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Jun 30, 2009 at 07:46 PM
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Utterly fabulous, Jim, my dear friend! I think you will likely take the tip prize this week with this one. Lightening is particularly difficult for me to get looking right in PS. How did you do the lightening and smoke effect? Bravo!!!

Fond regards,

Endre



Jun 30, 2009 at 08:44 PM
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Awesome composite, the only thing that doesn't sit quite right with me though is the left sleeve. I'd probably try to darken it a little bit to bring out the outline of the face a bit more.


Jun 30, 2009 at 10:03 PM
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That's one totally fabulous shot James - superb idea, great composition and wonderful execution!

If I was being **really** picky I'd say it was a pity the point the lightening meets the left thumb is a tad dark - it looks fab on the other fingers as there seems to be some light points on the finger ends and looks natural - as if the lightening is emanating from the light spots on the finger ends.

But that's microscopic compared with the awesomeness of the shot! I love it.



Jun 30, 2009 at 10:41 PM
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Thanks Endre. The image is a single shot - except the lightning - which I shot during a storm 6-28-09.

Strad wrote:
Utterly fabulous, Jim, my dear friend! I think you will likely take the tip prize this week with this one. Lightening is particularly difficult for me to get looking right in PS. How did you do the lightening and smoke effect? Bravo!!!

Fond regards,

Endre




Jun 30, 2009 at 10:44 PM
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Thank you, Kaouthia. The sleeve doesn't bother me. Considering the topic, I'm just happy that my ugly mug didn't ruin the image.

Kaouthia wrote:
Awesome composite, the only thing that doesn't sit quite right with me though is the left sleeve. I'd probably try to darken it a little bit to bring out the outline of the face a bit more.




Jun 30, 2009 at 10:46 PM
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Suse, thank you for the wonderful comment. I'll double check that thumb in a little bit. I did work on the finger tips, but perhaps I made too small a change on that one.

suse wrote:
That's one totally fabulous shot James - superb idea, great composition and wonderful execution!

If I was being **really** picky I'd say it was a pity the point the lightening meets the left thumb is a tad dark - it looks fab on the other fingers as there seems to be some light points on the finger ends and looks natural - as if the lightening is emanating from the light spots on the finger ends.

But that's microscopic compared with the awesomeness of the shot! I love it.




Jun 30, 2009 at 10:48 PM
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Were the lenses sharper after getting zapped?

Excellent entry James.



Jul 01, 2009 at 12:57 AM
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Darned good processing - a great result. Hope your lenses survived the strike


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p.1 #10 · #351 Smoke & Mirrors


Awesome and so creative. Love it!


Jul 01, 2009 at 01:40 AM
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p.1 #11 · #351 Smoke & Mirrors


Your magic powers are showing.

This is so imaginative and fun! (your mug isn't ugly either)



Jul 01, 2009 at 01:44 AM
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p.1 #12 · #351 Smoke & Mirrors


Nope....and I had such high hopes....

Bill Adam wrote:
Were the lenses sharper after getting zapped?

Excellent entry James.




Jul 01, 2009 at 03:05 AM
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Thanks, Bill. I do think they need cleaning due to the smoke, though.

Bill Sutherland wrote:
Darned good processing - a great result. Hope your lenses survived the strike




Jul 01, 2009 at 03:06 AM
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Thank you, Bev!

Beverly Guhl wrote:
Awesome and so creative. Love it!




Jul 01, 2009 at 03:06 AM
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Thank you, Caley. I do have a problem with my internal image not matching reality. Time has really done a number on me - IMO.

zcaley wrote:
Your magic powers are showing.

This is so imaginative and fun! (your mug isn't ugly either)




Jul 01, 2009 at 03:08 AM
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p.1 #16 · #351 Smoke & Mirrors


So creative..bravo,well done!! Good luck!


Jul 01, 2009 at 04:59 AM
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p.1 #17 · #351 Smoke & Mirrors


I usually don't like PS work but this one is the exception to the rule. Very creative shot.

Happy shooting,
Yakim.




Jul 02, 2009 at 08:18 AM





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