John Kain  


Dunham pagoda by John Kain

November 2020 - Dunham pagoda

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9 comments posted




Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
I think that your final production works really well John. You have used the technique effectively to produce a unique image. The only thing that jars slightly for me is the blurry green section with a straight line at the inner left of centre. Perhaps soften the harsh line, and change to a lighter, more compatible colour.   Posted: 11/12/2020 08:55:47
John Kain
Thanks Mike, glad you liked it. Unfortunately I could not do anything with the blurry green section. It was actually a reflection in the water on the other side of the pagoda. I should have applied a gaussian blur to the area to reduce the sharpness of the line. I guess I could have changed the color to a light blue to blend in with the sky.
  Posted: 11/12/2020 14:53:09



Mark Southard   Mark Southard
Most creative ! Really like the effect you have created. Do wish the green area was toned down a bit............   Posted: 11/13/2020 18:47:49



Jen Fawkes   Jen Fawkes
I think this is really effective and quite whimsical. I don't mind the green area, but you might consider softening or blurring down the edge of the square in the middle that the border was not so obvious and blended with your sharp image in the middle.   Posted: 11/14/2020 21:48:06
Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
I think the centre would be better softened too but overall a really unusual effect.   Posted: 11/19/2020 15:15:08



John Kain
Thanks for the comments. Based on your comments I have reworked the image a little.   Posted: 11/15/2020 11:29:28
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Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
I like the image except that the sharp pagoda image is so centered. My eye is drawn to just that center area. I suggest you consider cropping some off the right side, the bottom and enlarging the area above the sharp pagoda to add more interest.   Posted: 11/15/2020 19:24:04
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Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
I seem to have omitted to post your How I did it - apologies.
For the benefit of others here it is:-
I took this photo at a local park donated to the community by the Dunham estates. Using the small world app as I guide, I used the 3D function of Photoshop to recreate it. I then added a painting texture from Topaz Impressions. I then layered the original photo into the center.

The 3D is not a part of Photoshop that I have explored; your use of it has created a very interesting image. Your reworking has improved the central section. Could you tone down the green by using the sponge brush in desaturation mode?

  Posted: 11/16/2020 03:22:09
John Kain
Thanks Ian, I am not sure I will ever use the 3D again myself. I was trying to recreate an image that was an app on my phone. It did work but was very difficult to manipulate. I am not sure I can duplicate it again. There is an easier way but you have to start with a panorama picture and in Photoshop use the Filter MenuDistortPolar Coordinates filter. Then there is the cropping and rotation of the image to get something you like.
  Posted: 11/16/2020 08:46:54