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waiting for Spring

Post by PietFrancke » Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:18 am

Waiting for Spring - today was a wet dreary cold day and I was pretty much useless all day long. I've been in a slump and worked myself out by redoing an old image.
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Post by Psjunkie » Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:25 am

Like it very much, great color....

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Post by minniev » Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:56 pm

PietFrancke wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:18 am
Waiting for Spring - today was a wet dreary cold day and I was pretty much useless all day long. I've been in a slump and worked myself out by redoing an old image.

frogSm.jpg
He is beautiful Piet. He looks like he’s sculpted out of gold. I don’t know how you got that toning but it’s really nice.

Cold and dreary days are the best for creative activities. I did much the same with our cold wet day yesterday, played with photos all morning (including photographing glass paperweights using an LED flashlight), then did art projects with the two youngest grandsons all afternoon.

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Post by PietFrancke » Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:58 pm

thank you Frank and Paula. Good job Paula getting to work with your grandsons!

About the toning... (and I am sure there are other ways of painting with light, but this worked really well for me). I tried a new trick (for me) and it worked pretty well. (I won't talk about the texture aspect, that was pretty standard). First, I used Bridge (ACR) to get the general tone for the background - the tone that would serve for 95 percent of the image. I opened that up into PS and made it my base layer. Then I went back to Bridge and I worked the image a second time brightening it up considerably (for the eyes and other details).

I opened the second version in PS as a new image and then copied it over to my starting image as a second layer (lighter version on top). Then I put a mask on it hiding all the brightness. And then using a brush I painted the mask white in the areas that I wanted brighter (the eyes, upper lip, areas that light might hit - to Sculpt the image).

I can't remember if I used screen or overlay or normal, but the effect looked very natural. And I added texture and did a high pass overlay to add punch (using a mask and opacity to limit the effect). Anyway, I think your mind is amazing in that it Saw what I considered my priorities for this image, the toning and sculpting were first and primary, and then I added some selective sharpening and punch.

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Post by Charles Haacker » Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:20 pm

Beautiful job! Beautiful animal! I swear I can hear him. (OK)
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Post by St3v3M » Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:56 pm

I really love this frog and keep staring at it waiting for it to move! S-
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Post by Matt Quinn » Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:22 am

Piet,

Masterful.

brawned brooding croaker
bronze mountain hid in shallows
will he love this night

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Post by PietFrancke » Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:23 pm

Charles Haacker wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:20 pm
Beautiful job! Beautiful animal! I swear I can hear him. (OK)
it is a soothing peaceful sound (to me) when they sing

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Post by PietFrancke » Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:24 pm

St3v3M wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:56 pm
I really love this frog and keep staring at it waiting for it to move! S-
I bet there are small winged creatures that do much the same, and then Snap, Gone.

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Post by PietFrancke » Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:26 pm

Matt Quinn wrote:
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:22 am
Piet,

Masterful.

brawned brooding croaker
bronze mountain hid in shallows
will he love this night

Matt
thank you Matt - those are beautiful words. I think Art and the sharing of Art is very personal. A sharing... thank you for this.

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