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 Post subject: WINDSURFER
PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 12:54 pm 
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I can't decide if this has potential, or if I need to just hit the Delete Button.

What are your thoughts? I'm looking for some harsh critique.

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 Post subject: Re: WINDSURFER
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Harshness forthcoming - it ain't no windsurfer, it is a kite boarder. I am not into the artistic stuff so really can't comment. Might make a cute print in one of the shops.


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 Post subject: Re: WINDSURFER
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I really like this. The "rotoscope" style really makes for a cool image. The colours and style of the sea remind me of The Great Wave off Kanagawa.

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 Post subject: Re: WINDSURFER
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What are your thoughts? I'm looking for some harsh critique.


OK - you asked for it: That is the gawd-awfullest photo of a Golden Retriever Puppy I've ever seen! Yes. Hit the delete key and spare us all from further suffering.


Alternatively, this has some artistic merit. I see a pretty happenin' image here. The colors are pleasing. There's definitely a story to be told here. The waves are dramatic. The energy and adrenalin being experienced by the boarder is captured perfectly as we see him/her harnessing the awesome and incredible power of the wind. The dark water also adds an element of mystery as I can imagine what creatures of the depths are lurking below the surface.

I've never been one for the artsy-fartsy manipulation of photos but it really works well for this particular image. I think its well done and I can imagine it hanging in an ocean front / beach front dwelling.

This gets a Bakey's thumbs up.

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 Post subject: Re: WINDSURFER
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The first thing i thought when i opened the page was 'i wonder what the photo looks like'. I just had a feeling the photo would be great. Did you rework it as there were elements of the photo that let it down, or were you intent on creating something different?

I also like the reworking though and agree with Bakey; could be hanging in a beach-front cafe. The problem i have with all photoshopped art of this style when printed is that they are so 2-D. When someone creates similar artwork with paint or other medium there is usully an added dimension or two, such as texture, three dimensionalily or visible brush strokes. These normally add to the artwork, in the way that the aged look of antique furniture is desirable and so difficult to emulate.

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 Post subject: Re: WINDSURFER
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Agreed, this should be hanging in a surf shop. I think you did good on the artsy conversion.

However, the guy's a nut. With all those waves around, he needs a "powered" surfboard? Man, that looks rough out there!

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 Post subject: Re: WINDSURFER
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I think this is a fun shot, and I like your creativity. Don't trash it. To me, the only weak spot is the sky which looks rather faded in comparison to the vibrant and artsy ocean and surfer.

Anyhow, you've inspired me to go back and look at a beach shot I took of a kid with a kite.

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 Post subject: Re: WINDSURFER
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The processing isn't to my taste, it feels too artificial and too saturated I'm afraid. It also gives the image a soft feel, makes me wonder if it's actually a soft image or whether the processing artifacts has made it look like that.

I think there's potential in the scene (though with large waves and the likely lighting it wouldn't be easy) but this isn't the sort of processing I'd choose.

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 Post subject: Re: WINDSURFER
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I like it. Like the others I can see this hanging in some cool surf shop.


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 Post subject: Re: WINDSURFER
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I'm into digital art and I like this one a lot. Really cool and as the others say would
suit a fun surfie setting.

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 Post subject: Re: WINDSURFER
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Thanx for the feedback.

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The first thing i thought when i opened the page was 'i wonder what the photo looks like'. I just had a feeling the photo would be great. Did you rework it as there were elements of the photo that let it down, or were you intent on creating something different?


As to the original photograph: The scene was wonderful... My photo of the scene, not so much. I was so disappointed.
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Not withstanding the poor photo, being there with a strong wind blowing, the sounds of the heavy surf and the smell of salt in the air, was wonderful. I'm a Florida boy, so being around the ocean is not a novel experience for me (even though I don't know the difference between a windsurfer and a Kite boarder). Even though the day was not a bright, blue sky, Florida postcard day, the stormy elements made for a unique ocean side experience.

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 Post subject: Re: WINDSURFER
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OK, so the photos doesn't quite hit all the marks - although contains plenty of excitement - so you turned it into something artsy that really works. Very creative! I really like what you did.

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