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Posted Dec 21, '12 at 4:50am

GhostOfHorror

GhostOfHorror

801 posts

I agree, Emp, your ornament is nice, I'd say make the circle of it a little smaller and put the snowmen in the middle.

 

Posted Dec 21, '12 at 10:55am

Salvidian

Salvidian

3,950 posts

Spent all night making these babies. Took a picture of stuff outside, scanned the pictures, then placed an opaque chalk layer over them using Photoshop. Yes, those are my surroundings in real life. Pretty neat, huh?

http://i1246.photobucket.com/albums/gg606/Salvidian/trees_zps99a20a39.png
http://i1246.photobucket.com/albums/gg606/Salvidian/house_zps8d7f0c63.png
http://i1246.photobucket.com/albums/gg606/Salvidian/woodpile_zps2d4eeab2.png
http://i1246.photobucket.com/albums/gg606/Salvidian/clothsline_zpse212aad1.png
http://i1246.photobucket.com/albums/gg606/Salvidian/firewood_zps50731c26.png

 

Posted Dec 21, '12 at 11:34am

Bronze

Bronze

2,337 posts

Really cool idea Sal. I think the top two could really work, but it would help if they were brighter ( like the third one). Could you run edit them?

Not sure about the fourth one. I like the trees, but they kinda blend together. You might be able to sharpen them up. And is that a clothesline?

I like the firewood too, really fits the theme well.

 

Posted Dec 21, '12 at 12:07pm

70_70_70

70_70_70

383 posts

@Sal: cool new pics man, but can u use SPACE to separate ur pics? bcoz it took me some times to realize that u actually have 5 pic- not 4, bcoz the 1st two pics seems like a WHOLE one lah :-P

 

Posted Dec 21, '12 at 12:15pm

Salvidian

Salvidian

3,950 posts

Could you run edit them?

Yep.

http://i1246.photobucket.com/albums/gg606/Salvidian/house_zpse95fd689.png

http://i1246.photobucket.com/albums/gg606/Salvidian/trees_zpsc7841208.png

The little speckles are annoying to me, but I don't know where they came from. I had my camera on 1600 IOS, so I'm guessing the specks are reflections of light of snow on the camera lens. It was snowing when I took these, so it makes sense.               

Not sure about the fourth one. I like the trees, but they kinda blend together. You might be able to sharpen them up. And is that a clothesline?

Yeah, it's a clothesline.

http://i1246.photobucket.com/albums/gg606/Salvidian/clothsline_zpsaf952b59.png

The original photo for this one was weird, so I don't think I can salvage too much from it. I tried sharpening it, but it killed the quality, so I ended up raising the contrast a bit and adding a light blue layer over everything to make it pop out a little.

I like the firewood too, really fits the theme well.

Thanks!

@Sal: cool new pics man, but can u use SPACE to separate ur pics? bcoz it took me some times to realize that u actually have 5 pic- not 4, bcoz the 1st two pics seems like a WHOLE one lah :-P

First, thanks.

I used space this time, haha. Actually, the first two are from one panorama I did. I split the image in half and viola! Two Armatar submissions.

 

Posted Dec 21, '12 at 12:21pm

Bronze

Bronze

2,337 posts

Yeah yeah, that really worked well.

The trees might not turn out, but the picture works in a more abstract sense. And by that I mean the colors and the overall mood feels like a winter setting.

 

Posted Dec 21, '12 at 2:01pm

EmperorPalpatine

EmperorPalpatine

5,011 posts

There was a blizzard all day yesterday, so I'll just post some pics I took today and see which ones you guys like, then I'll mess with editing and stuff. Hopefully they're all scaled down...

snow1
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic11.jpg

sun1
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic1.jpg

backyard1
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic10.jpg

snow2
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic12.jpg

snow3
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic13.jpg

snow4
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic14.jpg

snow5
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic15.jpg

frontyard1
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic16.jpg

frontyard2
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic3.jpg

frontyard3
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic4.jpg

frontyard4
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic5.jpg

frontyard5
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic6.jpg

backyard2
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic7.jpg

sideyard1
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic8.jpg

backyard3
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic9.jpg

snow6
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic17.jpg

branch1
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic18.jpg

branch2
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic19.jpg

branch3
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic20.jpg

branch4
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic21.jpg

branch5
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic22.jpg

branch6
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic23.jpg

 

Posted Dec 21, '12 at 2:14pm

Bronze

Bronze

2,337 posts

Sun1
backyard1
frontyard3
branch2

 

Posted Dec 21, '12 at 2:15pm

Salvidian

Salvidian

3,950 posts

You guys had that blizzard too? Lol, we had 16 inches.

To begin, going from a photo to the traditional, cartoon-y Armatar isn't easy. I don't feel like I've done a good job myself, to be honest. They still look a lot like photos, which is something I don't think will work very well as an Armatar.

The snow ones are kind of boring. We've all seen snow, and there isn't much detail to make it into anything eye-catching or attention-grabbing. It's just white, with a line or two here of mini-snow dunes.

The sun picture had too little IOS and too wide of an aperture (omg Sal knows some camera terms), which resulted in an overly dark, little contrasted picture where the serious use of depth-of-field blended everything together. It would take a lot of time to go in and reconstruct everything to make it Armatar-worthy.

The frontyard ones don't look too bad at all - the tree might be an issue because some of the branches are blurred together. If you could, maybe use the 3rd one and just get rid of the smaller branches? I feel like it would look very nice. If you use GIMP or Photoshop, it can be done fairly easy with a flick of the Clone Stamp tool. If you don't use GIMP or Photoshop, you'll probably ruin into some problems with making it look like the erased branches didn't just vanish. You need to keep it looking natural.

The sideyard one is definitely worth looking at. However, if you could get the more of the house into the picture (maybe by standing farther away), it would be a nice, contemporary "house in the countryside" kind of ordeal. Right now you don't get much with the house, and the trees aren't too exciting by themselves. Trees and houses compliment each other phenomenally.

Branch 4 is about the only branch one that's really interesting. The others are kind of bland, general branches. Branch 4 gives the viewer an observation from the ground up, but it isn't so extreme that it looks like a normal view. It's almost like a combination of ground view and bird's eye view, which is really nice. You might want to up the contrast a bit when editing it because you might lose a lot of detail if you make it into a cartoon-ish picture. Otherwise, the branches and sky contrast each other nicely.

 

Posted Dec 21, '12 at 2:26pm

EmperorPalpatine

EmperorPalpatine

5,011 posts

but is it better to put the snowman in the middle instead of the tree?

Like this?

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http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/ornament2size400.png

100
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/ornament2size100.png