David Blass  

Stripes by David Blass

April 2021 - Stripes

April 2021 - David Blass


April 2021 - David Blass

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About the Image(s)

This image evolved several times as I worked on it. In Photoshop I removed the shadow under the ear and expanded the area taken up by stripes before increasing the contrast to make it strictly B&W. I thought at first that it would be only black and white, but started playing with various color fills. The background stripes are a detail of one of my ties, the only action the tie has gotten in quite a while.

8 comments posted

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
Welcome to the group David! You have presented us with a very striking first image. You have done well with the conversion of the Zebra photo, since Original 2 suffers from some harsh lighting. The stripes look much improved in the black and blue colourway! The eyelashes form an interesting and important break to the main pattern, so much so, that I would like to see them become a larger part of the overall image. I think that this could be obtained by cropping to a 75% square section of the inner image without losing any impact. Well done on a great contribution.   Posted: 04/03/2021 05:43:52
David Blass   David Blass
Mike, thanks for you words of welcome! I think you are right about a tighter crop, as the eye is a key element of the composition.

  Posted: 04/03/2021 16:52:47
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Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
I reckon that this works much better!   Posted: 04/05/2021 05:42:18

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Dave, what a wonderful image. I never would have thought of making such a great creation. And as has been suggested the eyelash is the key to the image but the shadows, color and diagonal flows are also important. I felt that the bottom of the image added little so in my revision I cropped only that part of the image and left the rest of the image as in the original.   Posted: 04/06/2021 18:49:50
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David Blass   David Blass
Thanks Jim! Your crop is also a good one. I admit that I'm partial to the pattern of stripes over the zebra's muzzle, which are more prominent in this view.   Posted: 04/07/2021 06:59:02

Mark Southard   Mark Southard
Most creative ! Would never have thought of doing this. I also would have liked to see it in just black and white.   Posted: 04/10/2021 16:14:41

Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
A warm welome David.
I would not have thought of combining these three images to create the abstract result you have presented. I may be in the minority here but I actually find the eyelash a distaction as it breaks the continuity of the stripes. With abstract images like this I would try various resizing options.   Posted: 04/11/2021 05:28:36

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
Welcome to the group, David.
I think this is most effective - good job. I think I like Jim's version better though.
I think it might better with a title like "blue zebra stripes" as a viewer might otherwise get confused by the eye.   Posted: 04/18/2021 09:31:00


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