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avatar MossyB
MossyB says:

You've helped remove the high reflections, but now you need to add back the correct light source. The bottle shows no real directional lighting, although Mr. Potato Head is lit from the upper left.

I'd also tone down the bottle label more. It shouldn't be the brightest value when his arms are white, too.

This is a cute concept!

(5 years and 973 days ago)

The Hangover
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MossyB says:

Love the richness of the reds, especially her lips! Great job!

(5 years and 1004 days ago)

Miss Pxleyes in the Grass
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MossyB says:

Surreal or not, the perspective is wonky, with the lampposts being about 4 1/2 feet tall in relation to the door behind them... The lighting is not "surreal," it's nonsensical. Perhaps you do not know what the Surrealism Art movement was all about, but trust when I say it is not to excuse poor Composition.

Surrealism focuses on organic shapes, twisting lines, visual textures and lighting specifically angled and shadowed to help convey a mood, not just lights tossed around with no logical illumination or shadows.

Your lighting of the archway provides no illumination of the ground in front of it, and the midget lampposts do not cast proper illumination of the ground directly below them.

CMYK was being kind in requesting an SBS. Whatever your thought processes, buddy, they are far more "surreal" than the lighting in this entry...

It really shows a lot of promise, but it also shows some glaring continuity issues that "surreal" cannot hide or excuse.

(5 years and 1007 days ago)

Hidden Path
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MossyB says:

Very imaginative, but the focus clarity of the image is too inconsistent to "read" smoothly to the eye, particularly the background behind the items in and on the water. Some selective blurring will help push the background down and make your focal point of the water stand out more. I would also slightly darken the background behind the ship sails to help them "pop" a bit more.

Also, since this is a "night" scene, you need to adjust colors. As a very old song used to sing "Red is black, and yellow, white..." At night, yellows are not yellow, and the green would be black...While there may be yellows, they would be from incandescent lights. Yours are giving a blue cast, making the color situation even more noticeable.

(5 years and 1010 days ago)

Distant world
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MossyB says:

Very nice chop. The composition could be a little bit better by moving the pearl over to either side, rather than dead center of the image, and the white it too bright for being under the water, but never the less, the colors and edges are very clean. Good work.

(5 years and 1010 days ago)

Golden Pearl
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MossyB says:

There's a nice glow, as if the entire building is illuminated in each room by candle light. But the flames are too muted and muddied to read as "FIRE!!!!" They just read as a glow...

This piece shows good promise, but you need to really punch those flames up a LOT. Fire is not a timid thing, especially a large one.

(5 years and 1014 days ago)

The Academy of Flames
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MossyB says:

Exquisite work. Congrats on a well-deserved win!
~M

(5 years and 1014 days ago)

Hummingbird
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MossyB says:

I'm a cell-phone Luddite. I use a Trac-phone that doesn't even access the Internet...

But thank you, I understand your image better now, although the politics behind it are still somewhat foggy, but that's the cell phone industry, not your chop...lol!

Best of luck, author!http://www.pxleyes.com/#

(5 years and 1018 days ago)

Ipod...Iphone....Ipad...Isheep
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MossyB says:

Cute back story! Nice chop.
~M

(5 years and 1020 days ago)

Captain Jack Squirrel
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MossyB says:

Okay, I'm having a terrible blonde moment, author, please help me out.
How does the eagle fit into the title, or conversely, how is the title supposed to relate to the image? Thx!
~M

(5 years and 1020 days ago)

Ipod...Iphone....Ipad...Isheep
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MossyB says:

This wouldn't load for me for the last day or so, but it worked this time. Awesome does not begin to describe this. Love the way your imagination works!!!
~M

(5 years and 1024 days ago)

Statues Don
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MossyB says:

Simply excellent! It tells a story, and makes the viewer part of the experience. Fantastic effort, and VERY cute! My fav.
~M

(5 years and 1024 days ago)

Learning to Jump
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MossyB says:

Excellent work! Very creative and well done.

(5 years and 1025 days ago)

Neon lights jump
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MossyB says:

Fantastic contrast and DOF, it looks like a Photoshop cut and paste, NOT an easy thing to accomplish. Good work.

(5 years and 1032 days ago)

hdr
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MossyB says:

What a beautiful bowl!

(5 years and 1041 days ago)

Hand carved
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MossyB says:

Nice texture, but it doesn't show the grain of the wood, just surface cuts...

EDIT: Much more interesting photo! You can really see the grain, as well as the effect of time and weather. Nice job!

(5 years and 1041 days ago)

Feel it...
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MossyB says:

The concept and overall composition of this is very nice. But the too bright background jumbles everything together and overpowers the gumdrop trees. Distance (*even imaginary types) is often conveyed by a graying effect, as red and yellow tones are more short light waves. If you were to slightly desaturate that background with a gradient adjustment layer, and possibly increase the color saturation of the gumdrop trees just a bit to help them "pop" a bit more, your "candyscape" will have a much better visual presence. As is, if you squint your eyes slightly to blur the entire image, you will see that is a somewhat amorphous blob needing a more distinct focal point.

(5 years and 1046 days ago)

candy world
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MossyB says:

This isn't square. The height needs to be equal to the width. You have the right idea, though.

(5 years and 1067 days ago)

French Fountain
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MossyB says:

Really well done. I particularly like the translucence of the ear piece. Great job!

(5 years and 1192 days ago)

Grand paaa...
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MossyB says:

The lens looks opaque, not clear. Even with a light reflection, something of the background should show through...

