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    Abstract Beach Grass...C&C Appreciated

    Last October I vacationed at Carrabelle Beach, Florida. Early mornings and evenings I would walk the beach with camera in hand. This clump of beach grass caught my attention. I took the image and have struggled to find a composition that appealed to me. Today I worked on the image again. I moved the Vibrance and Saturation sliders all the way to the left turning the beach sand to a shade of white. Then, in Photoshop Elements 10, I cloned out all except for the clump of beach grass. Your opinions would be appreciated on the compostion. Does it work as an abstract? Do you have any other ideas how to post process the original?

    The original as shot...

    Abstract Beach Grass...C&C Appreciated

    The abstract post processed...

    Abstract Beach Grass...C&C Appreciated

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    Re: Abstract Beach Grass...C&C Appreciated

    Hi Joe,

    I can't tell you exactly why, but B&W conversion is not working for me. Might be the proportion of the grass in raport with the whole frame, for a minimalist work.

    Abstract Beach Grass...C&C Appreciated

    This is how I see this, as a suggestion. Feel free to ignore it if you don't like.

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    Re: Abstract Beach Grass...C&C Appreciated

    Joe compared to the first image this is in my mind a great improvement, there is something about that clump of grass with that blank background that I like. It has a certain Scoutness, (Wendy) about it and I like here work very much. Good job on making a bad image into a great image.

    Cheers:

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    Re: Abstract Beach Grass...C&C Appreciated

    I think, Joe, your edit is one of those cases where a suitable border will make all the difference.

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    Re: Abstract Beach Grass...C&C Appreciated

    Quote Originally Posted by LeoLeo View Post
    Hi Joe,

    I can't tell you exactly why, but B&W conversion is not working for me. Might be the proportion of the grass in raport with the whole frame, for a minimalist work.

    Abstract Beach Grass...C&C Appreciated

    This is how I see this, as a suggestion. Feel free to ignore it if you don't like.



    Leo
    Thanks Leo, I like like your edit. Your edit is very similar to one of the versions I have. After reaching where your edit stops I proceeded to go for a minimalist abstract. Thank you for viewing, commenting and taking the time to edit.

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    Re: Abstract Beach Grass...C&C Appreciated

    Quote Originally Posted by Polar01 View Post
    Joe compared to the first image this is in my mind a great improvement, there is something about that clump of grass with that blank background that I like. It has a certain Scoutness, (Wendy) about it and I like here work very much. Good job on making a bad image into a great image.

    Cheers:

    Allan
    Thanks Allan for viewing and commenting. Now that you have mentioned Wendy's work I can see a similarity. I have appreciated her images greatly.

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    Re: Abstract Beach Grass...C&C Appreciated

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff F View Post
    I think, Joe, your edit is one of those cases where a suitable border will make all the difference.
    After reading your post I put a quick border on the image. I am not sure if this will be the final border but I think it defines the image. Thank you for viewing and making the suggestion Geoff.

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