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Old Jan 7, 2009, 1:44 PM   #21
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And the 2nd one, which I like even better than the snow globe: "warped branch" (or maybe "branch attack"?). Not very professional work, I know, but it's enough to show the idea. I really like the picture for the many ways you can alter and play with it.

"Warped branch" has some fantasy feeling to it, maybe work on it a bit more - but then I could imagine this to be printed on canvas and serve as a nice wall-painting.

What do you think?

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Old Jan 7, 2009, 5:34 PM   #22
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Mtngal, my last comments were for zig123. So far with all the choices I have to say I like my last submission, which is just your work, slightly cropped and that branch removed. Its nice an symetrical, the texture and colors is great. Id hang that up.
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A very interesting picture, thanks for sharing!

My first try without any cropping, I just played around to see what's in the picture and found this one: "Blue hour". Some drastic changes... and it isn't quite the "snow photo" you posted, but it has something of a oversaturated full moon shot or a late blue hour... what do you think?
I must say this is a great edit good work
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Old Jan 7, 2009, 10:56 PM   #24
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Th - I like the bowl effect, but not so sure about your last swirl. It's well done, just not my taste. I think I agree with Bynx, that the last one I did along with the cloned out branch (gotta go back to the original and do that) is probably what I like best. The interesting thing about mine is that I didn't use vignetting at all. What I ended up doing is making a second layer, then did an oval selection with a big feather, inverted the selection so that the center wasn't selected. Then I put a radius gradient, black to white, on that layer, starting in the center and going to the corner. That meant that most of the black didn't show because the center oval wasn't selected, but it added a nice darker effect at the innermost edge of the oval, then going on to white a the outside of the frame. Then I lowered the opacity of the layer so the background picture showed through.

I think the type of thing I was doing was supposed to be done by putting the radius gradient on a layer mask for a white or other colored layer, not directly on a transparent layer like I did. But I didn't look up how you are supposed to it, and just played around with what I vaguely remembered.
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Old Jan 8, 2009, 6:08 AM   #25
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'mtngal', to my eye, the second image in the thread, where you just tweaked the contrast, looks stunning, and I prefer it to all the subsequent entries.

The others all look to me, in varying degrees, contrived. The bent bough in #2 hits me in the eye, and the periphery doesn't distract at all. I can imagine I was there, looking at it. My attention would have been riveted by the shape; I wouldn't have been looking at the edges, but I'd be aware they were there.

Essentially, I think it was a fine capture in the viewfinder, and needed little doing.

(I specialise in minority opinions, I find).
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Old Jan 12, 2009, 6:17 PM   #26
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I think the tree is really fascinating. I tried cropping out the background, but that didn't do quite what I wanted, so I cut out a circle and pasted that onto a moderately black background.
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Old Jan 12, 2009, 10:41 PM   #27
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Herb - it may be just my taste, but I find the dark outer frame too strong, I think it overpowers the tree. Maybe a mid-grey would be better?

Alan - I've now looked at the original on several different computers, in a couple of different settings. Today I find myself pretty happy with the original one, other than the OOF branch that Bynx cloned out. I don't notice the OOF foreground as much and the background never bothered me - I thought it placed the tree in context.
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Old Jan 13, 2009, 12:31 PM   #28
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mtngal,

Yes, I wondered how dark or light the frame should be & tried several versions! I think it is, as you say, a matter of taste.

Here's a version with a somewhat lighter frame. Does that appeal to you more?
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