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Canon PowerShot A510
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1/807 second
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F/5.6
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6 mm
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Apr 15, 2008, 4:48:08 AM
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Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
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Really nice image, and an excellent color palette you have created with this. I think mainly this critique will be focused on consistency of elements, and total image continuity (though I'm sure there will be some general composition elements that get added here and there :)).
Firstly, I have to say that I love your sky, excellent manipulation and combination of those sources, though I might have been a little more selective in the blending. Right now the lightest part of your image is the top left corner (why am I seeing stars through a heavenly body? -) which is good, it sets up for an overall image gradient to the bottom right hand corner ... except that the darkest corner is the bottom right hand corner. Since the gradient is not achieved, and nothing quite balances the white (though those clouds in the center almost achieve this, drawing attention to the character, good work on that) instead this serves to lead of the page on those white edges. One option to fix this is simply to play up the darkness of that planet, darken it up a little bit, and shade down the white along the borders where it intersects the edge of the page (sort of like a really localized vignette) (and you'd have to darken up the left edge of the page where the nebula intersects, for the same reasons). Then we have a strong dark shape in the corner that balances the white and throws us back into the rest of the image. What's great about the sky is that it is all of the same quality level, you have integrated those different images into a cohesive whole.

The water is alright, but that centered horizon line is pretty static. I think what disturbs me about the water is that, despite the obviously limited atmosphere (with seeing all those stars and planets, and the lack of atmospheric perspective) and strong overhead lighting, so much of the water is dark, with only a small portion of bounced light actually visible. The shapes of value that do exist in the water do nothing to lead the eye to the figure, they simply serve as a dividing point between the upper and lower parts of the image.

Now, the plane of the figure itself. The tree is an interesting choice, it serves the purpose of bridging the two halves, but doesn't do much for the overall composition beyond that point. If anything it stops the eye from developing a relationship between the character and the eclipse. I think the primary thing that is distracting me is the lighting on this scene. The tree has a distinct cast shadow indicating that the light is directly in front of us, but the shadow on the figure goes to the right, indicating that his light source is the eclipse (matched by the shadow on the rock) (though the backlighting of the figure shows him to be facing his light source, the same as the tree). The overall effect is to indicate that the light source is something very close, and located between the tree and figure, but this is not the case, in fact it is just inconsistent lighting. Also, why is the quality of light so different on the figure? the light on the stone is really dodged out, a lot, but this light is not seen on any of the ground or tree, as well as appearing to come even further from the left). It's okay to have one element in direct light, and everything else in shadow (check out Tintoretto's version of the Last Supper), but there needs to be some indication of why this is the case. We need a strong gradient, or some rays of light, or a distinct light source.

As it stands, your image is very beautiful, but the dischords of lighting and composition distract from the overall aesthetic. Your image has to be able to read instantaneously at any level to remain strong enough to actively engage the viewer.

Now I realize that a lot of this is the difficulty of using stock, even so, make your imagery and quality consistent.
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LupusAzulli Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oh MY GOD, THIS IS BEAUTIFUL.
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:iconady20079:
ady20079 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot :D!!!
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:iconlupusazulli:
LupusAzulli Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
No prob. ^^
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:iconishali:
ishali Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
the wings remind me of stained glass, featured in this article :)
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:iconady20079:
ady20079 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for featuring my work in your article :D.
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:iconishali:
ishali Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
welcome hun ^^
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your-ugly-mom Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
stunning
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:iconady20079:
ady20079 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you:D.
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coldstormpl Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
great design dude :D
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:iconady20079:
ady20079 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks !
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:iconlo1k:
Lo1k Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
The colors and the concept.. I like it a lot :love:
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:iconady20079:
ady20079 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, appreciate that :hug:.
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:iconmikelmaquien:
MikelMaquien Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
Whoa. x.x
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:iconady20079:
ady20079 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:salute:
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surfaceblur Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Nicely done!
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:iconady20079:
ady20079 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :fart:.
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:iconffufi:
ffufi Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
fantastic piece!
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:iconady20079:
ady20079 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot :D.
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ApacheCove Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This one is gorgeous. I get a sweet, dreamy sort of feelf from it, I just want to stare at it forever and lose myself in a landscape just like this.
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:iconady20079:
ady20079 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In the day when I made this piece...was that kind of day when you are just wondering about many things and staring on the window...Glad you like it, thanks :D.
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artsygirl94 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
Wow that is pretty sweet.
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:iconady20079:
ady20079 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks =p.
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Background on this is awesome...and I really like colors too. Well done :clap:
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:iconady20079:
ady20079 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot :D.
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:icontincek-marincek:
tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
My pleasure :heart:
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:iconfudgee0:
Fudgee0 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, this is just....stunning :wow:
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:iconady20079:
ady20079 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you think so, thanks :D.
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Garble-Arch Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, this is awesome. What program did you use?
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:iconady20079:
ady20079 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. I use Adobe Photoshop :D.
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Garble-Arch Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
cool!
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dariusberne Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
F***KING INTENSE YO! Featured
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ady20079 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
F***ing THANKS man !
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:iconniamh-ellen:
niamh-ellen Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Professional Photographer
I thin what gets me is the mountain-looking landscape that he's looking out towards, it's stunning. Just all of those elements combined are great.
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:iconady20079:
ady20079 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice to see that you like it, thank you.
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:iconcreoletownhouse:
CreoleTownhouse Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
Very pretty. Dreamy. :)
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:iconady20079:
ady20079 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like the day when I created this :D.
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:iconhybridinsurgency:
hybridinsurgency Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This is lovely! I like the work in the sky and the mismatched colored wings of the angel.
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:iconady20079:
ady20079 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :D. I think that you are the first person who tell me that likes the mismatched colored wings instead of changing the color :D. Glad you like it :D.
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hybridinsurgency Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
lol! Different strokes for different folks I guess. I think it would have been 'easy' to make them both the same color. Plus the colors you've used work together.
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:iconady20079:
ady20079 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know, but I cannot change the color, maybe it doesn't fit well in the picture, but I like that difference.
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MariaKoch Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Hello! :hug:
I just wanted to remind you that you've been featured in my latest :star: Friday Feature:star:
Scroll down to see the theme for next week if you'd like to participate again! :)

Have a nice day! :meow:
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:iconady20079:
ady20079 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for feature:hug:.
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:iconsbibb:
SBibb Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Professional Photographer
Beautiful coloring. Maybe a bit over saturated, but I think that is working for you here. :-)
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:iconady20079:
ady20079 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Thank you, maybe it is a little bit :D.
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SBibb Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Professional Photographer
You're welcome. :-)
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awesome-silver-hand Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
holy crap!!

this has to be one of, if not the best manip ive ever seen. simply beautful :love:
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:iconady20079:
ady20079 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah :D, big words for me, thanks a lot =p.
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GuyInABlindfold Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolute awesomesauce.
Your photo manipulation (I think that's what it is if I'm wrong please correct me.) skills are so far unrivaled by anything I've seen so far.

If you haven't picked up a job doing this yet, I strongly recommend you do so ja?
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ady20079 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't have to correct you :D.
Thanks a lot for kind words and for encouragement, greatly appreciated =p.
I was thinking about a job like this, I would love to :D, but first I have to pass the exams (last year of high school). Then I will try a college with design management :D. Thanks again for encouragement.
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Cathedral-Of-Flames Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010   Photographer
featured here [link]
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