would say in a very nice direction. I like the lines and the color you got with this. It has a sketch/watercolor look.

I went for a dark ink/water color look.
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Old 06-04-2003, 06:48 PM
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Bill, This is a great shot. It reminds me of one that I took in Viet Nam. It was difficult to figure out what if anything could be done to it without making it worse. I hope I did it justice.

I chose to work on the cropped version - mostly because the technique I applied really only works with a strong "subject". I used Lisa Neal's pencil sketch technique (though I like to call it high-key B&W). Added just a hint of color back to the girl. Then framed - which actually took me the longest of anything else I did! None of the colors I tried seemed to work, but I finally settled on this color combo.

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Old 06-04-2003, 07:35 PM
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Bill - yes, a great picture - thanks for sharing with us. I am quite envious of your trip!
Lisa - I like what you ended up with - even if you were sidetracked - hope you can remember how you got there!
Jill - nice dark ink effect
Jeanie ... you deserve a WOW on that one ... nice 'high-key BW' and the frame is perfect.
I was trying for a 'moody' effect ... probably ended up too dark.
Regards to all!
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Old 06-04-2003, 07:47 PM
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Of course, I just had to do a 2nd one ... this one looks like the boat is flooding! (oh well!)
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Old 06-04-2003, 08:57 PM
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How rude of me not to comment on other's work as I was rushing to post my own. Sorry about that!

Lisa - I like how you added more blue to the water. The water is kind of "flat" otherwise (though I'm sure the original photo is the true color.) I like the softness that you achieved everywhere except the girl's face. I wish her eyes and other facial features were a bit more defined. Even so, I like the effect you achieved. Sometimes getting side tracked produces great results!

Jill - You also added blue to the water. Nice job! I love the colors in your version, but the ink is a tad on the heavy side for me - esp. on the water (where I don't expect to see edges - except along the edge of the reflection which I really like) and on the girl's face. Her features are so delicate, the heavy ink seems to lose that. Then again, it does give it a very different feeling and perhaps that's what you were going for! I really like your water though!

BillC - Wow, your first version really changes the mood of the picture! I like how you've darkened it and yet I can still see her expression very clearly. The only thing I might change is that her shorts seem to compete with her face for my attention because they are brighter than the face.

And I really like your second version, but you're right about it looking like there's water in the boat. Too bad, because I really like the effect otherwise! Did you use Paint Engine for this one?

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Old 06-04-2003, 09:29 PM
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Yes Jeanie "but the ink is a tad on the heavy side for me " it was for me too! I even removed some! I need to practice more with that style.

Love the way yours came out - soft! subtle and those eyes!

Bill I like both submission - but the darkness you got on the one has an interesting effect with the image.

I went in a different direction on the second one I did.

Used layers, emboss, cut out, paint engine, gradiand and lighting, and several textures while rotaiting the image.
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Old 06-04-2003, 09:39 PM
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This was not an easy picture to work with...all the more fun. It is a great picture but hard.

Spinnz I think it came out looking somewhat like a sketch. Very nice.

Jeannie.. soft smooth with just the right amount of color.

Bill C the first one has the look of a full moon lite night. Beautiful.

Here is mine....Lots of layers. Pattern stamp, smudge and filters.

Jean
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