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Re: Happy elephant in the clouds

Post by Duck » Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:28 pm

You can also get creative with your digital mats, like Ernst does with his posts.
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Post by LindaShorey » Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:12 pm

Duck wrote:You can also get creative with your digital mats, like Ernst does with his posts.


Excellent point!
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Post by Matt Quinn » Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:50 am

LindaShorey wrote:I like the bit of space at the top, though truthfully I don't think I would have noticed if I hadn't read a reference to it. I personally prefer the softer processing of #1, since the gentle curves lend themselves to a gentle mood.

Regarding cropping: I briefly cut my own mats. It's not hard if you have good equipment and patience, and tend to be an exacting person to begin with (measure twice, cut once, lol). An alternative is adding "canvas" to the digital image.

In the below, the white you see on the vertical close-up was created in PS Elements by "extending the canvas" so the overall dimensions of the picture fit an 8x12 frame. The landscape to the right has some black canvas added to top and bottom. Maybe not that great a solution when viewed up close, but there was just no way to fit that aspect other than making my own mats or frames (original was 3:2, but I cropped some from bottom when doing initial edit).


Very clever Linda. Thanks. Matt
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Post by St3v3M » Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:08 am

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Post by minniev » Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:59 pm

What a cool shot, Matt, and yes the echoing loops of elephant-trunk in sky and sand formations make it more than just a cool shot, they make it masterful. Whether you intended to do so or not. You have an instinctively good eye so you must "listen" to it! I do prefer the composition of the second one and the processing approach on the first one.
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Post by Matt Quinn » Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:08 pm

Thanks, Minnie. I don't recall what processing I did for the first; I'll go back and experiment. I saw only the elephant in the sky (not Lucy with diamonds) and the reflection on the water but may have instinctively seen the third because I recall that I moved from side to side several times to frame this the way I shot it. And I only took one shot! Not like me at all. So, thank you for the advice to 'listen' to my eye. Now, to learn to process for the eye. Best, Matt
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