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Post by Matt Quinn » Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:57 am

Lots of wandering lines here: the footprints, the clouds, the shoreline. The tiny ripple was a bonus for me. Don't know exactly why I like it, but I do and wanted to share. Maybe it's the happy elephant in the clouds. Matt
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Post by Duck » Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:52 am

Anyone else notice how the cloud mirrors the landform below it?

It's a shame the 'elephant' is up against the edge of the frame.

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Post by Psjunkie » Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:54 am

A well composed image Matt....

Edit: Yes an elephant is the sand, sky, and water..they call that a Hat Trick..no

I don't feel tension from that Duck like some other images, any Idea why...the tightness doesn't bother me for some reason.

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Post by Duck » Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:03 am

Psjunkie wrote:I don't feel tension from that Duck like some other images, any Idea why...the tightness doesn't bother me for some reason.

For the overall image, no, the tightness at top isn't an issue. I just felt by giving that top cloud a little headroom it would make it a bit more obvious.
Of course it could just be me but had it not been for the title I may not have noticed the elephant formation. At least not right away, maybe. (?)
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Post by Psjunkie » Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:09 am

Duck wrote:For the overall image, no, the tightness at top isn't an issue. I just felt by giving that top cloud a little headroom it would make it a bit more obvious.
Of course it could just be me but had it not been for the title I may not have noticed the elephant formation. At least not right away, maybe. (?)
Yes I might have missed it also...I've a cloud shot form a good while back I'll dig up just to see how well you do, on the whatever that ink test thing is called.....

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Post by Duck » Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:27 am

Rorschach test... Oooh, that would be dangerous. All these creative minds here. It'd be like inviting trouble. :devil:

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Post by LindaShorey » Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:16 pm

I like the peacefulness of the curves. Many layers to enjoy as your eye wanders upward. I have a friend, who even in her sixth decade of life, would happily lie on the lawn to discover stories in the clouds :)
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Post by Matt Quinn » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:12 pm

thank you all, Linda, Frank, Duck. I must confess, I saw only two elephants; missed the one on the ground. I usually crop my images to 8x10 before any other processing, just in case I want a print, because I normally use that size. But I did feel queasy squeezing Dumbo up so high. So, here is, SEP low key and 4x3. C&c welcome. Matt
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Post by LindaShorey » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:41 pm

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).
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