Deeon Nov 07
I know I'm coming late to the party but wanted to add my two cents because that's what I do best, right to wrong. MHO: I love the third dog! This reminds me of so many parties I went to while in France. My buds and I would be having a grand old time ( meaning we were drunk, loud and disorderly; not because we were Americans but because that is just who we were at the time) and there was always some French guy or Englishman standing on the sidelines looking staid and stable, trying not to look at us because we were an embarrassment (though they would catch the eye of all passers by and frown to make sure everyone knew this was not HIS idea and oh, aren't they just terrible). The buildings, the landscaping and the third dog look so proper. Then come the party crashes acting like clowns!!!
1174696pfolrevon Jun 07
You're welcome Jill. If you like the third dog, and like Photoshopping, you can try to make it look into the scene (cuting and pasting a symetric view of the dog,) which will do a great deal in keeping viewers eyes in the frame.
Jill Maguireon Jun 06
Thanks Pierre for your detailed feedback. I appreciate the unbiased comments and will try cloning out the dog and the building in the background. Should be easy enough to do (whether I do it well is another question :-). Alan, this was a pretty easy image to process (not counting the trip to Paris to take the picture :-). I applied a preset in LR4 and then applied texture and some other cleanup in CS5 (removed debris from the grass and tried to even out the grass texture for example). I know the texture isn't to everyone's taste but it captures the way I remember Paris. I want it to look almost like a painting like those at the Louvre. In fact, I took a bunch of shots of dogs in Louvre paintings--maybe I'll go back and take another look for some additional ideas in processing.
58952oldaccounthenryklepcon Jun 05
Very nice picture.
1174696pfolrevon Jun 05
This is such a funny scene you captured! I love it.
I'm not going to comment much on the textures, except to say that the photo is already rich in textures (grass, bushes, trees, patterns on the Louvre buildings...), and adding a layer of texture distracts ME from the photo textures. But that's just a matter of taste.
Looking at that image, my eyes are attracted by the highest point of contrast: the black dog then follow the red line to the white dog. Then jump to the third dog. Unfortunately this 3rd dog is not interacting with the others. He looks out of the frame and lead my eyes out too. In other words, I think the third dog weakens the composition, and you should consider cropping it out. It will allow your eyes to bounce back from the 1st white dog to the black. (note: The small part of building between the trees on the right also drives the eyes out.)
I don't find the bushes colors/discoloration disturbing.
If you look for something artsy, you might also consider trying a Black and White, and play with the contrast of the dogs, maybe just leaving the leash in red if you like selective coloring.
Anyway, you have a fantastic photo here, and anything will work just fine!
Hope this helps.
Alanon Jun 05
Wow, I love this. I'd like to know more about how you did this. Gorgeous image.
Jillon Jun 04
Hoping to get some input on my creative processing here. This is a scene from Paris near the Louvre. I'd like to give this a fine art feel. I've added texture and adjusted the colors. The background is blurred a bit as well. Are the shrubs bothersome? I was considering trying to fix some of the dead patches. Anything else I should fix before I print this?