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Post by davechinn » Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:39 pm

Not sure if this is the correct section for posting this one.

This was an image I took approximately 2 1/2 years ago on my return trip from Maine. The location is Strasburg, Pa. Seems the horse may be posing for me.

My experimentation is transforming photos into pencil drawings through this tutorial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K43-_zhQZiM I may have posted something similar in the past, but I can't actually remember. I took my transformation a little further than what the tutorial shows, by adding a textured layer, motion blur and diffusion filters within Topaz. I also did some dodging and burning along the way and Silver Efex. I'm posting my starting point and the final results. Opinions, comments, critique, etc are most welcome. Did I go too far withe the processing? Also, posted is the link to the tutorial for anyone that may have an interest to this sort of post processing.

If this happens to be in the wrong section .... my apologies !!!!
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Post by minniev » Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:48 pm

Glad to see your interesting experiments with creative blur again! Winter is a good season for practice. I love your horse, the soft treatment and textures give him some vintage magic, and the blur takes it even further into fantasy.

Where his front leg appears between the blurred fenceposts is a little odd to my eye, wondering if handling it more like the back leg would work better? Or a little more blur in that area? Not sure. Will wait for others to say what they think. I am always challenged by parts of photos that have different handling in the transition areas.
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Post by davechinn » Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:14 pm

minniev wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:48 pm
Glad to see your interesting experiments with creative blur again! Winter is a good season for practice. I love your horse, the soft treatment and textures give him some vintage magic, and the blur takes it even further into fantasy.

Where his front leg appears between the blurred fenceposts is a little odd to my eye, wondering if handling it more like the back leg would work better? Or a little more blur in that area? Not sure. Will wait for others to say what they think. I am always challenged by parts of photos that have different handling in the transition areas.

Thank you for your interpretation of the applied treatment Minnie. I have to agree with you, the front hoof/foot and or leg is rather pushed past the limits of recognition. Not sure how I missed that, but I did. I will go back and make the necessary adjustments, because I definitely don't care of the results.
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Post by Psjunkie » Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:31 pm

I aplaude experimentation Dave..I like the horse treatment but the motion blur is a bit strong for me and just overpowers any attempts I have to view the horse....

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Post by PietFrancke » Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:20 pm

I like the effect very much on both the horse and on the fence post - I think thought that it isn't working with this particular composition. Perhaps if there was no fence, or if the fence was behind the horse. Also there is something about the blur in the background that makes my eyes vibrate and hurt - possibly it is coming from the rail of the fence, but regardless, I like the way it makes the horse itself look.

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Post by davechinn » Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:24 pm

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I aplaude experimentation Dave..I like the horse treatment but the motion blur is a bit strong for me and just overpowers any attempts I have to view the horse....

Thanks Frank !!! Absolutely .... a little on the strong side. Maybe I should have waited 24 hours to post. That way it would give me enough time to walk away, return for another view and possibly catch most of the missed flaws. I usually do wait but being out of sync is the only excuse I'm willing to admit ... for now !!! :oops:
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Post by davechinn » Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:33 pm

PietFrancke wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:20 pm
I like the effect very much on both the horse and on the fence post - I think thought that it isn't working with this particular composition. Perhaps if there was no fence, or if the fence was behind the horse. Also there is something about the blur in the background that makes my eyes vibrate and hurt - possibly it is coming from the rail of the fence, but regardless, I like the way it makes the horse itself look.

It does make ones eyes hurt Piet, and here I thought I was imagining things. Seems I have used this horse in a previous composite with the fence removed. I'll have to do a search for its location. Your idea of the fence removed is a good one. I'll pursue the thought. Thanks for the input.
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Post by minniev » Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:47 pm

davechinn wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:33 pm
PietFrancke wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:20 pm
I like the effect very much on both the horse and on the fence post - I think thought that it isn't working with this particular composition. Perhaps if there was no fence, or if the fence was behind the horse. Also there is something about the blur in the background that makes my eyes vibrate and hurt - possibly it is coming from the rail of the fence, but regardless, I like the way it makes the horse itself look.

It does make ones eyes hurt Piet, and here I thought I was imagining things. Seems I have used this horse in a previous composite with the fence removed. I'll have to do a search for its location. Your idea of the fence removed is a good one. I'll pursue the thought. Thanks for the input.
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Post by davechinn » Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:42 pm

A redo without the fence and frame. Blur is not so heavy, but I added another textured layer and cropped some, so its slightly different from the first?
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Post by Psjunkie » Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:11 pm

Really like this a whole lot better Dave, but you are right it is a different photo now..everything you've done here looks good..if I had a nitpik it would be wanting to see a bit more structure of the hind legs, maybe a bit of darkness or something to alleviate the prosthetic look.....

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