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Aug 16, 2019 14:57:15   #
Jul 22, 2019 18:40:11   #
Absolutely marvellous! You were lucky to have a camera to hand Dave - what a great story the photos tell. Quality is not always paramount, it’s more important to have the record.
Jul 22, 2019 18:23:02   #
TylerDurdensReel wrote:
Thank you for being gracious about my critique. I realized right after I posted that we weren't in the Photo Gallery section where you would be asking for a critique. I like the photo very much. The lighting, the colors, and that expression has a lot o say.

This is the place to leave critique Tyler - Gallery is for ‘great shot’ sort of response! I only post in three sections - People, Post Processing and For Your Consideration, all of which welcome considered critique. The only exception I make nowadays is if I have a holiday landscape series - that goes in Gallery. That reminds me, I do post in the Landscape section occasionally as they give critique.
Jul 22, 2019 16:34:44   #
She’s illuminated by natural light (from behind her) plus a reflector., so the light on her hand and face is from the reflector, without which she would be in quite deep shadow. I rather like the effect but it is an ‘uplight’, which you may find unnatural. The whites are a lazy mistake in pp which I corrected later - I can’t show you the result as I’m away from my files for a couple of weeks.
Many thanks for your critique Tyler, I appreciate the thought that gone into it.
Jul 19, 2019 12:17:59   #
tommystrat wrote:
I always appreciate it when an OP takes the time to discuss their techniques - especially since that is what this Section is all about!! Interesting and a bit creepy all at once - well done!

I agree Tommy - and have been pleased to see some others doing it. We can’t know all the tricks, so it’s often helpful and always interesting to see how folk go about their pp. Glad you enjoyed this one and thanks for commenting.
Jul 18, 2019 13:28:36   #
NJFrank wrote:
Sometimes an image will come from the most unlucky places. Good to keep our eyes open for the unexpected. Nice PP wok

Exactly, you just never know what’s going to turn up.
Thanks for commenting Frank.
Jul 17, 2019 18:04:49   #
artBob wrote:
Deeply weird, and totally enjoyable.

Now what can be deeply weird about an ugly hedgehog Bob? Perhaps you should claim the fifth rather than answer!
Jul 17, 2019 13:58:35   #
Jul 17, 2019 13:55:21   #
Linda From Maine wrote:
It's very charming! Thanks so much for sharing your process. Did you mean revive your post-holiday spirits? I thought you had already been on an extended holiday

No, we are due a couple of weeks in (according to the long range forecast, a very wet) Yorkshire. Not been over-excited about that but you never know what photo ops will turn up do you? This exercise cheered me enough to think on the positive side of wet dreary landscapes!
Jul 17, 2019 12:22:54   #
I shot this in the car wash diner (yes, I know, very American. It's a cafe, but the sign definitely says diner!).
Anyway, the two little chaps were sitting on the window sill. Took them home (digitally) and opened in Ps together with a sunset sky from our dog walk a couple of evenings ago. Made a copy layer of the livestock and, with both copies sitting on top of the sunset, working on the top copy, I chose 'select, colour range' and picked the highlights. Created a layer mask, inverted it, set the layer to Multiply and reduced opacity to taste. Added the wall to the layer mask to improve clarity. Next, I added a layer mask to the lower copy and masked-off the window to let the sunset sky come through more. Then, took it back to Lr and, using the spot removal tool, INSERTED the missing hedgehog eye. It's a useful tool at times. Some selective luminosity adjustments to put the colours where I wanted them and the job was pretty much done.
You may find all this a tad boring - and the result less than worthwhile but it only took a few moments and revived my pre-holiday spirits! Let me know what you think please, I always appreciate critique.

Jul 16, 2019 09:44:38   #
rborud wrote:
Thanks magnetoman for your comments. As I told Linda there is a difference in the dances that are done. RBorud

I saw another shot on Viewbug that was probably the fellow in this one of yours, but it was pretty much as taken. Certainly didn’t have the impact of yours!
Jul 14, 2019 08:09:15   #
I’ve not been around much lately so had to look back at your last one. Both are great but I much prefer this image, it really is quite stunning. Full body, as Linda says, adds impact galore! The background is a perfect choice and the shadow, whilst almost graphic, works perfectly. Very well done.
Jul 12, 2019 04:40:17   #
Thanks to those that have commented since my last response, I do appreciate it. And yes RG, more chains is something I may well return to - I didn’t have the time before submission deadline but I’d like to see what I can manage.
Jul 11, 2019 08:31:46   #
Thanks to everyone that’s taken a look and commented. It’s always appreciated. Away just now on another Steampunk shoot.
Jul 10, 2019 16:28:01   #
I posted a portrait a couple of weeks back that I intended submitting to our club monthly contest but changed my mind after I created the one published here - and won! That will give me a small discount next time I book one of the club outings, which is nice, but the best bit was hearing a pro tell me he liked the image!
It's a simple composite but took quite a while due to cutting-out and moving chains. The blurry background was created with a Gaussian Blur, which I masked where I wanted the model's face to appear. Hope you like it but whatever your critique, it's welcome.

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