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Old 06-19-2009, 02:54 AM
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Fine Art Technique

Im struggling like a mother to get a technique down.

In the following, Id like to replicate the tones, conversion and obviously the dodging and burning. What do you think has been done in this image. I know it's a long exposure.

It's actually quite a simple picture but it's the technique that brings it alive and Im failing badly there.

Is it Dodging & Burning, Vignetting e.t.c, Curves, Sepia..

http://www.denisolivier.com/p_sets.php?pid=935

Thanks in advance..

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Old 06-19-2009, 04:26 AM
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Re: Fine Art Technique

Mostly the pictures are just one focal point that is very sharp, and the rest is a combo of vignetting, gradients, blur, and motion blur all to focus your eye tward the one focal point.

Lots of leading lines, or leading elements to guide the eye to its desination.

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Old 06-19-2009, 04:48 AM
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Re: Fine Art Technique

Thanks for the reply, yes it does help, I see it more now you've stated it, I suppose my technique for doing this needs more work.

I noticed the sky areas and ground areas, are darkened to take the viewers eye in, how would you approach this, is this what would be called local adjustments, where you work/darken that area.

Me. I probably would use a multiply layer / mask and badly blend, darken the areas back in gradually??

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Old 06-19-2009, 06:06 AM
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Re: Fine Art Technique

Or just use the vignette tool in Lens Blur filter.
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Old 06-19-2009, 06:10 AM
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Re: Fine Art Technique

Would normally do that too, I just thought the burning was more localised to the areas wanted, but could apply a large vignette and blend in/out??

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Old 06-19-2009, 06:32 AM
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Re: Fine Art Technique

I usually make a layer with black, cut out a circle in the middle, set to Overlay and use some heavy Gaussian Blur, when needed to darken a little more and add contrast.
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Old 06-19-2009, 06:36 AM
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Re: Fine Art Technique

Cheers. Will try that technique and see the results...
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Old 06-19-2009, 07:50 AM
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Re: Fine Art Technique

There's a certain tone to the image a fine art tone, any ideas??
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Old 06-19-2009, 08:27 AM
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Re: Fine Art Technique

Yes, the foreground has the look of being lit separately with strobes. Its probably not but thats feeling I get from the light on the fence"fence" that sem to come from different directions.
I love that look and try to make my outdoors portraits have that mix of strobes and natural light.
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Old 06-20-2009, 11:12 AM
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Re: Fine Art Technique

Yeah, images hosted by artlimited.net are stunning...
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