Pat Couder  

Fireworks by Pat Couder

May 2020 - Fireworks

May 2020 - Pat Couder


About the Image(s)

The image is of a piece of artwork printed on a mesh screen. I bumped up the saturation, removed the black clouds, added the fireworks using brushes and blurred it to remove the patterning of the screen material.

10 comments posted

Shirley Ward   Shirley Ward
Interesting image...however, I find that the man asleep on the bench almost merges into the blue water, whereas, he is more separated in the 2nd image...Also my eye bounces back and forth from him and the bright red building....not sure what you can do to ease this scene...good use of a creative technique for the overall scene.   Posted: 05/03/2020 15:23:07
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
#2 is an unedited version made by Google Photos. I tried to force the viewers eye to the chapel. Maybe, I shouldn't have dodged his highlights? However, based on your reaction perhaps I should make him and the bench another color, dark rust or the original color?   Posted: 05/03/2020 18:31:18

Shirley Ward   Shirley Ward
Yes, I think you could save this scene by making the man and bench a different color, so that it doesn't blend in with the same color blue water.   Posted: 05/03/2020 20:56:22

Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
(Group 18)
Very colourful image but have you been quilty of taking this a step or two too far? #2 Is a great starting point where you could change the colour of the statue before moving on to playing around in Topaz. Yellow border works well.   Posted: 05/06/2020 05:09:35
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
My goal was to give the image a Van Gogh look without using a preset. It's rather harsh to my eye but fun to try.

I have started carefully brushing out the Topaz effects in the sculpture and think the suggestions I received will work well. Thanks to you and Shirley.

I'm being distracted from my creative playing by now doing necessary preparations to flee the record heat. We have gone from unusual wet and cold weather to record heat with only 1 week of Spring between.   Posted: 05/06/2020 09:16:19

Fred Giese   Fred Giese
It's only 105, what are you crying about :}. I liked that you tried this technique, a little over the top, but not bad in my opinion. I would suggest making the man on the bench a different color so he doesn't blend in with the water so much.   Posted: 05/11/2020 09:14:22
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
Thanks. I feel I learn something from every new filter I use. It's fun.
Hey, only 99 today. 70s next week as we start our summer in Logan, UT.   Posted: 05/11/2020 10:23:18

Mark Southard   Mark Southard
(Groups 8 & 18)
Creative image but I think that original 2 is just terrific.   Posted: 05/11/2020 10:16:18
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I wish I could take credit for #2, but Google submitted it to me and I just tweaked Clarity. What it does automatically and routinely, converting RAW to jpg is most remarkable. It's AI always, I think, is beyond what any human can do. I haven't seen a phone reviewer knowledgeable enough to recognize that. In almost every circumstance I choose my Pixel 4 over my Nikon D810.   Posted: 05/11/2020 10:31:18

Nellie Bretherick   Nellie Bretherick
Your Original 2 is a nice improvement over Original 1 but in your final I think you did what I am very good at - overdoing things! I find the colors to be too intense for a restful scene.   Posted: 05/24/2020 16:19:14


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