Mike Cowdrey, MPSA  

Way of the deer by Mike Cowdrey, MPSA

August 2019 - Way of the deer

August 2019 - Mike Cowdrey, MPSA

Original 1

August 2019 - Mike Cowdrey, MPSA

Original 2

August 2019 - Mike Cowdrey, MPSA

Original 3

About the Image(s)

This month's offering is Way of the Deer. A Fallow Deer from Wollaton Park, copied and pasted to one of my
Da Vinci background. This time however, once pasted, I cut out a section of the background, and pasted that
over the deer, and reduced opacity. I was trying to create a situation where the deer was in the middle of the
undergrowth, as it would have been in nature, and I think this works to a degree. I will revisit and hopefully
refine the technique in future images.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted

Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
Mike you are a master with the Da Vinci technique. I really like this image. The only thing that bothers me is the greenish tinge on the belly of the deer which clashes a little with you colour pallet.   Posted: 08/11/2019 13:31:14

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
Thanks Ian.This was due to a reflection from the grass that the deer was standing on. I had noticed it and thought I had dealt with it fully. Thanks to your eagle eyes, I hadn't! I have now gratefully adjusted the master copy.   Posted: 08/14/2019 00:18:59

Jennifer Empey   Jennifer Empey
Mike, this image suits the technique well.
I'll ignore the green as I can see you have dealt with it.
My idea is to flip the background, so the scrub is on the right hand side. Then, the deer over to the right closer to the rule of 3rds. So, that the deer's point of view is not obstructed by the bush.   Posted: 08/14/2019 23:50:26

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
(Groups 6 & 53)
The green aside, since you've already taken care of it, I find the bright horizontal area from Original 2 doesn't quite fit here with your fantastic backgrounds. Brushing in a bit from Original 3 over that area makes more sense to my eye.   Posted: 08/22/2019 00:08:22
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Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
comparing the two versions I much prefer Tom's - not quite sure why.   Posted: 08/26/2019 02:18:10

Kerstin Köneke   Kerstin Köneke
That's a fine picture for the wall. You scetched up the original photo well. I wouldn't change a thing.   Posted: 08/30/2019 12:31:06