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Post by minniev » Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:32 pm

Inspired by Piet's blackbird with which I cannot compete...
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Post by PietFrancke » Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:21 pm

in flight no less, I love the layer of branches and twigs in tight focus with the bird. The texture works well with the lit marsh and water in the background. Usually I blur my texture, I think I will have to be more bold like you and let the scratch marks show. I think this is awesome!

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Post by Matt Quinn » Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:56 pm

minniev wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:32 pm
Inspired by Piet's blackbird with which I cannot compete...
Don't know how to express it Minnie but this doesn't sing for me. The background and sharp weeds are lovely; for my eye, though, the bird just doesn't fit. The whole scene looks "staged" and flat to me. The Dam Birds, however, I could view for hours. Hope I don't offend. Matt
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Post by minniev » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:02 pm

Matt Quinn wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:56 pm
minniev wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:32 pm
Inspired by Piet's blackbird with which I cannot compete...
Don't know how to express it Minnie but this doesn't sing for me. The background and sharp weeds are lovely; for my eye, though, the bird just doesn't fit. The whole scene looks "staged" and flat to me. The Dam Birds, however, I could view for hours. Hope I don't offend. Matt
You never offend, Matt! Everything isn't for everybody! The flatness was a choice, though I can't explain why, I just do these things sometime. I might pile on some more stuff and use brushwork to get more contrast for another version. But it is indeed just a single photo worked over with texture and brushes. (I like the dam birds better too, but I'm exploring a new place, where my dam birds have their rookery).
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Post by minniev » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:12 pm

PietFrancke wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:21 pm
in flight no less, I love the layer of branches and twigs in tight focus with the bird. The texture works well with the lit marsh and water in the background. Usually I blur my texture, I think I will have to be more bold like you and let the scratch marks show. I think this is awesome!
Thanks Piet, and I shall have to try more blur, as you do. Often I do like the grit of the texture to show, though. But some need softness. More treasures from the treasure box.

I can't remember if I've posted this here before, but my journey into texture work started years ago when I ran across this woman's work in a magazine, just a short article but it led me down the rabbit hole of blending art and photography into something else. She uses only a point and shoot camera, but where she goes next is a whole different journey.https://www.flickr.com/photos/42443389@N00/albums
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Post by PietFrancke » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:22 pm

minniev wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:12 pm
PietFrancke wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:21 pm
in flight no less, I love the layer of branches and twigs in tight focus with the bird. The texture works well with the lit marsh and water in the background. Usually I blur my texture, I think I will have to be more bold like you and let the scratch marks show. I think this is awesome!
Thanks Piet, and I shall have to try more blur, as you do. Often I do like the grit of the texture to show, though. But some need softness. More treasures from the treasure box.

I can't remember if I've posted this here before, but my journey into texture work started years ago when I ran across this woman's work in a magazine, just a short article but it led me down the rabbit hole of blending art and photography into something else. She uses only a point and shoot camera, but where she goes next is a whole different journey.https://www.flickr.com/photos/42443389@N00/albums
her use of color and light is astounding. Living where I do now, these images inspire me greatly. I was born in Holland, so it is ironic that I now live in "low" lands again. I would love to see her starting images and what she does with them. Magical indeed!!

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Post by Charles Haacker » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:57 pm

It immediately put me in mind of a Japanese wood block print. It may be odd that I see it as quite dimensional, the bird both soft and sharp against the muted background, then the soft-sharp reeds in foreground. One of the things I like best is that very sharp beady eye almost looking back at your lens. I think it's really rather Zen. (Y) (Arigatou gozaimasu.)
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Post by Psjunkie » Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:31 pm

Wondruffly artful minniev.............yes I meant to spell it that way cause that's how it made me feel.

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Post by Matt Quinn » Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:24 am

That Dutch light is enchanting. Is it really that way? Or are the photos processed to look that way? Matt
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Post by minniev » Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:35 am

Charles Haacker wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:57 pm
It immediately put me in mind of a Japanese wood block print. It may be odd that I see it as quite dimensional, the bird both soft and sharp against the muted background, then the soft-sharp reeds in foreground. One of the things I like best is that very sharp beady eye almost looking back at your lens. I think it's really rather Zen. (Y) (Arigatou gozaimasu.)
Thanks Chuck for a very interesting critique. I love how you describe it, which is a zen-ish prose! I was happy about the sharp beady eye which is a rarity for me taking photos of birds in flight. In the original, he’s pretty sharp except for the fluttery wings. But it is a dingy and colorless original in front of a very scruffy lake bank.
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