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Pinup-2016-devito-07 by salvatoredevito

I'll address this image specifically and the 'astrology' series in general. (I looked at several in your gallery.) This image captures ...

Summer country scene by LiveInPix

You have here a very nice photo that's nicely composed. The lines of the plowed field and the tree lined road brings the viewer into th...

Shores of Sirius by ArthurBlue

Excellent image! The details to the textures of the sand, the way the wet areas and reflections gives realism to the image. Extending t...

A Close Shave by OrphanedSoul

This image creates a very well done action shot! The expressions (his surprise and her almost overconfident look) are spot on. I like t...

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Jan 26 sunrise 1 tight crop by robert952
Jan 26 sunrise 1 tight crop
Technically speaking, this sunrise could not occur naturally.  The reason?  Look near the left near the tree.  You will see 4 (plus one being created) jet contrails.  You can follow the contrails across the image since the sunlight reflects off of them. What caught my attention are the almost perfectly spaced parallel lines created.  And so this sunrise could not occur naturally.

(Well, I guess meteorologically, a very specific set of conditions could occur but the odds would be phenomenally against it happening.)

Even though it's not natural, IMHO, a nice sunrise.  

And in case you are interested, shot with a Samsung Galaxy 5. Only cropped the image in GIMP, no other retouching.  I've only had this 'smart phone' for a couple of months.  I am amazed at the photo quality.  
 
BTW, My photo, copyright held by me, no use without my permission, please.
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Pinup-2016-devito-07 by salvatoredevito
I'll address this image specifically and the 'astrology' series in general. (I looked at several in your gallery.)

This image captures the essence of classic 'retro' pinup. The model's hairdo is reminiscent of that era along with the swimsuit. The model's smile and pose works well together here. The only minor 'fault' is I think the shows seem too modern. More of a patent pump shiny smooth not sparking. Overall great attention to detail.

The concept of using the astrological backdrops brings the image to a more modern interpretations (which is why the shoes are only minor). Especially with the unusual shape, textures and background. An excellent concept nicely executed.

I do feel there's a 'cut and paste' look to the image. In a couple, we do not see any actual support to the model. This is image amplifies that aspect IMO. If these are actual props, it could be a lighting issue with too much bounce off the floor. That would reduce the shadows and give that 'flattened' look of the background.

But still overall great images and well executed photographs. Thanks for sharing and I hope you find my comments and opinion helpful.
Summer country scene by LiveInPix
You have here a very nice photo that's nicely composed. The lines of the plowed field and the tree lined road brings the viewer into the picture. Even the green trees along the left point towards the green of the trees along your horizon line. The darker trees add interest to that line.

Overall a great example of the rule of thirds horizontally (which also adds interest as a color separation). The trees and road in the background defines the horizon. The point where the road comes off the picture defines the point for the foreground line. The only thing I might have looked at would be to pan to the left so that the church steeple would be near the focal point about 1/3 across the image. (Of course, there could be a factory smokestack just off frame you didn't wantt. Sometimes we can't always have it all.)

Again, nice composition, interesting color layout. A nice image. Thanks for sharing.
RDC Return iRay render 2 by robert952
RDC Return iRay render 2
Yeah, I know.  I keep making threats of doing more artwork.  And I will keep making such idle threats.   Maybe I can follow through on my threats.  

Took a lazy way out to do some playing around with iRay render engine.  Just loaded up the previous image, removed the lights and used the standard environment in iRay.  Pretty much out of the box as far as settings go.  A big difference in previous version.  Not real happy with some of the surface settings yet.  But I only played with this for a couple hours.  (Render times about 12 minutes for complete image.  But I can see by around 40-60% of the process whether the tweaks did what I expected or wanted.)

Also, used one of mecurycodes textures added a hefty Gaussian blur and used it as a backdrop rather than do post work to add a background.  

Enjoy.  Comments as always welcomed.
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Well, I am not much to submit regular comments.  But a word or two seems appropriate to my 'watchers'.

I have been a quite inactive in creating artwork (some photos and such).  Main reason is that my main computer at home has  been limping by (barely).  Hard to even do simple photo editing. 

OK - to be fair - it is an ancient (by PC terms) P4/486 processor; probably 7-8 years old.  I've maxed the memory, updated the drives and video cards, etc.  In reality, it has outlived most computers

I do some art work on 'my' (employer owned) laptop.  But I do not have all the tools I would want there.  (After all, I don't own it.  It is subject to company policies as to content and such.)  I have some interesting 'texture' images I will likely post in near future after a bit of tweaking. 

Hopefully in next few months I will get a new computer and get back to doing 3D and heavier photo manips. 

Thanks to my watchers for their patience.

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ingeline-art Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank so much for the Llama - Llama...an important part of life 
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robert952 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No prob.  You are quite welcome.  Thanks for the other two favs and the llama you sent.
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Thanks for the fave :)
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Thank you for faving "Miss Bettie"!
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Thanks for faving "Miss Dita" and adding me to your watch!
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Thanks for the llama by tats2
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Thank you for faving Convert V4 to G2F - updated by PDSmith
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Thanks for the fav!
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Thanks for the llama!
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Thanks for WATCH!
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