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Robyn Gwilt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/15/2005
 

Comments/crits please


I've just edited a whole bunch of boat pix - and applied mainly poster edges and orton effects - I'd appreciate some comments on them as a series.
Thanks


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12/9/2006 1:00:15 PM

 
Willie  L
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/28/2006
  I love it...what did you use to create that? Are they photoshop plug-ins?
Willie


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12/9/2006 5:55:06 PM

 
Linda Buchanan   Robyn, these are awesome. Are these from your recent trip to the coast?


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12/9/2006 8:08:22 PM

 
Robyn Gwilt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/15/2005
  Thanks Willie and Linda - yes, they were all taken in the harbour in Kalk Bay Cape Town in early Nov. Willie, its all done in PSE 4, no plug in - just using filters. Go to filter, artistic, poster edges (play around till you get the effect you like), then apply the Orton Technique. If you email me, I'll give you my 'recipe' for it. Thanks again for your positive comments :)


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12/9/2006 9:21:07 PM

 
anonymous A.    You've developed a nice blend of techniques with the Orton + edges approach, Robyn. I am not fond of the Orton Effect applied to people (for instance, in your Patiently Hoping piece, but the painterly, flat, acrylic/lacquer style you have introduced to you boats is very nice indeed, and suits the subjects well.

I see you are using it in your wedding photos: I think there are better ways to achieve the romantic look of an Orton when human skin is featured, and without distorting features as it seems to me is common when this form of layering is used. I believe the normal recommendation when trying to copy the Orton Effect digitally is to place the Orton (blurred)layer on top, set its blend mode to Multiply and reduce its opacity until it looks right. I find this tends to increase noise in skin tones and think the very minimum modification is to place the Orton layer underneath and use Darken, Hard Light or Soft Light in the top (non-Orton) layer. Lightening or desaturating parts of the underlying layer can also help.
But as to the original issue...it looks very good in your harbour series!


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12/9/2006 10:07:24 PM

 
Robyn Gwilt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/15/2005
  Thanks for that David - I agree with you, I think the whole thing on people is a bit much, as it also effects the skin and teeth tone!! I've also found that in Picasa, they have a very useful selective blur tool, where you can move your centre point, thereby keeping the face etc clear, and just apply a bit of blur on the edges. I agree it doesn't work with each and every pic - but landscapes/flowers etc, inanimate subjects seem to do better. Thanks for taking the time - I appreciate your constructive crit and compliment ! :)


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12/9/2006 10:20:13 PM

 
Robyn Gwilt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/15/2005
  Thanks for that David - I agree with you, I think the whole thing on people is a bit much, as it also effects the skin and teeth tone!! I've also found that in Picasa, they have a very useful selective blur tool, where you can move your centre point, thereby keeping the face etc clear, and just apply a bit of blur on the edges. I agree it doesn't work with each and every pic - but landscapes/flowers etc, inanimate subjects seem to do better. Thanks for taking the time - I appreciate your constructive crit and compliment ! :)
Just re-looked Patiently Hoping - (sorry, just woke up this side) I also applied it, to distort him a bit, as I didn't have a release (!) so I hope he looks like a 'generic' man LOL - but point taken :)


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12/9/2006 10:23:41 PM

 
anonymous A.    Ah! Well, it was really the halo around the whole body that I didn't like much.


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12/10/2006 1:57:47 AM

 
Robyn Gwilt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/15/2005
  LOL David - maybe I should have used the dodging tool on him a bit, as he was a man of colour!


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12/10/2006 2:55:55 PM

 
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