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    Scream Challenge

    I am curious to see what others can do with this. While walking about I found this portion of a tree with some bark peeled off which I thought was suggestive of the famous 'Scream' painting by Edvard Munch. So I shot it and have given it so many work-overs that I am about to scream myself! I think this is the best I have come up with although I've changed my mind several times over about that. I've tried many different combinations of composition, textures, exposures, filters, etc., and still remain unsure about how to present it. Help, anyone?? Arigato!

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    Re: Scream Challenge

    Actually the original looks just fine and shows off quite well the screaming face. A tiny bit of side lighting on the right might have helped.

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    Re: Scream Challenge

    Thank you Bobo. I was thinking that I might bring the exposure up on the right but I thought it may appear to be a little too flat, so I didn't. I'll give it a go and see how it looks.

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    Re: Scream Challenge

    Any chance you can upload the RAW file, Lon?

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    Re: Scream Challenge

    Quote Originally Posted by jiro View Post
    Any chance you can upload the RAW file, Lon?
    Tinypics is all I've ever used to upload, Willie. Is there another method that allows you to upload an actual raw image?

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    Re: Scream Challenge

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    Tinypics is all I've ever used to upload, Willie. Is there another method that allows you to upload an actual raw image?
    Yes. go to this link and drag and drop the RAW file to the green box. Good luck: www.mediafire.com

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    Re: Scream Challenge

    Quote Originally Posted by jiro View Post
    Yes. go to this link and drag and drop the RAW file to the green box. Good luck: www.mediafire.com
    Thanks Willie. I'll give it a go but it'll have to wait till tomorrow ... am volunteering at the county fair right now and working off my iPad so I can't get to the image till then. Thank you!

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    Re: Scream Challenge

    OK Willie, here's the link to the raw image (I think ... )

    http://www.mediafire.com/?2u7d9t2d2kzhy7l

    Thanks mate ... let me know if something went haywire.

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    Re: Scream Challenge

    Quote Originally Posted by Lon Howard View Post
    OK Willie, here's the link to the raw image (I think ... )

    http://www.mediafire.com/?2u7d9t2d2kzhy7l

    Thanks mate ... let me know if something went haywire.
    Everything went fine. Will work on it later. Thanks, mate.

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    Re: Scream Challenge

    That's great that you noticed that, Lon! I can't wait to see what Willie comes up with!

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    Re: Scream Challenge

    Here you go, Lon: I think now it's too obvious. I used a lot of warp transform tool, liquify, dodging, burning, lighting effects layer, vignette, a lot of cloning, and a lot of coffee! It was fun working with it. Hope you got "scared".

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    Gotta go for now. Had to pick up the kids from school.
    Last edited by jiro; 26th August 2011 at 07:45 PM.

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    Scream Challenge

    It is a tough one; this is softer on topaz detail with a linear light layer amongst otherss.

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    Re: Scream Challenge

    Thanks guys! There are so many ways to go. I did one that was cropped real tight like Willie's, but then I got the idea that unless there was advance notice that it was a tree, then a viewer might not know that so I backed away a bit to show some moss and bark ... still wondering if that's valid. Willie's makes you feel that a skull just came around the corner and bumped foreheads with you. I would've never thought to go soft like Steve did but it worked ... definitely more moody and the hue on the moss is ... well, exorcising! I think I scrolled through all the Topaz options, but used only small touches of the dark/ghostly and simplify ... there's a bas relief layer in there somewhere too (just a wild out of the blue thing ) The vignette is definitely a good idea so I've got to get that in there for sure. The project will go on and I very much appreciate your ideas (And any more to come should someone have the itch)

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