Mike Cowdrey, MPSA  

Sundown Special by Mike Cowdrey, MPSA

July 2024 - Sundown Special

July 2024 - Mike Cowdrey, MPSA


July 2024 - Mike Cowdrey, MPSA

Original 2

About the Image(s)

Original 1 is a sunset taken on the recent Menorcan holiday, and cropped slightly. Original 2 was taken at a weekend Summer fair in my home city of Nottingham. The ride was isolated, and copied and pasted into Original 1 at 90% diffusion. My only difficulty with this was retaining the lines to the chairs in the copy made. I then similarly added the swans, knots, and crescent moon. Lastly I added a thin
double frame. I did try to use filters in Topaz Studio 2, but couldn't find one that really helped to create a more altered reality, so maybe I will be criticised for not being
true enough to the Group's definition, but so be it!

3 comments posted

Steve Wessing   Steve Wessing
The lines do seem a bit faded, but until I read your description, I didn't notice. In fact, in terms of lighting and perspective, they are the most natural looking element. The ride seems out of place for two reasons. One is the lighting. With the sun behind it, and the full silhouettes of the background, the well lit ride seems unnatural. The second, less obvious problem is perspective. The ride was shot from below looking up, while everything else seems to be shot toward the horizon. Rather than fix these less obvious issues by making everything silhouette (and losing the playful colors), you could add more distraction such as making one of the swans unnaturally large, or make the knots in bright colors to match the ride.   Posted: 07/02/2024 11:07:12

Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
(Group 18)
In my view Mike this perfectly meets the creative category. A creative image does not have to look natural with perfectly matching lighting. It is also about altered reality which is what I feel you have achieved.   Posted: 07/07/2024 05:19:15
Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
Thanks Ian!   Posted: 07/08/2024 07:55:37


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