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A composite I'm working on. I'm undecided about the flowers and petals. I initially wanted them to be very unrealistic, almost cartoonish, but now I'm not so sure... The woman is taken from a Rijks Museum open source set, I tinkered with her hair to make her more like Princes Leia, but the setting was shot in the old cathedral in Barcelona. The flowers are freebies off the net.
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I am liking the framing and colors and idea of this. The flowers might be a little dull, but let's fix some other issues first and then get back to it.
1) Lighting - on woman is coming from top right. On building it is coming more from left. So, either flip the woman or flip the building.
2) Contrast - the woman is brighter and higher contrast than the building (I think). Perhaps use camera raw filter on woman and suppress highlights and perhaps darken her until it matches the building.
3) Grounding - the tiles look wet, if you want to keep that feeling, put reflections of feet and robes and flowers in, otherwise, ground better with shadows where the petals are feet are touching the ground.
4) Texture - the stonework strikes me as having greater texture than the robe, so perhaps add a texture layer without color to unify them a little more.
5) Further unify, the woman and building don't quite fit together in same scene yet, but if you apply some filter on them both at same time, that will help again.
6) Scale - I wish I knew, but from the width of the door, I am feeling that the woman is 10 percent too large. I wish I knew how large the gate/door way is. But am comparing the space between the bars and her head size - she is just feeling large, but I could be wrong, she's back towards us a little after all.. so might be ok.

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and it's been said I was the eagle eye......Listen to Piet.....I'm not sold on the flowers..maybe it's the color

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Thanks Piet for that excellent critique. That helps me so much. I tend to overlook or half address certain things and drown in the piece. I’ll work on it some more and post a different version when I blunder through some of these issues. I agree she’s a tad too big and needs more integration into the scene. The lighting will be hard for me to fix but good practice. The other I may have more luck at. Not sure about the stone. It wasn’t wet, so I will have to decide why it looks that way and how to address it.
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Psjunkie wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:12 am
and it's been said I was the eagle eye......Listen to Piet.....I'm not sold on the flowers..maybe it's the color
I am fortunate to have 2 eagle eyed pals. Thanks.

I want the flowers, just have to figure out what to do with them.
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minniev wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:12 am
Thanks Piet for that excellent critique. That helps me so much. I tend to overlook or half address certain things and drown in the piece. I’ll work on it some more and post a different version when I blunder through some of these issues. I agree she’s a tad too big and needs more integration into the scene. The lighting will be hard for me to fix but good practice. The other I may have more luck at. Not sure about the stone. It wasn’t wet, so I will have to decide why it looks that way and how to address it.
hey, lighting is easy to fix. either reverse the girl, or reverse the background - then they will match much better!

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PietFrancke wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:16 am
minniev wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:12 am
Thanks Piet for that excellent critique. That helps me so much. I tend to overlook or half address certain things and drown in the piece. I’ll work on it some more and post a different version when I blunder through some of these issues. I agree she’s a tad too big and needs more integration into the scene. The lighting will be hard for me to fix but good practice. The other I may have more luck at. Not sure about the stone. It wasn’t wet, so I will have to decide why it looks that way and how to address it.
hey, lighting is easy to fix. either reverse the girl, or reverse the background - then they will match much better!
I shall try.
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minniev wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:19 am
PietFrancke wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:16 am
minniev wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:12 am
Thanks Piet for that excellent critique. That helps me so much. I tend to overlook or half address certain things and drown in the piece. I’ll work on it some more and post a different version when I blunder through some of these issues. I agree she’s a tad too big and needs more integration into the scene. The lighting will be hard for me to fix but good practice. The other I may have more luck at. Not sure about the stone. It wasn’t wet, so I will have to decide why it looks that way and how to address it.
hey, lighting is easy to fix. either reverse the girl, or reverse the background - then they will match much better!
I shall try.
you better!! LOL

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