Dragon in the Woods (Opinions please!)

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  1. DGMPhotography

    DGMPhotography Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Hello:

    This is a photo from a recent cosplay shoot I did. I really like how this shot turned out, but I'm not sure how I feel about the tree in the background. For some reason I kinda like it, but I also don't.

    So here are two different versions (with and without the tree). Feedback on the image is welcome, but please also tell me what you think about the tree!

    Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 12.08.48 PM.jpg Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 12.08.54 PM.jpg

    There's probably a little more work on the fix I can do, but this is good enough for comparison I think.

    Thanks!


     
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  2. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I don't think the tree hurts the image, but I do slightly prefer the image without it.
     
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  3. DGMPhotography

    DGMPhotography Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Yeah... that's the same way I feel.
     
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    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

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    I prefer the one without the tree, by far. The tree looming so large in the central area of the shot really competes,strongly, for attention with the cosplay figure. WHat makes the tree so,so attention diverting is its slight lean, plus the fact that it has good, bold lighting on its trunk; a highlight on the left, transition zone, and then a nice, hefty shadow on the right hand side of the tree--ACKKKK!!!!! The tree is lighted so strongly! Look at the smaller trees..they render as simple, dark,small,whimpy little trees...that big tree is in good light...it simply MUST be eliminated.
     
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    DGMPhotography Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Yeah, that makes sense.

    Here's another version. I added some creative flavor to it, and polished off the cloning.

    Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 9.21.47 AM.jpg
    I realize that the highlights are a little strong here, but I like the "glowing" effect it gives.
     
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    Granddad Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I'm a sheep, dump the tree. I like the image and the setting, nice work. :)
     
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    Braineack Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    there's more pop to that last. Best so far. If it were me I'd still bring out the shadows furthers, there's lots of black/blue clipping.
     
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    rexbobcat Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    It reminds me of Princess Mononoke.

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    DGMPhotography Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    This a little better?

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    DGMPhotography Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I'm sure it was inspired!!
     
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    daisyish TPF Noob!

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    Yup like everyone else said I like without the tree better :)

    You did a great job photoshopping I can't even tell it was there in the first place.
     
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    Thank you! The content-aware tool works wonders :)
     

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