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    • #431193
      bucweeet
      Participant

      I reworked a friends beach shot for her. Wonder what your thoughts are.

      Original is from her cell phone (unsure of the make) in jpeg format.

      Original image:

    • #431194
      bucweeet
      Participant

      And the reworked image:

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    • #431199

      I bet they’re happier with it. The lining of the cloud coming out of his neck bothers me, but it’s a small thing.

      • #431268
        bucweeet
        Participant

        Thanx Rob!  I see what you mean, especially considering her husband doesn’t have the highlight ring. I’ll bring down so it’s not so distracting and matches her husband more.

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    • #431203
      Mistyisle
      Participant

      Bit strong overall for me, Paul, but it would be so boring if we all liked the same things. Still, it certainly is more arresting than the original! You have used your talents well to show your friend other possibilities! What are friends for?

    • #431259
      JasenkaG
      Keymaster

      It looks like an entirely different image now!

      Straightened horizon and your crop look much better but when it comes to colors I would just slightly edit them (not change them entirely), but that’s really a matter of personal taste.

      • #431270
        bucweeet
        Participant

        Thanx Jasenka!

        Did you mean to desaturate the colour a bit, or change it to lighter orange/red… or add a tiny bit more red?  As I was doing this edit ‘on the fly’ and working with an unfamiliar eye to these type of edits, I’m not ‘locked in’ to any particular aspect of the image.

        The sky was taken from a sunset in Bali and placed behind a mask/layer of her family (which was taken a lake in Canada); and the ground is a colour layer on top of the sand .

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    • #431360
      Erik Fransman
      Participant

      Hi Paul,

      It depends a bit on what you want to achieve with the image.
      Now it looks like a scene from ET or Close Encounters. If that’s what you were after, I would not change anything. It works and I like it. Possibly add a rim light to the “husband” and his son on the right.

      If you were after a realistic family portrait enjoying the sunset, it’s a bit (understatement) over the top.

    • #431365
      JasenkaG
      Keymaster

      @paul-3 I guess I wouldn’t desaturate the colors, I would keep them more similar to the original. Something like this:

    • #431537
      bucweeet
      Participant

      Thanx for the help on this one.

      Although I think she initially liked the original, after reading your comments I think she prefers Jasenka’s edit suggestion.  So I’m definitely attempting/doing  that one for her, but I’ll also send her one of the first ones.  Although it didn’t quite turnout the way I hoped, I’ll rework that one and see if I can get closer to my vision.  I have to search and see if I have the original of the sky without edits.  Then see where it leads me.

      Once again, thanx for the help!

    • #431589
      Petr Nowak
      Participant

      Resulting image is very impressive. However it looks a litle bit unrealistic. It’s a matter of taste. It’s over top (for me). I don’t see any major glitch concerning composition etc…

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