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Moon reflection on a pond (fanciful)
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Sep 15, 2018 17:21:39   #
Linda From Maine Loc: Yakima, Washington State, home since 2002
 
These kinds of creations are mostly thumbs-up/thumbs down, I know, but if you have any particular like/dislike, or feedback relative to the story I've suggested by my title, I'm all ears! Many thanks for your time.


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Sep 15, 2018 17:34:49   #
Cwilson341 Loc: Central Florida
 
I think this is very creative. To me, the colors seem too bright to be a moon reflection. My first impression was more of a tropical reflection, maybe in a partly shady area. The tree trunks resemble palms and the reflected green resembles palms or ferns. I think I would ditch the bug. Without the bug, it is a very cool abstract however you interpret it.

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Sep 15, 2018 17:39:47   #
Linda From Maine Loc: Yakima, Washington State, home since 2002
 
Cwilson341 wrote:
I think this is very creative. To me, the colors seem too bright to be a moon reflection. My first impression was more of a tropical reflection, maybe in a partly shady area. The tree trunks resemble palms and the reflected green resembles palms or ferns. I think I would ditch the bug. Without the bug, it is a very cool abstract however you interpret it.
Thanks for your feedback, Carol! Great point about the colors - and you would know "tropical" reflections better than I

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Sep 15, 2018 18:59:05   #
kenievans Loc: Dallas
 
I like the bug. It gives it a focal point. Great colors but without the bug to me it looks like a piece of material you would use to make a sarong. A beautiful sarong though. Maybe you should consider a second career in textile design.

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Sep 15, 2018 19:04:42   #
Linda From Maine Loc: Yakima, Washington State, home since 2002
 
kenievans wrote:
I like the bug. It gives it a focal point. Great colors but without the bug to me it looks like a piece of material you would use to make a sarong. A beautiful sarong though. Maybe you should consider a second career in textile design.
LOL, a sarong here and a quilt of the one I sent via pm. You could be right! Many thanks for your comments, Keni.

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Sep 15, 2018 19:55:22   #
RichardTaylor Loc: Sydney, Australia
 
I like the light and contrasting colours.

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Sep 15, 2018 19:57:04   #
Linda From Maine Loc: Yakima, Washington State, home since 2002
 
RichardTaylor wrote:
I like the light and contrasting colours.
Thank you, Richard!

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Sep 15, 2018 21:59:59   #
ebrunner Loc: New Jersey Shore
 
Linda From Maine wrote:
These kinds of creations are mostly thumbs-up/thumbs down, I know, but if you have any particular like/dislike, or feedback relative to the story I've suggested by my title, I'm all ears! Many thanks for your time.


It looks like there is foliage in the water. That is an important plus element in this composition. I also really like the highlights on the wings of the dragonfly. I have no idea how you managed this shot; but it is pretty cool. I'm guessing you got really lucky with the fly landing on a stem that was perfectly placed for this composition. The twig itself is a nice curve and helps your composition. The colors are a bit over the top; but I have a suspicion that is exactly what you were looking for. Very captivating and engaging. Another success.
Erich

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Sep 15, 2018 23:44:22   #
Linda From Maine Loc: Yakima, Washington State, home since 2002
 
ebrunner wrote:
It looks like there is foliage in the water. That is an important plus element in this composition. I also really like the highlights on the wings of the dragonfly. I have no idea how you managed this shot; but it is pretty cool. I'm guessing you got really lucky with the fly landing on a stem that was perfectly placed for this composition. The twig itself is a nice curve and helps your composition. The colors are a bit over the top; but I have a suspicion that is exactly what you were looking for. Very captivating and engaging. Another success.
Erich
It looks like there is foliage in the water. That ... (show quote)
Thank you Erich! The fly was added from another shot The rest is from two additional photos, with everything but the vertical tree trunks added either via brushes I made (lupine leaves, teasel) or via a "pattern" of one of my pics via clone/pattern with a fern brush (not my own).

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Sep 16, 2018 05:03:52   #
ebrunner Loc: New Jersey Shore
 
Linda From Maine wrote:
Thank you Erich! The fly was added from another shot The rest is from two additional photos, with everything but the vertical tree trunks added either via brushes I made (lupine leaves, teasel) or via a "pattern" of one of my pics via clone/pattern with a fern brush (not my own).


You are really getting good at those brushes. I admit to not really understanding the technique at all. (I'm going to have to go back and re-read your posts about brushes ). It's a really interesting photo and now hearing how you did it it becomes even more fascinating. Which ties into a previous conversation about what techniques are "fair" in photography. Short answer: Everything that helps you make a better photo.
Erich

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Sep 16, 2018 06:22:40   #
John N Loc: HP14 3QF Stokenchurch, UK
 
A thumbs down from me, sadly, Linda. Just can't see anything in it other than perhaps a piece of a lost Monet. But I like the idea and think the reflection and the insect in a sharp image would look nice.

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Sep 16, 2018 07:43:47   #
Linda From Maine Loc: Yakima, Washington State, home since 2002
 
John N wrote:
A thumbs down from me, sadly, Linda. Just can't see anything in it other than perhaps a piece of a lost Monet. But I like the idea and think the reflection and the insect in a sharp image would look nice.
I appreciate your candor, John. Thank you for your time!

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Sep 16, 2018 09:16:16   #
JohnCl Loc: Central Arizona
 
Hi Linda, I see this on canvas with some kind of clear gel applied to give brush stroke texture. I love the concept.

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Sep 16, 2018 09:33:08   #
Jimmy T Loc: Quicksburg, Virginia
 
Linda, I really like this shot!
Linda From Maine wrote:
These kinds of creations are mostly thumbs-up/thumbs down, I know, but if you have any particular like/dislike, or feedback relative to the story I've suggested by my title, I'm all ears! Many thanks for your time.



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Sep 16, 2018 09:53:42   #
CSand Loc: Fayetteville, Georgia
 
Experiment with the fly on top and fern toward bottom. I like the brownish streak going horizontal. Makes abstract easier on the eyes. Sorry but I find the color harsh. That is just me and some would prefer the boldness of color. You know I feel that we all have different taste and that is wonderfully ok.

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