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An egg, a small jug of olive oil and a stone bird

Post by Matt Quinn » Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:54 am

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Post by LindaShorey » Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:04 am

Very eye-catching composition! I like the simple, yet complex look to this one - and puzzling over the creation of it.
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Post by Matt Quinn » Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:33 am

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Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:04 am
Very eye-catching composition! I like the simple, yet complex look to this one - and puzzling over the creation of it.
Thanks,Linda. Here's the original; then I used Topaz Simplify and then Topaz Textures. Matt
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Post by Charles Haacker » Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:04 pm

I like it very much! I love abstracts and this one is especially well done. I love the before-and-after to see the progression of thought. (OK)
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Post by Matt Quinn » Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:33 pm

Charles Haacker wrote:
Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:04 pm
I like it very much! I love abstracts and this one is especially well done. I love the before-and-after to see the progression of thought. (OK)
Thanks Chuck. People's positive reaction has encouraged me to continue experimenting, especially since am in the house a lot more now with helping the bride heal. Matt
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Post by minniev » Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:57 am

Matt Quinn wrote:
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I am happy to see you playing with textures, Matt. It is addictive, so be careful! Really nice still life. I might have tried to include the top of the bottle, and might have subdued the texture a little on the egg (with masking) to give the set-up more depth, but those are small things compared to the energy and thought it takes to create a still life and to photography and process it in a new way! Good for ya, and I can't wait to see more of these kinds of images. It is a perfect image for texture, exactly the type that texture artists recommend we use for maximum results.
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Post by Matt Quinn » Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:15 pm

minniev wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:57 am
Matt Quinn wrote:
Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:54 am
Just playing around in Topaz. Matt

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I am happy to see you playing with textures, Matt. It is addictive, so be careful! Really nice still life. I might have tried to include the top of the bottle, and might have subdued the texture a little on the egg (with masking) to give the set-up more depth, but those are small things compared to the energy and thought it takes to create a still life and to photography and process it in a new way! Good for ya, and I can't wait to see more of these kinds of images. It is a perfect image for texture, exactly the type that texture artists recommend we use for maximum results.
Minnie, My mother always said "There's a reason," for everything, good, bad or indifferent. And for stuff left out of photos. The top of the bottle was above the edge of the whiteboard and I didn't know how to deal with two different backgrounds. I wanted to include it because I like the curve of the neck and the lip, but I struggled with no good result. When in doubt, leave it out.

Still exploring this arena, Minnie. I had wanted a little more light on the bird to make it more understandable but still leave it in the dark background. Couldn't figure that out. Now, with your suggestion on masking, I will look at a Topaz tutorial. Matt
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Post by St3v3M » Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:34 am

I like this but it wasn't until I saw the Before that I understood the stone bird. I thought it was a weird shadow of the textured egg and maybe that was the stone bird. A little more light might help, but I think it's the texture that's throwing me. It works on the other two pieces but seems to turn the bird into the background.

I know this is Showcase but you brought it up so I hope it helps! S-
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Post by Matt Quinn » Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:39 am

Thanks, Steve. That's critique I can use. Helps a lot. Matt
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Post by St3v3M » Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:12 am

Matt Quinn wrote:
Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:39 am
Thanks, Steve. That's critique I can use. Helps a lot. Matt
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