Bob Wills  

Swirling Seas by Bob Wills

May 2023 - Swirling Seas

May 2023 - Bob Wills


May 2023 - Bob Wills

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May 2023 - Bob Wills

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About the Image(s)

I combined the Mayflower boat model and a cell shot of Snoqualmie Falls in PSCC. I added a texture from my cell files and then used the Swirl filter in PS to create a sense of motion in the water, cover some of the missing hull, and finish my vision of a stormy night. I found a night LUT in PS that gave it the colors I liked. I tried to D&B where impact was needed.
I wonder if this feels right to you, and if there are suggestions to add some drama or impact. I have become stuck as this has become a long project since last year. Sometimes I just see too little that others might see. HELP!

10 comments posted

Fred Giese   Fred Giese
Hi Bob, you did a very creative job on this one. I Like it, but I do have some suggestions. 1. The brightness in the very center needs to be toned down as do the sails. You are in a storm, so things need to rough and dark. 2. You might consider angling the ship a bit(raising the bow) to indicate the rough motion of the sea. 3.You might adding some white spots with low opacity to the water right by the bow (showing foam). BTW I really liked what you did with the motion of the water. Great idea. At the right side, near bottom, close to the edge, there is a straight line that needs to be blended out. I know this looks like a lot but it is very little. You did a really good job on this!   Posted: 05/08/2023 12:46:24
Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Thanks, Fred. Great suggestions. 1. The white Falls could have been adjusted but I've lost them as a background mostly anyway. 2. I'm going to try using a transform tool to add some angling, but if that doesn't work, I'll have to try shooting the ship again. 3. I haven't figured out how to fully brighten the bow water, as the swirl filter affected how the colors interact, I tried dodging, but it doesn't seem to lighten where I want/need. I don't like the muddy color there, but the filter limits what I can do about dodging the swirl, but I liked the filter's effect.
I may well need to learn how to use Smart objects for better effects in compositing, especially in creating this image.   Posted: 05/09/2023 08:39:54

RH Samarakone   RH Samarakone
Very creative and interesting concept and you have done well in bringing your idea to fruition. Well done!

I agree with Fred on the points he made.

If I may suggest, you could crop a section of the lower part of the waterfall as a separate layer, and do a perspective distortion and blend into create a subtle horizon line and depth to this image...that layer can be manipulated separately to create the drama and the roughness of the sea.

  Posted: 05/09/2023 21:25:31
Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Thanks, Bob, I'll try it. Sounds promising.   Posted: 05/12/2023 09:56:50

Deborah Milburn   Deborah Milburn
Very creative image. I learn from the comments that others have made. Great suggestions. Well done   Posted: 05/11/2023 15:28:52
Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Thanks, Deborah. Me too! Study groups are really great learning tools.   Posted: 05/12/2023 09:57:55

Shirley Ward   Shirley Ward
Reading all of the comments helped to define the image. However, I find the colors to be "off" for me, as the color of the ship might not be the best choice.   Posted: 05/14/2023 16:45:29
Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Thanks, Shirley. Do you have any recommendations?   Posted: 05/15/2023 09:56:49
Shirley Ward   Shirley Ward
Not really, but perhaps just leave the ship with the original white sales...   Posted: 05/15/2023 10:12:58
Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Linen's shopping on the mind??   Posted: 05/16/2023 21:07:49


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