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Keep playing....I like everything except the tower and can't yet tell you why

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Psjunkie wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:01 am
Keep playing....I like everything except the tower and can't yet tell you why

I can, from an illustrator's point of view... the subject needs a stronger emotional connection with the viewer (or vice versa).
It's not imposing enough. It's just... there. At this resolution and perspective there is not enough detail to really make out what it is and why it matters.

Sorry if this comes across a bit harsh. I would ask, "what is the message?" "What am I trying to portray?" Then see what changes would bring the composition to answer those questions.
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thanks Frank and Duck. I definitely wanted strange and gloomy and imposing and I understand what you are saying. Perhaps as part of a series of shots it might work (only in that it gives a sense of place to it - but it needs space ships flying around it, or dragons, and for a hero shot, I guess it needs to own way more of the frame. For this particular scenery, I would have done better to have just flipped it upside down and try to make a water spout funnel cloud out of it or some such.

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PietFrancke wrote:
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It's striking and mysterious, which made me want to figure out what it is. Since I can't figure it out, I'll ask you to tell us more.

There is something a little unsettled about it for me, visually - it feels like it is lilting downward on the right, which may not actually be true, it may be simply overbalanced on the right side somehow. I'm unsure about where the tower meets the water - is it levitating? is it only a reflective illusion?

Perhaps your war-heron and his knight might sail in amongst the clouds (which are beauteous by the way), or chance upon a lady warrior coming in on another flying creature from the other side.

The light, color, and concept are there. It is a stage for a scene that will hatch in your imagination.
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minniev wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:00 pm
PietFrancke wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:55 am
playing ..darktower.jpg
It's striking and mysterious, which made me want to figure out what it is. Since I can't figure it out, I'll ask you to tell us more.

There is something a little unsettled about it for me, visually - it feels like it is lilting downward on the right, which may not actually be true, it may be simply overbalanced on the right side somehow. I'm unsure about where the tower meets the water - is it levitating? is it only a reflective illusion?

Perhaps your war-heron and his knight might sail in amongst the clouds (which are beauteous by the way), or chance upon a lady warrior coming in on another flying creature from the other side.

The light, color, and concept are there. It is a stage for a scene that will hatch in your imagination.
a number of years ago I used a program called XenoDream to generate a 3d fractal and I rendered it in the below image. I took the tower from this image and tried to get it to fit into the backdrop which is what I see at dusk from our back deck.

Thank you for the mystery aspect success - that was one of my goals. I am thinking a major problem with the processing is that it is not clear where the horizon is (it is barely above the dark strip of land). Once you "see" that, you can see the base of the tower, but as you point out, you flip back and forth between seeing the base as a reflection/shadow and can't tell how high up it is. Perhaps the horizon needs to be a very thin strip of light lower down or something to emphasize where it is. Thanks for your thoughts on using this as a scene for further flying.

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