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January 29, 2010 at 12:04 am #18081bourkiesParticipant
I do have photoshop, and followed along with the lesson. But I actually have an editing program that I pay yearly subscriptions to use and I am in love with it so I used it for this photo.
The first thing I did was crop out some of the extra noise. Then I darkened the exposure a little and lightened the contrast. Then I worked on the saturation and pulled up a lot of the red to be more eye-catching. After that I added a reflection frame just to give it more character. And for the finishing touches, I added the before and after photos and titles.January 29, 2010 at 12:15 am #19526bourkiesParticipant
After I uploaded the photo, I realized how small it was. So I uploaded just the edited photo so it can be looked at in better detail.February 2, 2010 at 8:18 am #19527Duncan RawlinsonKeymaster
Great work on this assignment.
With this assignment we hoped that your changes didn’t create an artificial feel to the photograph. We wanted you to experiment with the idea of believable changes. You’ve done a great job of that.
In fact, I’m surprised how clean you could maintain your photograph with such heavy color editing. Often when editing colors so dramatically, it’s hard to maintain the integrity of the gradients of colors. Often what happens is the colors become pixilated as they transition between gradients. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case with your image at all. You seemed to have been able to maintain your photograph’s strong sense of texture and detail. Great work.
From a composition standpoint this image is also very strong. One of the primary design elements used (besides highly saturated colors and texture) is the strong use of lines.
In fact, it reminds me of a photographic version of a Rothko painting (with slightly more texture). There is a highly textured quality to the photograph and it’s enjoyable to explore the splashes of different colors throughout the wood.
The inclusion of the door hinge is also important. The hinge acts as a ‘stopper” giving your audience an object to rest on while they are not exploring the rest of the image. Otherwise, their eyes may simply wander into your composition and then wander out again quickly.
Great work on this assignment!
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