LindaShorey wrote:Super-interesting, Dave! There are aspects I love and aspects I don't. The light patterns on her palm, the foam and the lighting on the glass, the composition - specifically how much of the woman's face and how large the glass - very appealing.
I don't care for the distortion, size and darkness of her fingers; there's kind of an alien, malevolent feel. I wonder if lightening the tops of her fingers that are above the glass would lessen that, or if you deliberately created that look, can you talk about your choices? Thanks for another fascinating work!
Charles Haacker wrote:Interesting! Arresting, even! Applying my usual formula, How would I react if I saw it in a museum, it would absolutely stop me to look for a time. I think it is definitely a work of art! I like the way the waning light comes through the glass and refracts on the palm of her hand. The compositing looks flawless. I can't say I would want it on my wall, but if I saw it in a museum or gallery I would enjoy it while I was there.
Duck wrote:Alright Dave, roll up your sleeves. I'm a gonna put ya to work...
Linda touched a bit on the light issue with the fingers. There is definitely an incongruity of light direction between the subject and background. One solution may be to flip the background so that the light on both look like they're coming from the same direction. As you consider light direction you also need to understand how it interacts with the subject. In particular the hair off her forehead. Darken it to look more backlit for the sky.
The masking of the foreground is really clean. There is an ever so slight halo that can easily be reduced with the refine edge tool.
Now for the challenge. The cup is clear. I should be able to see the sky through it. Maybe a little distorted and diffused, but visible nonetheless. This will require to play with blending modes and opacity of those blends in order to make it look believable.
With your permission... Here's a quickly manipulated cup using the "Blend If" function in layer styles. For a nice explanation check out PixImperfect's great tutorial on blend if.
davechinn wrote:[...] What are your thoughts on this one?
Duck wrote:davechinn wrote:[...] What are your thoughts on this one?
Much, much better and natural looking. The light balance between subject and background match (and even the color balance), avoiding that incongruity between the two. Well done.
As for the Blend-If function... I feel you on that one. I have a hard time fully understanding how it works so I spend way too much time "experimenting". I am getting better at it so with practice it will get easier.
davechinn wrote:... What are your thoughts on this one?
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