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Jollyrei

Angelus Mortis
Staff member
I was worried that I can mess that up.
Of course you can. So can I. So can Bobinder. We can all mess things up, and I think we probably do so frequently. That's what multiple save files are for. ;)
Then you only show us what works.
 

Cran

Magistrate
I used a picture with very strong bondage connotations. Although, there is no actual bondage in it itself. The women conform to a pose. But, they are not tied up. The original picture of the women was in black and white, it isn't an artistic choice on my part, but I did add a brown tint to make it look more deserty.

After the city is taken, all the men are killed, their women are stripped naked and are demonstrated outside the castle walls, to signigy the defeat of the enemy. After a couple of nights, they will eventually be taken back in, where they will serve as slaves.

The castle wall I put in the background was a lot longer, but I cropped it, as the original picture it is taken from included trees, making the turret look like the corner. and is positioned so other trees that appear in the picture, will be blocked by the wall in the forground. I wasn't sure if the trees could be passed as desert vegitaion.
It was taken from a lower resolution picture, than the rest, and I couldn't help, when it looked blurred when I scaled it up. Sharpening it only made the shadows too strong.
Unlike my previous manips, I didn't use feathered edges when using the free select tool, as I thought the edges in my inverse Y manip were too fuzzy, but maybe I should have just used them on a lower setting. Does this look better, or is the cropping too sharp?
I don't think I have done as good a job cropping out the top of the wall, as it is hard to tell what is part of it, and what is artifacting.
I put some work into trying to shade the rope, but I'm not sure if I still got them to match.

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Cran

Magistrate
I cropped the top edge of the wall more. I tried to smoothen the edges, by making duplicate layers, placing them underneath, and blurring them, but maybe the result isn't obvious enough, and I had the background blur gradually, to match the blurred tower, things becoming less foucused the futher away they get.
I also had to reapply the colour tint. This time, I have a gradual shift in hue, and I made it look a lot hotter. Exactly the conditions they were meant to be left out in.

Wall2.jpg
 

Cran

Magistrate
Thank you, Eulalia!

Here is a slightly different version, where I attempted to apply a more uniform blurring affect, rather than base it on dept. I redid the colouring, to make the shadows less strong, but it looks even hotter.

Wall3.jpg
 

Jollyrei

Angelus Mortis
Staff member
I used a picture with very strong bondage connotations. Although, there is no actual bondage in it itself. The women conform to a pose. But, they are not tied up. The original picture of the women was in black and white, it isn't an artistic choice on my part, but I did add a brown tint to make it look more deserty.

After the city is taken, all the men are killed, their women are stripped naked and are demonstrated outside the castle walls, to signigy the defeat of the enemy. After a couple of nights, they will eventually be taken back in, where they will serve as slaves.

The castle wall I put in the background was a lot longer, but I cropped it, as the original picture it is taken from included trees, making the turret look like the corner. and is positioned so other trees that appear in the picture, will be blocked by the wall in the forground. I wasn't sure if the trees could be passed as desert vegitaion.
It was taken from a lower resolution picture, than the rest, and I couldn't help, when it looked blurred when I scaled it up. Sharpening it only made the shadows too strong.
Unlike my previous manips, I didn't use feathered edges when using the free select tool, as I thought the edges in my inverse Y manip were too fuzzy, but maybe I should have just used them on a lower setting. Does this look better, or is the cropping too sharp?
I don't think I have done as good a job cropping out the top of the wall, as it is hard to tell what is part of it, and what is artifacting.
I put some work into trying to shade the rope, but I'm not sure if I still got them to match.

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Very nice work. The sepia effect is excellent. I'm not entirely sure that the wall with round windows fits with the architectural style of the castle tower, but that's not particularly important. You have blended the women in quite nicely and the whole thing has a good feel of a unified picture. I don't think the cropping it too sharp, but a little blur around the edges, as you did in the second image, is probably all you need if you don't like the hard edges.

I'm less convinced by your second and third images on this one. As Eul says, it seems to be getting hotter, but I personally prefer things a bit less glaring. If you need to blend elements you could do a "blur" filter set on average colour of the background image, and set that to about 10-13% opacity, and you'd probably get what you want.

Apart from the technical details, it all comes down to "do we like the image" and I do very much. It suggests a story and there is a nice ominous sky to help build the ambience.
 

Cran

Magistrate
Very nice work. The sepia effect is excellent. I'm not entirely sure that the wall with round windows fits with the architectural style of the castle tower, but that's not particularly important. You have blended the women in quite nicely and the whole thing has a good feel of a unified picture. I don't think the cropping it too sharp, but a little blur around the edges, as you did in the second image, is probably all you need if you don't like the hard edges.

I'm less convinced by your second and third images on this one. As Eul says, it seems to be getting hotter, but I personally prefer things a bit less glaring. If you need to blend elements you could do a "blur" filter set on average colour of the background image, and set that to about 10-13% opacity, and you'd probably get what you want.

Apart from the technical details, it all comes down to "do we like the image" and I do very much. It suggests a story and there is a nice ominous sky to help build the ambience.
I didn't crop, or blend in the women. They were already leaning against the wall in that pose, I just took advantage of it. The manip I did is a lot less impressive than that. They looked as if they should have been tied up, but they weren't.

I probably should have included the original picture.
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The castle wall dosn't really match like you said. I was initially planning on using a more middle eastern wall, but settled on that one as it is the only one I could find at the right angle. I liked the idea of them being tied to a city wall, facing out into the hot desert, than tied to a single building like this.
 

Jollyrei

Angelus Mortis
Staff member
I probably should have included the original picture.
No, not necessarily. It's nice to see it, but you have done a very skillful job with the ropes. They look entirely "at home" in your image, and the castle and wilderness backgrounds you used turned it into a really nice foreboding and surreal image. It's often not how many elements you put in, but what you do with what you've got. Don't sell yourself short on this one. :)
 

Cran

Magistrate
No, not necessarily. It's nice to see it, but you have done a very skillful job with the ropes. They look entirely "at home" in your image, and the castle and wilderness backgrounds you used turned it into a really nice foreboding and surreal image. It's often not how many elements you put in, but what you do with what you've got. Don't sell yourself short on this one. :)
Thank you, Jollyrei!
 

Cran

Magistrate
This is another basic manip, but I thought that she looked so good, performing her kitchen chores completally naked, with her downcast withdrawn expression, that it was a shame that she isn't collared. I don't know if I did as good a job bledning in her right wrist cuff.

Cooking Slave.jpg
 

Eulalia

Poet Laureate
Staff member
This is another basic manip, but I thought that she looked so good, performing her kitchen chores completally naked, with her downcast withdrawn expression, that it was a shame that she isn't collared. I don't know if I did as good a job bledning in her right wrist cuff.

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A nice thick, long sausage, a pair of warm, throbbing eggs ... what does that remind me of?
 

Barbaria1

Rebel Leader
Staff member
A nice thick, long sausage, a pair of warm, throbbing eggs ... what does that remind me of?
And I was focused on the reflection of the coffee pot in the counter top. :doh:

Ya gotta have good eyes and the right mindset to get the most out of these pics.;)
 

Jollyrei

Angelus Mortis
Staff member
A nice thick, long sausage, a pair of warm, throbbing eggs ... what does that remind me of?
If you can't remember, it's probably not important. :rolleyes: :facepalm::D

Aftermath of the Rebellion
"Life is a liar yeah life is a cheat
It'll lead you on and pull the ground from underneath your feet
No use complainin', don't you worry, don't you whine
Cause if you get it wrong you'll get it right next time, next time."
- Gerry Rafferty​
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