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Wednesday, 13.Sep.2006

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been reading on some digital photography forums and I've come across some very interesting ideas for things to do with the pictures. Here's my first try at a technique that I've seen some other people use for some rather fantastic results. Sadly, my first attempt here is a poor example of what could be done, but I kinda liked it so I figured I'd share.



mind you, this is only a first try slammed out in about half an hour. more time and practice will certainly lead to improvements. Any critique to help guide my experimentation would be appreciated.

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From:noodlboy
Date:20:27 13.Sep.2006 (UTC)
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Any chance you can show a before and after, so we can see how much you have modified the original? Also, any chance of showing an example of the images that have inspired you to use this technique?

The image you have created seems to be conflicting. The image of a flower is cheery, and the colors are bright and happy, yet... the distortion, and possibly nature, have left the flower looking wilted and sad. It even looks a little... melted.

I don't know how much of that is the actual flower and how much is your modifications, but that's what it looks like to me.
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From:lograh
Date:22:34 13.Sep.2006 (UTC)
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hrmmm.. well, I'm sure the lack of 'pep' in this is strictly attributed to my lack of technique. they shouldn't look quite that liquid. It's supposed to look more like a painting, less like it's melting.

here's a similar crop of the original:

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From:lograh
Date:23:13 13.Sep.2006 (UTC)
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also, here is someone who did a flower well with this method.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1006&message=18969746&changemode=1

you can tell I was a little heavier than it should have been. I need to retry this with a lighter touch.
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From:dotarvi
Date:22:40 13.Sep.2006 (UTC)
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A lot of the "droopy" or "melty"-ness of it comes from the composition, not the technique. The eye is drawn first to the bright part, the open flower, then the color and lines draw the eye down to the wilted flower, giving a kind of sad feeling to it.

Pretty cool. Glad to see your experiments. :)
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From:lograh
Date:23:11 13.Sep.2006 (UTC)
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hrmm.. good point.. I wonder if I could alter that with different brush strokes.. I'll work on that angle of it. Thanks for the insight.

I'm hoping, if I can get good enough at this technique, to do the house you showed me with a touch of it. I think it would take well to a hint of "painting" on a picture of it.
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From:lotusstone
Date:23:27 13.Sep.2006 (UTC)
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it looks like in the main part of the image you are referencing from the edges have been left a bit more crisp than we find in yours. The heavy handedness you are talking of is there too in the background images, maybbe using a smaller brush size or a diffferent one all together (something that has many points and harder edges). The effect in the ref photo also seems to simulate the flow of the object itself, like the recessing into the center of the flower. A bit more of that may help yours along.

I must say though, I do quite enjoy the wilted flower on yours. That is the part that speaks most to me, and I think it may be due to the combination of contrasting lines throught the edges and the technique you have used.
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From:lograh
Date:23:48 13.Sep.2006 (UTC)
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good advice, thank you. I am going to try again with a smaller, different brush. I just was toying with this one and I kinda liked the melting look for the wilted flower, but the open one should be crisper. When I re-do this, I'll try to keep the wilted one melting like it is here. as you say, I like that part a lot as well.
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From:dotarvi
Date:23:42 13.Sep.2006 (UTC)
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I'd love to see that. I found a house in Seattle to compare to that one. It's not a tile house, but... I have some pictures somewhere, I think. I'll try to find them.
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From:lograh
Date:23:55 13.Sep.2006 (UTC)
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if I can get up there again this winter I'd like to see it, if you wouldn't mind playing tour guide for a day or so again. :)
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From:dotarvi
Date:4:52 14.Sep.2006 (UTC)
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I'd love to play tour guide again, and again give you a place to sleep, if you'd like. I'm going to be in CA in the early part of December, but I'll be back up here with lots of free time from mid-December through the end of the year.
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