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Water Colours - Should a reflection image be flipped?

No manipulation other than flipping the image. Should it be flipped or viewed in its natural state?


Mike Marcotte , November 11, 2006; 09:52 P.M.

I think it's super. I think it's an excellent "water color" it's up to the viewer if it's to be flipped or not. It'll be beautiful whatever angle .

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Micheal Kraml , November 11, 2006; 09:55 P.M.

Hanna, I'll be totaly honest with you - my answer to your question is: neither. I think I can uderstand your intent - to show the contrast between the foreground object and the background one...is that correct? Anyway, this photo is too busy, to chaotic. I think your intention and attempt are commendable, but the photo is very weak. Cheers, Micheal

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Hanna Cowpe , November 11, 2006; 10:54 P.M.

It's interesting to get such opposing responses. Thankyou both for your prompt critiques. Michael, this is totally reflection - no attempt to show anything other than the colour and branch structure. The dark areas are just those trees which are closer to the water and in the shade, whereas the japanese maples have the sunlight shining through them.

Henri Manguy , November 12, 2006; 10:51 A.M.

My opinion is that this is a beautiful composition, not busy nor chaotic at all. In the contrary, I find it very lisible, with a beam of strong lignes from the right low angle and ended to an outburst of colours. If the original was vertical, I think that you are right to have flipped it in this way.

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Jim Craig , November 12, 2006; 01:26 P.M.

I don't find it chaotic either. Great colors and opposing diagonals. The diagonals created by the branches are stronger so I find my eyes moving up the diagonals of the branches and going through each new wave of color. Could posssibly burn in a little more light in the top and botton left corners. I really like it.

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Hanna Cowpe , November 12, 2006; 10:50 P.M.

Henri, it was not a vertical format but I flipped it from the reflection view (upside down).

Jim, I agree about the dark corner particularly the bottom. That could do with a little lightening. Thanks.

Brad Kim , November 13, 2006; 05:34 P.M.

This is fantastic, Hanna! I love it as I see it! I like the assortment of those leaves, some in beautiful colors and some in silhuettes. Compositionally, those pretty colors flowing from upper right to lower left are well counter-balanced by those dark branches stretching up from lower right to upper left.

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Linda Keagle , November 15, 2006; 07:58 P.M.

Hanna, I flipped my monitor (laptop;-)) and found I do not like it as well in its original state. Not sure why...maybe because of the graceful bowing of branches. At first, I thought you used an artistic filter, then realized it was a reflection. I agree that is is busy, but not chaotic...it has organization because of the dark foliage. Very nice!!

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