Christmas wishes from all of us, comments please

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Radfan New Member • Posts: 7
Christmas wishes from all of us, comments please

Christmaswishes from all of us in the family

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Paul Jones Senior Member • Posts: 2,279
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Radfan wrote:

Christmaswishes from all of us in the family

Oh yes, this is really rather nice! Good idea and well executed. The dog is a nice touch. 

Best wishes

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Bob 1 Contributing Member • Posts: 548
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Good Wednesday Morning Paul,

What a wonderful idea.... it looks great!  I might have opted for some color in the faces... but I also really like the total B&W.  Have a very Merry Christmas.

Bob

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rska2013 Contributing Member • Posts: 529
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very cool i like it

DuaneV
DuaneV Senior Member • Posts: 1,350
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The portraits look fine and the photoshop work is good, but I just think it looks cheesy, like a 60's album cover or something. Just my opinion.

The only thing that I think needs to be fixed is that really bright star by dads mouth. Its super distracting.  I think it might look better if it was a larger crop with the tree behind them.  Maybe.

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Overall, I like it because it is something different than what we usually see.

Now for comments...  I needed to look at it for a couple of minutes to realize the few things that were making the photo look a little odd to me so that is good...  nothing really jumped out at me but something seemed 'off'...

The first thing I noticed is that the highlights/contrast of the humans does not match the dog.  So, either bring up the levels in the human heads or drop the levels slightly in the dog.

Then, I realized that the depth of field is so great that it looks unnatural.  It is okay that all the faces are in sharp focus (actually, that is great...  I assume each face is a layer) but it seems unnatural that the background is in such sharp focus...  especially so for the starbursts.  These starbursts shouldn't be so well-defined, in my opinion.  They look very 'scrapbookish' and blatantly fake.  Personally, I would blur that entire background layer slightly but then apply more blurring/diffusion to the starbursts...  maybe, if possible, angle the starbursts too (assuming it isn't one single background).

Then, the last thing that leaves me wondering a little...  what is everyone looking at?  If the faces were at a 45 degree angle to the camera I might not wonder that so much.  But, with everyone looking straight out of the frame, I can't help but wonder what has everyone's attention.

Overall, however, I really like the creativity here!  Great idea!

Patrick

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Radfan OP New Member • Posts: 7
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Thanks for all comments and suggestions. The project started as a"special" familyphoto but also evolved to a Christmascard and maybe a litte over the top but fun. Se the original idea below

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I like your idea.  Photo#1 does not look surround .. Christmas theme is impeding perception. Photo#2 very original, love it.

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lim yau tong
lim yau tong Veteran Member • Posts: 3,389
Lovely and unique...

You must have done quite a lot of work using photoshop.

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DuaneV
DuaneV Senior Member • Posts: 1,350
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The original is WORLDS better!  But again, just my personal opinion.

mbloof
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Just one question: where's the cat? (ducking)

Nice image.

Happy Holidays!

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