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Old Sep 14, 2012, 3:25 PM   #1
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Hi gang! Hey, last weekend I wanted to get a few Autumn shot, so my family and I took a drive to the "Vanha Kirkko" = The Old Church in Petäjävesi, Finland. I also like to toy around with art renderings... it is okay if this is not your cup of tea, but I just like to spend time experimenting. Anyway, thought I would post these photos... Hope everyone is having a great September. All the best. Ned

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Old Sep 14, 2012, 3:43 PM   #2
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Lovely shot Ned. I really like #1, vibrant colours and a very interesting scene. #2 not so much as the sky is completely blown and IMHO the vignette adds nothing to the shot (I feel vignettes work better when you have a simple central subject rather than a full scene from edge to edge).
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Thanks Kevin. With regard to the second shot, I was experimenting with Topaz's "hand tinting" technique... Thanks for your comments
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I have to agree with Kevin and like the 1st one better. I like the composition, the fence in the foreground and birch on the right framing the shot. Nice shot Ned. Good September so far, I will be going to several national parks out west at the end of the month so it should be a great September for photos.

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The first almost has the look of the hand tinted postcards from the late 1800's, early 1900's. Like the treatment and subject.

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That second one is just stellar. It has a verry story-book esque look to it.

Can you share the processing technique?
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That second one is just stellar. It has a verry story-book esque look to it.

Can you share the processing technique?
Glad you liked it, it took some time and doing in making it. And, yes the "story-book esque" is what I was aiming at. I used the Topaz B/W, believe it or not... Then go to the Opalotype collection. From there I use "Hand tinted chiffon". Though using Topaz, there are a lot of settings one can use... I just don't like picking something and doing something in just one minute... I like to invest time... and I end up investing a lot.

Anyway, thanks for looking. I am happy you liked it.

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Old Sep 15, 2012, 7:38 PM   #8
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Ned - Each is a gem - you are definitely the master of "painterly" PP! My wife told me to tell you she liked both of them, and thought that #2 looked like a woodcut!

PS - can you tell us a bit of the history of this Church? Is it still in use as a Church? Thanks!
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i agree both are lovely.


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While I like both, I prefer the wood cut look of the second one. While I do think the vignette doesn't really add all that much to the photo, I can see where you were going with it and why it fits in with the wood-cut look. I like the blown-out sky as it simplifies the picture and goes along with the stylized look you achieved.

I'm finding these types of things have become more interesting to me, at least in small doses.
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