2nd Edit, minus the big fat lady. Member reactions:
PS some reference imagery on my photostream... http://www.flickr.com/photos/emmettmclaughlin/ Found the woman somewhere on google, forget exactly.
Psst. ...Secretly. Don't let anyone know you post in the forum. Hee. Hee.
To be honest i liked it better without the fat women in the background.
Agree with jman1a. But if you leave her in this picture, you'd better sharpen the top of her head and hair as they appear a bit too blurry even in full view. Your previous version was great: just needed (in my humble opinion) some lightening adjustments (on the kettle and the spoon, mainly). Anyway, it's still a very nice work.
Nice to see this image in a contest. I agree with the previous comments: Your former version is much better than your actual image... the woman - though she's well integrated - destroys the perspective, the deepness of your source image (in my opinion) and dislocates the point of interest. I can't help: Sometimes the less is more Please fix the shadows (kettle, cup, spoon) so that they fit to the diffuse light. Oh, and you've got 350kb file size limit (I remember your previous version...) - use it, show us the great details. Great photostream by the way, especially the night shots are excellent.
Thanks for these comments, I will definitely update the prior version to incorporate the suggestions. The big fat lady was integrated in through fear of being classed as lazy after posting the prior version in the community section. I Felt I needed to add more. Without realizing I've probably made it less.
Ok, I know you had a person in this befor. Is that a magic kettle. Just kidding and it looks good.
Thanks for the edit. Your photo might also give a good themepost for a "Photoshop this image in any way you want"-Contest... just an idea.
It is indeed a magic kettle, tragically she had to leave the alley to tend to other tasks. She or indeed her better looking sisters may pay a visit in another concoction in the near future. She was blocking the view anyway. "Photoshop this image in any way you want'-Contest" sounds great.
First one and garnered wood. Impressive...
So glad you got rid of her... it looks better without her.... congrats on wood.
Emmettmclaughlin great chop here... congratulations .
Congratulations, Emmettmclaughlin. Impressive first entry, indeed.
Emmettmclaughlin congrats on the woody and big welcome to freaking news
Thank you all. Entered another into what falls from the sky, upwards and onwards.
Not sure about the bishop's shadow (a little bit too dark and too long, and it should be made more parallel with the pawn's shadow, in my humble opinion of course.), but the rest of this shop is really nice. Even better if you could add a (partial) chessboard too in this chop...
Nice work. If the shadow is too dark,,,,it's only just slightly. I agree with Paul on the parallel and the length parts though. Maybe correcting the pawn shadow instead of the bishop may be a little better. I might suggest smoothing the shadow edges a little. They just look a little choppy on the larger view. Still nice work.
Photoshop this kettle image (click to download) any way you wish. Some examples are: re-designing this kettle, designing other objects with this kettle, putting the kettle into some unusual environment, using the kettle image in advertisements, movies, paintings, etc. These are just some ideas.
Many thanks to Andrew Martin and
Stock Exchange for providing the source image.