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  07 July 2004
not bad, but you have one main giveaway, and thats sharpness. in the first image, the tower has a much sharper edge than the rest of the photo. in the third image, the castle is all round sharper than the surrounding environment. if you want it to be realistic, it has to have the same amound of focus. even a simple blur could fix this. still, you did a pretty good job with the blending, its just technical problems that are obvious.
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Last edited by Peddy : 07 July 2004 at 11:02 AM.
  07 July 2004
Looks like you have problem with light and color matching in general. As I see...

First image, your new ... um... tube resembling part of our body... Look on the ground and original image you'll see how dark and how sharp the shadow is, telling me it's a very strong morning or afternoon light. Your tube is lacking that shadow quality, it's shadow is soft, and not as dark.

2nd image blends in pretty well in terms of light direction and color. The background can be pushed even further back with fog and blur.

3rd image. The tower to the left is missing it's support, looking like it's falling apart. The transition from rock into castle is very poor. Try make the rocks dropping shadow onto the castle and make them sharp, not blur.

4th image you have a serious perspective problem. Looking at the river, we're looking a bit downward to the surface. Your temple in the other hand, we're looking at it from buttom up. Both temple and sitting man's colors are not matching the scene either.
  07 July 2004

I feel with the first image you should look at the smaller rocks at the bottom. You will notice the starkness of the shadows, thatis there is very little blending at all. I feel the image would read a little more believeable if you changed the way you have 'simply' blended from highlight on the right to shadow on the left.

Also you may notice that the shadow itself is not black (which is pretty much what you ahve used for the column) it is more of a rich maron/ darkbrownyred. By changing the colours that you ahve used it will look considerably better.

With the second image I was looking at it for a minute thinking err thats just a photo (haha) - so good job on that one - it fooled me

With the third image i agree with Peddy - the castle/building needs to be blured slightly or soemthing so that it fits believably into the image. At the moment for me it looks as though you have just stuck the building on top of a picture - which is not what you want at all. This could be overcome by a bit of bluring...

The forth image is great! obviousl there are a few perspective issues as Panupat says, But i think the image is very 'fun' to me it is very 'graphic arty'. What I am trying to say is that the image does not look 'realistic' but it looks good none the less - it looks as though you ahve tried to make it look the way it does - which i think is great

Keep up the good work Laurent-LX!!!

Regards - Cade
  07 July 2004
I think your third image got wrong lighting direction
  09 September 2004
I would be inclined to agree with these other gents about your integration of the images.

A couple tricks I like to use are... Use Adjustment layers as a last step. I always use a colorise layer with a low opacity (hue and saturation) at the end to give all the images a unifying tint to a colour. I also ALWAYS use either a levels or a curves adjustment layer and Darken the whole image a lot. and Then paint the light back in with the mask. I am also fond of adding a bit of noise over the whole thing. or if you have photosop cs the lens blur filter rules. any or all of these will help bring your images together.

It looks from your most recent images that you are improving really fast, I really like the one with the house in the stormy mountains... Keep up the awesome work.
  01 January 2006
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