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Old Feb 6, 2010, 3:56 PM   #11
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I can't Chato. I should travel to to China again.
btw: this is a reconstruction of the bamboo pavillion of Lin Daiyu, the heroine of The dream of the Red Mansions, the classic novel.
The green has tremendous impact. My first impression is that you simply tinted the whole image. Clearly not the case. I really like the effect it has on my brain.

No excuses - Go back to China and shoot it again!!!!

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Old Feb 6, 2010, 4:02 PM   #12
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The green has tremendous impact. My first impression is that you simply tinted the whole image. Clearly not the case. I really like the effect it has on my brain.


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that was my first impression too, i thought it had been tinted as well.
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Old Feb 6, 2010, 8:33 PM   #13
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that was my first impression too, i thought it had been tinted as well.
Yeah, it's an image where you look at it once, and are confused, look at it twice, and say, "What the hell," look at it a third time and say, "Sheesh, I wish I took that shot."

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Old Feb 7, 2010, 10:10 AM   #14
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I like this a lot. If I may affix words, I like the cool mint green and the dash of hot chili red. It's fine to me the way it is.
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I really like this shot. Light, color and composition are very well done. There are two things I think could be a bit improved, though- the center joint of the bamboo screen is just a bit off plumb, which throws off the sense of level of the whole pic, and there is too much shading in the upper part, causing loss of detail, especially around the lantern, which is the eye-catching detail.

With your permission, I will show you my edit.

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Old Feb 7, 2010, 5:04 PM   #16
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Of course VTp.
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As I liked the photo as it is, I didn't do a whole lot. First step was to straighten it just a bit. I then used the hdr routine in Photoimpact to create a much brighter picture, copied it and pasted over the original, using the luminosity only mode, and just about 70% transparency (would be about 30% opacity in PS). The lower part was then just a tad bright, so I used a graduated gray filter turned upside down, to darken it.

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It's interesting to see re interpretations of our own picks. I like this one. Thanks.
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It's interesting to see re interpretations of our own picks. I like this one. Thanks.
I like your version better. I say this because while my first impression of green, green, green, was powerful, it quickly became apparent that this was the actual scene.

Lightening the green to a monocolor is in my opinion a mistake.

Then again, this is also a matter of "taste."

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This is one of these pictures that, imho, you must look at a few times one day, then not look at it until the next day to really appreciate it. When I look at it today, the origional pic, it as though the green has "adapted" and the pictures looks really good. It's really stange when some pictures you instantly like, others you don't, and then the thrid type that just needs time.
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