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Old Nov 23, 2008, 10:29 AM   #1
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This statue is in the Gov's mansion in Sacramento, CA.


Critique and commons are welcome, good or bad.
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Old Nov 23, 2008, 11:35 AM   #2
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can you show us the original, please?
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Old Nov 23, 2008, 11:52 AM   #3
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Old Nov 23, 2008, 12:05 PM   #4
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Ireally liked the statue group here! Still, I found the background a bit much distracting (though renaissance architecture quite appeals to me!)

My humble suggestion would be applying some lens blur at the background reducing the yellow and cropping a little from the top to emphise the subject compositionally, while preservingtheniche for it at the backgound.


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Old Nov 23, 2008, 12:21 PM   #5
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Here is my take on it. The first shot it very harsh. The original is pretty dull and falt. The version submitted by Bahadir is pretty damn good. Nice job on that one. I think the moral here is that in every shot there is a way to pull its best out. It just takes some effort and experience.
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Old Nov 23, 2008, 5:00 PM   #6
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Ditto. I like the first one more than the original, but bhadir's is best.
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Old Nov 23, 2008, 7:13 PM   #7
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Thanks for the reply everyone. Yes I was going for something like what bahadir was doing but wasn't able to achieve it.
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Old Nov 23, 2008, 7:42 PM   #8
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Im sure if you asked Bahadir what he did he would be glad to tell you. Aside from being clever with Photoshop he is also a very friendly fellow. Personally I would have selected the background area and apply a camera blur. Then inverse the selection to the statue and done an unsharp mask and perhaps a couple other things depending on what was needed. But basically that is it.
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Old Nov 23, 2008, 9:57 PM   #9
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What a fun picture to play with! I really like the statue.

I thought I might attempt something similar to what bahadir did, but approach it from a different means than what bynx suggested. In photoshop there's always more than one way to get to the same end.

With not a great deal of work I came up with this. It seems more natural looking to me, but perhaps that's not what you were intending. Let me know what you think, and if you are interested, let me know and I'll tell you how I did it.
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Old Nov 23, 2008, 11:17 PM   #10
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mtngal,
Your version also looks good, it looks very natural and real. That was how I originally processed the image but I wanted to try something a little bit different. I wanted the image to pop out with that high contrast image. I guess I went a little bit overboard on the image that I posted. :lol:

Thanks for the suggestion everyone. Keep them coming. Feel free to process the image yourself. I am always open to something new.

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