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Adventures in photography

Photoshop, really. I'm finally brave enough to try my hand at something more than dodging and burning. I've been doing some stuff with textures, levels, curves and some other post-processing doo-dads. I'm having a lot of fun doing it too, which is good.

Here is some of the stuff I've done recently. I encourage you to click on them to see larger versions (everything always looks better bigger). Each picture will contain the original, unedited version in the comment section. Any comments appreciated (unless they are "you suck" comments, then not so appreciated).

 



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sandowl
Jun. 9th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
OH MY GOSH THOSE ARE GORGEOUS!!!!
rinalia
Jun. 9th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
THANK YOU!!
wirenth
Jun. 9th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
those are amazing!
rinalia
Jun. 9th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
Thanks!!
zebrallama
Jun. 9th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
When I looked at the small versions in LJ I wasn't too impressed, but then I looked at the larger versions on flikr and went WOW!

I'd like to see these even bigger and printed out ... preferably in a gallery!
rinalia
Jun. 9th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
*blushes* Thanks for the kind words.

Someday maybe!
trillium_flower
Jun. 9th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)
purely subjective comments....

I really like the flower in the lower right. I like the original too but the edited one would be just lovely on some linen for a pillow, or framed and hung.

I like the other three but have a similar comment about all of them. The strokes of light are all very angular. straight up and down on the first, and third. I like the effect somewhat in the first picture because it gives it the feel of an unrolled canvas, but the lines in the bottom right of that picture are a little too strong.

In the second picture (upper right) I like how you played with the light to bring the focus in on the bee. Theres a shadow (or something) on the stem. Its such a graceful movement off the page that it might look better completely cleaned up. Also theres a line at a 45degree angle near the upper left corner that looks odd when all the other stems in the background have been softened into orbs. Its not quite in the right spot to counter balance the stem...

beautiful pictures though.
rinalia
Jun. 9th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for the constructive critique!

You're right about the stem in the bee picture. It's a dark part of a texture I used (it was a frame texture). Definitely interrupts the line of the stem and distracts a bit. It's a good reminder to look at the whole picture in greater detail. I got a little too focused on the bee.

It's great having another eye see something different than what my eye saw. Like with the 1st picture...the lines at the bottom, to me, almost represented a veil or sheer curtain, which I liked. I felt like I was looking out of a window onto a fantastical night scene. I can see how they could be possibly distracting.

:)
slave2tehtink
Jun. 9th, 2009 09:07 am (UTC)
I really really love the last two. Couldn't tell you precisely why, unfortunately, so I'm not all that helpful, but something about them just really works for me.
houses7177
Jun. 9th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
I love the colors in the middle two, particularly. The last looks like it could be an album cover. My favorite composition wise is the bee, and I'd love to have that as a desktop image. As someone else pointed out, though, the dark swatch across the stem is a bit distracting.
ellettra
Jun. 9th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
these are LOVELY! great work you're doing here!
smeddley
Jun. 10th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
I like both the originals and the photoshop versions, for different reasons. Very nice job!
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