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Sometimes one may have a final image in mind and then one works to achieve and create it. Then some other times, the image can seem to create itself in the direction the editing work finds to create the best possible image.
I may end up with two or three versions of a final image with various applied editing processes each creating different results that would appeal to different people. So at times it can be a difficult decision to narrow down and select "the best" out of multiple versions made of a certain image or created scene, especially when additional artistic touches are introduced beyond the standard image.
As "ART" is subjective to personal taste and appeal, I may like one version while you may prefer the other, or neither.
For this example, I was at a point in my editing with a version of this image that my wife liked with the 'sculpture' texturing layer added giving it a more detailed appearance with emphasized surface contrasts. The background was already motion blurred from the wind that day so the sculpture effect emphasized that even more.
But I wasn't quite happy with it myself and tweaked it a bit more with enhanced saturation of the underlying layers and a different opacity adjustment of the texturing layer to give it a more painted appearance when viewed at a distance but yet retaining the surface texturing of the added scultpure effect when viewed up close.
So now WWIII begins...haha. Which one do we upload? How do we select the 'better' one? Do we just upload both or all versions made?
Sometimes uploading two or more very similar versions may detract viewers from selecting either to look at. If the versions are substantially different, then the image may appeal to a broader audience. With this image, one version may appeal to photography and digital editing fans while the other version may catch the eye of the painting buyers.
Some of our images are simply two combined shots while others take more elements to create them. In this example, I used six separate photographs to create the scene. With a series of shots taken of the same bird at this time providing a selection in various positions, it allows me to imagine multiple combinations and create a funny, unusal, or a possible yet unlikely or unprobable combination.
To create these images, I begin as I would for many of our realistic-based compiled images and "scenes" with selecting the base image and imagining what the scene would be with added elements from other photographs. More on this process can be seen in my blog: "Compiled Images. Here is how I do it."
So... now which version do you like better?
With enhanced colors for the painted look?
Or neither, not your type of image?