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Bighorn Re-do: Blending In

Post by LindaShorey » Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:10 pm

I posted this last fall with some rather "bright" colors. For this version I wanted to emphasize the camouflage aspect, while at the same time pointing out (so to speak) the exception to the coloring :| Wondering what you think of the processing and overall idea? Many thanks!
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Post by PietFrancke » Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:29 pm

I think it is awesome. It makes for an interesting challenge as camouflage hides, but we process to make the subject stand out. I like the way you handled it (the subject is still the subject). It might be interesting to go for broke and hide the beast more, but in some ways that would be the counter to making the shot interesting and alive.

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Post by Duck » Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:09 pm

This reminds me of an artist whose work I enjoy; Bev Doolittle. She creates these stunning watercolor scenes with all kinds of hidden animals in them. Take a look at her work and see if it inspires further editing of this ram. ;-)
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Post by LindaShorey » Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:35 pm

Thanks so much, Piet. You had the same idea as Duck!

How wonderful to learn of this artist, Duck. The one that spoke to me as relating to the setting of my bighorn is her series of pinto horses in snow ("Hide and Seek"). I found it on many websites, including for sale as a jigsaw puzzle on amazon!

So here are re-works inspired by Bev. I had already done a b&w so for this version I just selectively darkened and lightened various spots, then slapped on some Nik glamour glow.

I didn't want to do any cloning or compositing and with those restrictions, I couldn't come up with a color version I liked any better than my posting earlier in this topic, so #2 is a Topaz Simplify version :)

Many thanks!
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Post by PietFrancke » Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:44 pm

that first rework belongs on a wall in my opinion. I love how the edges are almost lost but still vivid and alive. The sepia version doesn't do much for me, I don't know why - the textures, lights, shadows in the first rework are just awesome.

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Post by Duck » Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:58 pm

Interesting observations, as the second one is what really draws me in. Different strokes for different folks, as they say.

I am happy to hear Bev Doolittle's artwork was inspiring. She is an amazing artist and her work has inspired a few tattoos I've done for clients.
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Post by minniev » Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:57 am

Love the artistic re-do's, especially the first one which I imagine printed on a rough art paper. Just the right amount of detail, just the right contrast.
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Post by Psjunkie » Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:28 am

#1 processed well for me Linda...I've not much comment for the idea as the original seems well camouflaged in my opinion.

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Post by LindaShorey » Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:26 pm

Piet and Duck, thanks for coming back to view the re-do's of the re-do!

Minnie, much appreciated. I'm very drawn to that b&w myself.

Frank, thanks so much for your comment. There is a touch of a Topaz oil painting in that first one and I liked the result enough that I cropped to 9x16 and use as the opening screen on my Chromebook. Hard to remember the "sooc" days once pp became so enjoyable :)
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Post by Charles Haacker » Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:33 pm

I really, really love the sepia posterization, so there y'go. (?)
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