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Textures of Driftwood - Beach 39 by Bob Legg

April 2021 - Textures of Driftwood - Beach 39

April 2021 - Bob Legg

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Good afternoon Pete. Thanks for the reminder. I worked on this masterpiece “Textures of Driftwood Beach” during the winter vs this beautiful not too warm spring day. Image was taken in Georgia last February. It has plenty of textures and I’d be hard pressed to duplicate the editing. I used Topaz Liquid Lines primarily and did dodging and burning to make a path thru the image. The group will have plenty of wiggle room to suggest changes because of all the textures and lack of definitive subject(s). Don’t overlook the “eye” in my composition. Maybe I should of concentrated on other compositions but this reached out and said Textures of driftwood here I am.

Data: ISO320, 50mm on my 28-300, f8.0 for 1/30 sec on my Nikon D780.


9 comments posted




LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
I love your monster art photo this month, Bob! The eye is a fantastic key element of the image. I think all your edits were good. I see monsters fighting in this image, and I am anxious to learn what others in the group see. Amazing what one sees in a piece of driftwood.

I am using the eye, most definitely, and re-cropping to put it on the upper right impact point in the golden ratio grid for my edit. I took it into Nik Silver Efex and applied the Push Process (n+1.5) effect, dropped the grain to 408, and used the type 14 border as I felt it all went together.

Thanks for submitting this great challenge; now I have to do one too!

Best regards,
LuAnn

I am curious what you think!

Best regards,

LuAnn   Posted: 04/05/2021 16:01:33
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Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
I like your version. I think you must be a Nik Silver Efx sales agent because everything you've done with it is super interesting. I used it today on a photo and am just about convinced to buy it!   Posted: 04/11/2021 22:56:47
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hi Bunny,

No, I am sad to say I am not a sales person, but what a great idea! Actually, I never liked Nik software till I saw what Oliver could do with it. I persevered and kept plugging away until things started to click. Not every image I try comes out but i think it has a lot to do with the subject and the light in the image.

I think Nik is worth a try if you are considering it. But like anything, practice makes perfect.

Best regards,
LT   Posted: 04/12/2021 07:05:18
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hi Bunny,

No, I am sad to say I am not a sales person, but what a great idea! Actually, I never liked Nik software till I saw what Oliver could do with it. I persevered and kept plugging away until things started to click. Not every image I try comes out but i think it has a lot to do with the subject and the light in the image.

I think Nik is worth a try if you are considering it. But like anything, practice makes perfect.

Best regards,
LT   Posted: 04/12/2021 19:35:23



Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk
Bob,

High marks to you for applying the Liquid Lines to the driftwood, it works very well and will inspire us to take a crack at it as well.

Emil   Posted: 04/07/2021 11:04:09



Leah Konicki   Leah Konicki
Bob,
this is very creative and magical, and to be frank, breathtaking. It is also very abstract (I had no idea it was driftwood until seeing the original). I am very fond of abstract, so that's not a bad thing for me! I had never heard of Liquid Lines, looks like it could be fun to play with and would work well with the right image. Thanks so much for sharing this inspiring image.   Posted: 04/10/2021 09:41:23



Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
Hi Bob,

What an interesting abstract. I've always been captivated by driftwood and how it seems to arrange itself artistically on the beach. How does that happen?

Your treatment gives the driftwood a more textile or hairlike treatment. (I love liquid lines.) I find my eye wandering over the picture to look for secret messages or patterns. The image definitely engages me and is much more interesting than the original, in my opinion.

LuAnn might see monsters fighting, but I see unruly hair, made that way by the lack of hair styling during this past year!!!   Posted: 04/11/2021 22:54:58



Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Bob, you've convinced me to look into Topaz Liquid Lines. This is an amazing effect. As Leah and Bunny said, you've turned the driftwood into a wonderful abstract. It's beautiful but also is the kind of image that could cause nightmares. The intertwined tentacles make me feel a bit twingy. Impressive!

Of course, I had to play with the image in Photoshop and Camera Raw. I decided to crop a bit on the left, as LuAnn did... but not quite as much. Then I made lots of adjustments with lighting, texture, and especially contrast. What do you think?
  Posted: 04/13/2021 15:16:41
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Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Oliver, LuAnn, Bunny, Leah and Emil. Sorry for not replying individually. I've been away and without my passwords to comment. Thank you to everyone for your kind words and wonderful edits. I guess I was correct when submitting this image that it gave everyone a chance to be creative. Glad it worked out that way. I Love both the edits from LuAnn and Oliver. It is the kind of image where there is no wrong edit, just different visions. Thanks Everyone.   Posted: 04/17/2021 16:39:21



 

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