© Debbie E. Payne


Dale Hardin 3/24/2012 1:42:04 PM

Beautifully done Debbie. Fantastic composition and the HDR is well balanced. This reminds me of a room where our quartet once spent an afternoon. Sat around for hours singing for ourselves. Later noticed some guests hanging out and about listening in. #1451674

Stephen Shoff 3/24/2012 2:30:08 PM

Phantastic, Debbie. I have a picture of a southwestern doorway with just this theme and colors hanging over my fireplace.

The only comment I would make, there is a long vertical and shorter horizontal bright edge to the wall on the right. The frame the contours of the wall well, but the tonality seems out of place to me. #10052406

Peter W. Marks 3/24/2012 5:11:17 PM

Nice little pad you have there Debbie :0) #10052560

Debbie E. Payne 3/24/2012 6:03:35 PM

I can only wish. This was where we stayed on our short trip to Santa Fe last Easter. Wish we could make it an annual Easter thing. There is a grand piano in this room - on the other side of the stairwell and someone was always playing it and they were well accomplished pianists so it was like having a free concert. This is a wedding destination B&B and yes, there was a wedding while we were there but we were in Santa Fe itself when that was going on.

Stephen, how would you suggest I address the tonality issue. I think I see what you are talking about, This was a sky replacement in all of the windows because it was so bright there was no blue in the sky which is probably why it looks off. #10052622

Rita K. Connell 3/24/2012 6:29:37 PM

what a nice image Debbie, looks like a great place to hang out especially with pianist as a bonus.

the only thing I see that I don't understand is if you follow the stairs to the second landing the wall is white? #10052677

Stephen Shoff 3/24/2012 9:00:33 PM

Several years ago I read an OP article describing the Healing Brush. I use that tool a lot more than the clone tool. It appears to work here. Just a selection next to the bright edges and then run the brush down the edge. I think it would need a very low opacity brush setting.

I was wondering about the sky although I wasn't referencing it at all in my suggestion.. Its beautiful. And realistic. The only thing that I could think of that might be better might be a sky with just a hint of sunset in it to coordinate (rather than contrast) with the warm tones of the room. #10052824

Debbie E. Payne 3/25/2012 7:42:26 AM

Rita, at first I didn't see what you were talking about and then I finally realized that that was light coming from either the skylights or from the windows on the other side of the house. Very weird, actually. I didn't know I captured that. You can see faint areas on that side of the house where smaller amounts of light are on the walls. And Stephen, I think that is the way the painting was done or something because as I look at other areas in the image I am seeing that at other right angles the white is present throughout.

But I do want to play with the windows and see if I can come up with something warmer. #10053365

Aimee C. Eisaman 3/25/2012 9:21:56 AM

Beautiful architectual image Debbie...you are really good with capturing spaces. I can't offer any suggestions for this other than burning the midtones in the area of that middle window to diminish the haze from the light there. :~) Great colors! #10053447

Michael Kelly 3/25/2012 12:25:08 PM

Beautiful colors and great architectural interest. I could see this being on the cover of any high end home type magazine. The issues mentioned I believe to be minor and changed or not this is a great capture. #10053636

Jeff E Jensen 3/25/2012 12:49:42 PM

This is beautiful indeed, Debbie!

I am curious, what lens did you use and at what focal length? I'm guessing you had some distortion issues to deal with and it looks like you did a great job keeping things straight. #10053669

Debbie E. Payne 3/25/2012 12:57:49 PM

Thanks, Jeff. This was probably my 24-105L at the lowest end. I am actually getting better at tweaking the distortions I come across. Finally figured out how to use the transform tools like "skew", "distort", "rotate" and "scale".

Stephen, I tried to replace a different sky but guess I haven't come across one with the same tonality. I tried just adding warmth to the sky in the windows but that didn't do the trick either so for now I will probably keep it as it is. #10053691

Debbie E. Payne 3/25/2012 3:55:10 PM

And if you take a look at this picture taken about the same time you will see how the color of the walls fades at the edges. Maybe that is just a style... #10053886

The Judges at BetterPhoto.com 6/19/2012 10:03:09 AM

Very professional interiors shot! #10189187

Aimee C. Eisaman 6/21/2012 7:40:28 AM

Beautiful Debbie...congrats on your finalist! :~) I still love the sharp details and the colors! #10193967

Dale Hardin 6/21/2012 8:06:52 AM

Congratulations on the finalist Debbie. #10194001

Jeff E Jensen 6/21/2012 4:25:58 PM

Congrats, Debbie! #10194678

Rita K. Connell 6/21/2012 8:52:41 PM

congratulation Debbie #10195092

Anthony L. Mancuso 6/23/2012 7:50:32 PM

Congrats on your finalist Deb! #10197287

Debbie E. Payne 6/23/2012 10:35:04 PM

Thanks to all - especially all you Phellos; for giving your helpful suggestions for this one. It was a beautiful place that I would go back to in a heartbeat. #10197380

Merna L. Nobile 6/30/2012 4:10:41 PM

Do what you love, and it will make your soul rich. CONGRATULATIONS, for being an award winner for the month of May, 2012. Merna

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