Candy Childrey, PPSA  


Dance at Tinturn Abbey by Candy Childrey, PPSA

July 2021 - Dance at Tinturn Abbey

July 2021 - Candy Childrey, PPSA

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July 2021 - Candy Childrey, PPSA

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About the Image(s)

In 2019 we visited Tinturn Abbey in Wales, UK. My image for this month is sort of a study in old vs new. Tinturn Abbey is now abandoned and in ruins and without a roof. The day we were there it was stormy and grey with off and on rain. I replaced the missing stained glass windows with windows from a church in Mississippi and added a grey sky to the missing roof area. And inside the old stone Abbey in front of the new windows we find a young girl in her first communion dress with no shoes and preparing to dance.

1-The new windows were selected, placed in the window openings, (layer changed to smart object), and resized.
2-The image was cropped to remove the sky above the roof line, and dark clouds placed in the openings above and next to the windows.
3-The right side of the image was duplicated and flipped horizontally and placed on the left side to give a more pleasing look which leads down the grass to the windows.
4-The windows were selected and Nik paper toner used to remove the new look. The opacity was reduced to 35% to bring back some of the color. Then a black and white texture was placed over the windows to give them an older look and over the grey sky to remove the smoothness @28% opacity.
5-The young girl was added, shadows under her feet and a Photomorphosis Artistic Selections texture added to the entire image @ 66% opacity. Most of the texture was removed from the young girl.
6-Nik's white neutralizer-wedding dress was added to the image which made the lighting more cohesive on the girl and Abbey.
7-Nik's darken lighten was added as well as OnOne vignette and sharpening. A final stroke was added.


This round’s discussion is now closed!
13 comments posted




Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
What a lovely abbey you have constructed from these beautiful ruins! That final texture also brought out the feeling of history in that abbey.

To me, the girl's dress is still much out of character with the lighting elsewhere. Perhaps if you had left some of the texture on the dress (very lightly), it might have made it more consistent?

I didn't have your texture, so I selected a light color on the angel window instead. The girl was enlarged and moved up and inward a bit. I had to cut out some of the pillars to the girl's left to cover the original image of the girl. I then put a solid color mask in the picked angel color over the covering layer and the girl, put it in Color blending mode at reduced opacity, and then turned the mask black and painted with lower opacity white over the girl's flesh and the added grass and pillars.   Posted: 07/02/2021 09:19:12
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Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Thank you for your comments, Georgianne. I was trying to show the contrast of the oldness of the Abbey as opposed to the fresh, crisp, new white communion dress of the young girl. That is why I left the dress more white than the whites in the rest of the image. Maybe I left it too bright. So I took Alan's suggestion and reduced the opacity of the white dress. See revised image under reply to Alan.   Posted: 07/05/2021 13:17:13



Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
William Wordsworth's poem "Tintern Abbey" is one of my favorite works of literature, and you have rendered the abbey quite well. The new windows work beautifully, and the new sky is perfect. My first impression was that the young lady is too bright. Sometimes reducing the opacity a tiny bit dulls the brightness. In any case this composite makes me think of the poem which is OK in my book.   Posted: 07/03/2021 19:42:23
Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Thank you for your kind words Alan. I took your advice and reduced the opacity (brightness) of the dress and and reduced slightly the brightness of the young girl. Do you think it is still too bright? I had left the girl and crisp, new, white communion dress brighter to show the contrast of the oldness of the Abbey vs the fresh, new, young girl and her crisp, new, white communion dress.   Posted: 07/05/2021 13:21:11
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Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
Much better!   Posted: 07/06/2021 08:07:15



Gwen Neff   Gwen Neff
This is a beautifully executed image, but I too would adjust the white that the girl is wearing.   Posted: 07/05/2021 09:19:27
Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Thank you for your encouraging comments, Gwen. I reduced the opacity of the brightness of the girl and dress. See image under Alan's reply. Do you feel that this is an improvement?   Posted: 07/05/2021 13:28:39
Gwen Neff   Gwen Neff
I think it is perfect. The slight difference in opacity shows the new/old you want but doesn't make her a distraction! Well done!   Posted: 07/05/2021 17:18:51
Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Thank you.   Posted: 07/06/2021 13:54:26



Steve Estill   Steve Estill
A well composed image. I like waht you've doen to the window - using the smart object route can be so useful.
The correction you've made to the dress has really made this image. Well done.   Posted: 07/09/2021 14:25:45



Fran McFadzen   Fran McFadzen
What a spectacular job you have done with the abbey. I agree with others that the girl is too bright in comparison, and I like the version Georgianne has made. She still looks very new in comparison, but more integrated with the dim interior lighting.
I might also increase the scale of your dancer. At the moment, the abbey dominates. Should the dancer dominate? Depends on your intention, I guess.
Anyway, I had a play. I also gave the dancer a more greenish tint. Not sure that there is any improvement though.   Posted: 07/10/2021 18:54:39
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Fran McFadzen   Fran McFadzen
And then swapped sides.   Posted: 07/10/2021 18:55:14
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Jan Handman   Jan Handman
You did a great job with the abbey Candy. The replacement windows totally look like they're original to the building. And it was a great idea to duplicate the arches from the right side to balance the left side. I agree with the comments about the brightness of the girl but your revamp helped that. I think your intent of old versus young subject elements came across to the viewer nicely. Well done!   Posted: 07/11/2021 15:49:41