I would like some opinions of which photo is more to your liking, the standard photo or the artistic photo. Which would you be more likely to hang on your wall. I realize you may not like either one but I'm more interested in which is the top choice overall. I really appreciate your time and effort ,I'm not trying to win a vote contest, just interested in the results.
i like the first better, however - it's over sharp, i see misalignment on the water flume, and it could use a little more color closer to the second but not as much as the second. you might want add a description and keywords.
I like the first one better although I fully appreciate that many people will go for the second, so take this with a pinch of salt if you like.... The second one does have a certain 'moodiness' about it, but when all's said and done it comes across as still being a filtered photograph. It is nice but I would be far more selective.... Think deeply about what this individual photograph is trying to portray and then - being very selective about what you alter and by how much - go for that 'feeling' or mood that you feel yourself like a ferret and don't stop till it's done. Think about engravers engraving or carvers carving or sculptors sculpting... or painters painting. Wrestle with it like Jacob's struggle with The Angel until it's looks exactly how you feel about it yourself. Pull out the magic and then polish it till it shines. If you're making the leap from photo to digital painting be merciless and don't cut corners.
As it stands I, personally, wouldn't market this as a digital painting. My own humble opinion is that there is room in the market for digitally enhanced photos without labelling them as paintings and that they have a beauty in their own right. Maybe they're something betwixt and between that needs a new category in the grander scheme of things. However, I do firmly believe that we can go a step beyond this and buildl something altogether more substantial and wonderful from the bare bones of a photograph.
Nb: The above is not to disparage photography in any way. I love beautiful photographs. It's just my opinion that - if we're seeking to do something 'other' with that captured image that we must be downright atavistic and fundamental in our approach if we're to make our alternative view properly valid.
MIke I understand the over sharpening and as I look at it closely I used the wrong amount .I don't know what you mean about the flume being misaligned can you elaborate please. Thanks very much ,and I do appreciate the time and comments.
I think the first is my preference but agree with Mike - it does appear over sharpened and compression here on FAA doesn't help that, either. The softness of the first image seems to lend itself (to my eye) to be more natural, if you will.
There is vanilla and chocolate for a reason! The both have merit and are both very nice. Just depends on the person viewing it.
Johnny I do know what you mean by keeping after it,thats exactly what prompted me to post the before and after pics. I'll do just that and I thank you for all your time and effort to respond quickly and so profusely.
it's easier to see on the log leaning, i see a doubling there. you can also see an odd color shift at the very end on the left. like a ghost line that matches the wood. the leaves don't have the double look. it might be the process you used on the water part of it.
Mike I see what you are talking about now ,don't know how I missed that I think it came from the HDR effect ,thanks much my friend. I had to go back to my PS copy to find it , these old eyes I guess are not what they used o be lol
Personally, I would go for #1 as it looks softer and less processed. As a digital artist myself, I face this predicament often and have come to the conclusion that it really is a personal choice, when all said and done. I find #2 looks over-processed. Did you use HDR on it?
I agree with Angelina and Mike. Maybe work a little with #1. Try highlights and lowlights.......
Thanks folks this is what I needed ,first one seams to have the edge at least so far, but with as you say another edit job. This is very enlightening and informative, I guess it's just a personal taste thing, some like it and some don't. I was afraid it would be overwhelming one way or the other . Anyway thanks to all Randall
Rich I just pulled up this shot to find out folks preference for standard or artistic images. There seams to be a lot of artistic work on this site. I probably have a shot there in the fall ,I spent 5 months there photographing the Smokies. It looks like the standard image wins out 7 to 3. Thanks all
Thanks for the comment Andee ,thats another reason for my asking , I wanted to know how many of my works I should post as digital art vs regular photography . I didn't want to over do it. NOw I have an idea about my ratio. Looks like about 2 to 1 would be a good start although I'm not sure I can produce that many digital art pieces. I generally just let the image pick itself for the way I'm going to develop it. you know what I mean some shots just lend themselves to certain looks. Thanks Randall