MUDDOON_SMOOTH, thanks for your constructive and helpful critique, and of course insight to your personality and maturity level. You are obviously one of the great masters of photography, and an inspiration to us all with your recent accomplishment on your August POTW win, (one of many?).
I had to have a look at YOUR gallery, to see where I was missing the mark. All of YOUR images are MASTERS.
On that note, I thank you for my warm welcome to the site, congratulate you once again on your win, and thank you again and again on your CONSTRUCTIVE critique.
You see, amateur digital special effects; photo art; manipulation or digital darkroom is a recognized form of photography. And though my only thoughts when creating this image was to experiment with blending the skin tones of my hand and my face, (the black and white hand is a failed attempt), people like yourself have assumed all sorts of alternative motives, or political statements.
I don't hold that against you, as you mind may grow as your body does, or it may not, that's up to you.
now the how to for the image:
(How?) Using the Magic wand on the Fist of four photos with a Marquee tolerance setting of 50. This grabbed most of the darkness behind my fist and I used a magnification of 400% to lasso the rest of the darkness around my fist. Then I inverted the selection and applied a feather of 5 pixles... inverted again and hit delete leaving a background mostly of Black. Next I increased the horizontal canvas size anchoring the right, by 200% and dragged and dropped the Opened Hand into the empty space on the left. Here I performed much the same actions as in the Fist layer. The faces came next, dragging and dropping onto their Opened and closed hands, I used an oval shaped marquee keeping the Noses in the center, then inverted my selection and deleted the surrounding solids. Inverting again so the remaining faces were selected, I applied a feather of 50 pixels then inverted again and hit delete. This gave me a nice 25 pixel faced edge set of faces, which I then applied a bit of transparency to and adjusted hue and saturation a bit. there was some overlapping of the faces beyond the hands, so I went to the fist layer and applied the wand marquee to the blackened area, then selected the angry face and hit delete which took out the excess face polluting the background of my fist layer. Doing the same for the other face and opened hand layer, I only had to merge the open hand / face layer and use Photo shops "De saturate" adjustment, flatten the entire image and sharpen it before resizing to a 800 x 480 pixels. Hope this is helpful for anyone wanting to do similar editing.
thanks everyone for your comments and encouragement.
#13 Tue August 30, 2005 12:14am
Interesting reply. Due to Muldoons rather unwelcome comments on my work and others I will make a few points. Having looked at soysop912's work, it is indeed clear that he is heavily into manipulation. Now I am well known for not being a fan of this, or indeed the heavy use of filters either. This is just my opinion on things, not my area, and not of any interest to me. Although I have experimented. I think we all make our own minds up on what we want to produce in photography. I for one want to see a picture that I have created with my camera, not on Photoshop, or not much anyway. There is talent here indeed, and I think respect is due on this at the least. In my view this is not photography, but art. Odd you may say! Well just my take. Now please dont think I am springing to the defence of the arrogant and idiotic Muldoon.
I do feel that blowing your own trumpet about awards etc, does not help the case. But understand you wanted to make a point. Your work is interesting, and whilst not my thing; unlike Muldoon, I do not feel threatened by it. I shall leave the Muldoon Nasty Smooth to defend his own comments! I have learned to live with other peoples ideas, even if I dont like them. I rated this an 8 as an artistic piece. Hard as that was to do!
I appreciate your comments BG, and also that there are may purists out there who wish to remain true to the art of photography, (which in itself was not considered an art and had many purist (to painting) critics when it first came on the scene).
It was difficult "tooting my own horn", and regretted doing so as I looked up the references, as I felt it made me no better than MS for what he likely thought a witty and well structured sentence when slamming my work without making a point to what he felt was wrong.
I lowered my self to his childish level by even responding to his comment, but it was the second comment that got me writing.
So, is this site personality driven, or is there a constructive cohesion among the members, to help others develop their photographic skills and reach new levels?
Is there a BLOCK filter?
Maybe in the future I'll just enter my pure photography work, or as the rule of conduct indicate, continue with manipulated images, I don't know.
I'll just take it day by day here, see how things go, read the guidelines for user behaviors and acceptable conduct, behave myself, and call on moderators if things get out of hand. Or just hang my head, put my tail between my legs and wander off in search of another place to call home.
Seriously though, thanks for your comments and insight, it hey really are appreciated.