Marilyn Kinyon  

Baby loves the Sun by Marilyn Kinyon

October 2020 - Baby loves the Sun

October 2020 - Marilyn Kinyon

Original 1

October 2020 - Marilyn Kinyon

Original 2

October 2020 - Marilyn Kinyon

Original 3

About the Image(s)

This is a fairly simple composite combining three pictures taken in a local wetlands park. The main subject is an Eastern Box Turtle approx. one month old. I did some opacity blending to help them go together better. Also a little bit of plant cloning. Then added the vignette and sunbeam effects to give more feeling to the picture.

6 comments posted

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
You did a very nice job importing the turtle into its new environment, and you didn't even have to clone out the piece of grass on its back. I try to treat my art with a "less is more" philosophy. For me, the tone of Original 3 is much calmer than the final composite. I feel the vignetting wears away the soft, calm tone of Original 3. You have a slow turtle next to another slow creature and yet your final composite is revved up by the vignette. The sun beams are enough to add a little spice. For me, it's worth revisiting this composite.   Posted: 10/10/2020 10:38:14

Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Marilyn, This is a very pleasing image. I didn't notice the snail at all with my first viewing so I wonder if it adds anything. I might try increasing the contrast or saturation of the turtle to further draw attention to this main subject, especially since you have rays of light illuminating him.   Posted: 10/11/2020 12:50:52

Aavo Koort   Aavo Koort
Interesting composition. It needs more sharpness and darkening like the original #3.
I also did not see the snail. How about relocating him - perhaps to the tip of the rock.   Posted: 10/14/2020 18:30:58

Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
Marilyn, I like how you placed the turtle on the rock! I agree that I had to search for the snail. If it's important to your story, then perhaps you'd like to place it somewhere more prominent. Perhaps to the left of the turtles head?
I like the softness of the sun drenched composition and wonder if the sun rays might be softened to match the overall feeling of your composition?
  Posted: 10/14/2020 21:58:39

Peggy Nugent   Peggy Nugent
Such a charming turtle! I love the way its head is raised and the expression on its face. You captured all of its beautiful detail.
Great title.
It looks very much at home on the rock. The green of the water is a very compatible tone with the brown on the turtle. I like the way the tall plants lead my eye up the sunbeams.

Personally, I like the white vignette, though I might choose to use a bit less of it. I'd love to see more of that wonderful turtle, and so would consider cropping in.   Posted: 10/15/2020 17:20:12

Marilyn Kinyon   Marilyn Kinyon
Thanks everyone, I have played with this one a bit more bit and will keep working on it.   Posted: 10/18/2020 17:18:04


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