(5 years and 1192 days ago)

Futuristic monocle
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MossyB says:

The Canon T2i has a color oversaturation of about 111%, which can give you 'comic book' colors on Auto Mode. You will have to switch to a mode where you can make 'Picture Style' adjustments, and reduce your saturation slightly (-1 should bring to very close to a more natural color saturation). I believe you will find the information on or about Pg 92-94 of your user manual.

That's one of the joys of modern cameras, they allow for pretty easy 'point and shoot' capabilities, but have some very powerful tools built in to let you tweak the settings for even better photos.

Also, the Photography Contest rules DO allow you to make saturation adjustments with Photoshop so long as your adjustment (saturation) is applied to the entire image, and not just a portion of it (selective editing).

Hope this helps you, some!
~M

(5 years and 1194 days ago)

nameless
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MossyB says:

I wasn't talking about adjusting your values, I was suggesting cropping the too dark bottom off a bit, so that it is less 'bottom heavy,' composition wise.

And as for "the real deal," that is dependent upon the camera you are using. Some cameras record value levels differently than others. Having seen enough sunsets, I'd be willing to bet that the shoreline was not nearly pitch black with that much light still in the sky...

(5 years and 1196 days ago)

Sunset over cuba libre 2
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MossyB says:

Excellent work.

(5 years and 1196 days ago)

reflected
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MossyB says:

It's so dark, the lower third is basically black. I'd suggest cropping a large part of that away, to bring the focus up. It's weighing down your composition.

(5 years and 1196 days ago)

Sunset over cuba libre 2
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MossyB says:

Nice job. Good balance.

(5 years and 1196 days ago)

The walker
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MossyB says:

Wonderful composition, excellent photo. Most enjoyable to look at again and again. Well done!

(5 years and 1196 days ago)

African Still Life
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MossyB says:

What model camera are you using? Some oversaturate the colors on Auto...

(5 years and 1196 days ago)

nameless
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MossyB says:

Excellent focus and color. I'm not a fan of wasps, but I am a fan of this photo! Great job!

(5 years and 1196 days ago)

nameless
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MossyB says:

Stunning photo, it looks like a sci-fi structure. Great color and depth.

(5 years and 1196 days ago)

Passiflora nephrodes
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MossyB says:

@Wayne - I was rounding up, you rascal!
@Author - MUCH better!

(5 years and 1197 days ago)

old model
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MossyB says:

LOL - Fire your magician...Different cameras have different amounts of rectilinear, or barrel distortion which varies by model and focal length. Some cameras can adjust for it internally, some require external plug-ins like Fisheye-Hemi for Photoshop. But magic it ain't...

Cropping the left would lessen the distraction somewhat, and while it would square your image, the improvement in overall composition might be worth the trade off...

(5 years and 1197 days ago)

Escalating business
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MossyB says:

Shame the left edge of the umbrella was cut off, with so much empty space on the right...

(5 years and 1197 days ago)

sunset flame
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MossyB says:

Those are the exact words that came to my mind, too! Great capture, author!

(5 years and 1197 days ago)

quiet street
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MossyB says:

The contrast seems somewhat blown out.

(5 years and 1197 days ago)

seaside park bench
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MossyB says:

I love this photo. The expression on his face makes me smile. WONDERFUL lighting with the glint in his eyes. Excellent job!

(5 years and 1197 days ago)

Content
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MossyB says:

The fish eye distortion of the lens combined with the HDR gives this a very disconcerting effect...interesting.

(5 years and 1199 days ago)

Escalating business
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MossyB says:

Of course it looks fake and oversaturated, that's obvious from the color of the shadows and the foliage...that's what makes it interesting. Nice job.

(5 years and 1199 days ago)

Fall
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MossyB says:

Wonderful mood. Well done!

(5 years and 1199 days ago)

Trans America
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MossyB says:

The photo is off level. The foundation line of the building shows that the image tilts down to the right 1.29 degrees. I think that is what Wayne was referring to...

(5 years and 1199 days ago)

old model
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MossyB says:

Nice perspective!

(5 years and 1199 days ago)

Verbophobia
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MossyB says:

Very nice composition. Good contrast, color, and placement.

(5 years and 1199 days ago)

Mycophobia
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MossyB says:

Black and white does this image no favors. The grays are of too much a similar value, with the shadows in the center detracting from the facial expression, since the tongue almost disappears, and the cake is hard to recognize.

(5 years and 1199 days ago)

Birthday cake
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MossyB says:

Nice capture, but it would have been even better if the lines of the light were level, the slight downward tilt to the right throws the visual balance off a bit.

(5 years and 1199 days ago)

Light in the Darkness
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MossyB says:

Excellent photo, beautiful color and focus.

(5 years and 1199 days ago)

Amanita muscaria
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MossyB says:

Great capture, but the image would be MUCH stronger if you only had the center boxers in color. The blue ones at the bottom are too dominant, and steal the focus on the wild purple pink ones.

(5 years and 1199 days ago)

The colourful world of undies
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MossyB says:

Excellent composition. Great job!

(5 years and 1199 days ago)

Selective Red
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MossyB says:

The HDR effect is too extreme, with the halo effect on the uprights distracting from the sky. Less is more...

(5 years and 1199 days ago)

nameless
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MossyB says:

The blur on the RH side is distracting, especially since you cut off the LH edge of the book. You might consider cropping that blurry part off, which would help direct the focus back onto your subject.

(5 years and 1199 days ago)

old book
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MossyB says:

The slight tilt to the left weakens this photo.

(5 years and 1200 days ago)

Online Gambling
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MossyB says:

Wonderful mood, great job!

(5 years and 1200 days ago)

Red Chair by the River