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May 24, 2019 02:18:18   #
Linda From Maine wrote:
My inspiration often comes from UHH: something posted, something said, something suggested. I'm always in search of the next shiny object

Here are three examples:

1. MinnieV mentioned the pattern clone stamp. I already had a bit of experience with making my own brushes from yet another topic, so I created a couple of pattern stamps and a couple more brushes, and just kept working more layers to achieve a lot of depth and (hopefully) visual interest.

2. Several times when I've posted a photo of birds resting on the wires of hops growing apparatus (with twine hanging down after harvest), someone mentions "music score." I found a fun effect in the online editing app, befunky, for this.

3. A couple of years ago Ebrunner hosted a share topic where we were to post photos that defined the areas we live in. I suddenly remembered when I first moved here, I was enthralled with all the tiny coffee kiosks seemingly on every corner of Yakima. So for Erich's thread, I spent the morning shooting those and did this collage.
My inspiration often comes from UHH: something pos... (show quote)

Could you just nip back and make sure ‘Dreamgirls’ is a coffee shop Linda, it may be a different type of establishment!
May 24, 2019 02:11:31   #
I reckon bleirer’s suggestion is the simplest way to recovery - but make a selection of the area to be cloned first and use a new layer with ‘current & below’ selected when cloning. That way you will not run into edge problems and can always start again if needs be. I am assuming Ps is available.
May 21, 2019 11:31:36   #
Linda From Maine wrote:
Looks great, Dave. I will always be with you

Knew I could rely on you!
May 21, 2019 07:01:07   #
magnetoman wrote:
....that nods unashamedly at my hero!

Lots of layers, lots of straight painting, filters, brushes, and several shots from the Broadgauge shoot I've featured previously. It may be too far/twee/splodgy for you - but I'd like your critique and/or thoughts if you feel inclined. They will be appreciated.

For anyone that is still with me on this, just wanted to show the final effort after changes largely suggested by respondents to the original. Many thanks, especially to ArtBob and NikonGal.

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May 21, 2019 04:38:59   #
Sorry about the quality’s digital!

May 20, 2019 18:29:25   #
BigAl wrote:
I think you have cracked it. well done. To my basic knowledge of his methods you have applied most of his techniques without getting covered in paint. I would add, don't go the whole hog and spit on the screen to blur, this could be fatal and would deprive us all of your talent. To sum up an Impressive impression

Thanks Alan. I’m just making the final touches before printing - some suggested improvements that I think work, but no spitting!
May 20, 2019 11:08:57   #
Love them all Brent - inventive, artistic and fun, all of them!
May 20, 2019 11:03:15   #
A very nice set Bill. #2 is my favourite but I think you could enhance the arches more - a bit of lightening as Keni suggests whilst retaining the frame you rightly set-out to capture. The receding arches could be made more obvious with some detail work. It’s a super composition worthy of that extra effort.
May 20, 2019 03:45:58   #
cambriaman wrote:
Excellent interpretation. Gives the viewer the feel of the speed and the rush of the train. Good job!

Thanks cambriaman, glad you like it.
May 19, 2019 18:39:14   #
AndyH wrote:
I'd put it this way. Some works of art tell a story, some ask a question.


👍 That will do me Andy.
May 19, 2019 18:37:21   #
dpullum wrote:
It is good for photographers to commune with famous artists in this case,magnetoman says Turner. He is rather old now since he did his painting in the early 1800s. See many examples... you have his permission to emulate his work with photography... he would be flattered. Amsel Adams no longer uses Photoshop... they raised the price and now tell you that you will be sued for using anything older than two issues back... Farewell, old greedy king.

Turner Photos: Turner, John Mallord William (1775-1851).
It is good for photographers to commune with famou... (show quote)

That’s a nice Turner link you’ve provided Don, expect a flood of Impressionism to hit UHH shortly!
Tell AA not to worry about Adobe hearsay, my insider says it’s all a mistake - see my two screenshots from her email.


May 19, 2019 15:51:16   #
NikonGal wrote:
I really enjoyed your image. I like your use of light in the water, sky, and the steam/smoke around the engine. I like your layers of painting (Topaz Impression?) and your color palette. Your subject is well emphasized by the contrast of black & brown. The rest of the scene supports your theme, it doesn't distract. I don't mind the vignette, maybe if it was a touch more subtle and not just the corners. Regardless, well done. Bev

Impression is one of the filters and I think the other was a texture, again Topaz and both used selectively so that things such as the two loco’s, the viaduct and the figures didn’t disappear altogether. Before that there’s a layer of solid yellow and others that paint-in parts of the brown viaduct, plus several layers used to clone odd bits and pieces - a very useful way of using that tool and the results can be dumped later if you change your mind. The background is four or five images blended together.
That vignette was much more severe as offered by Topaz so I reduced it - but any adjustment is quite harsh. I’m changing the track area to splay it out a bit and lighten as Bob suggests earlier - perhaps I’ll add my own vignette, which will be more controllable, before printing.
Many thanks for your critique Bev, I appreciate your time.
May 19, 2019 15:38:46   #
amyinsparta wrote:
For me it's a dreamscape. Beautiful!

Pleased you like it Amy, thanks for commenting.
May 19, 2019 10:26:58   #
dpullum wrote:
Photos should tell a story... this one doesn't... it does, however, give elements of a story to us and we create the story from the elements. This technique is classic in impressionistic paintings and it goes deeper into the human psyche than a photo or painting that gives one well-defined story.

Well done Magnetoman

Turner was a master of the art of course Don - and this crib starts with him, I’m not claiming any credit personally! He did a similarly-themed image of a boat coming into harbour that I particularly like and I may make an attempt at something along those lines. I know I need to go it alone sometime but for now he makes a useful guide.
Many thanks for your observations, much appreciated.
May 19, 2019 03:58:10   #
AndyH wrote:
It may be a wee bit twee, but I like the bit of splodginess. A splendid, wall-worthy image.


Thank you Andy, glad you like it.
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