When I saw this as a thumbnail I was attracted by the blue planet with the strong light fadeing to yellow, guarded by those symmetrical horses.
All in all I like the lighting concept, with the darker foreground where only some hard lights are reflecting.
Also the general reflections and lighting concept es really, really well done. Objects fit fine together and give it a really realistic yet surreal appearance.
The point of most criticism is the chruch's fassade, which somehow doesen't really fit in it's perspective. You tried to fix the proportions of the slightly downlooking angle by makeing the upper parts wider than the under parts, that's great, but from the "inner" walls of the lower arches you can still tell that the original picture was taken from beneath.
I took a long time figuering out what exactly is wrong with that church, though you seemed to have done everything right. Perhaps you also had this phenomenon when working on it.
Another really little thing is, that if you look carefully the men's hood is reflecting really warm light, while the womens face and other skin parts seem very pale and cold.
All in all I think the failure witht he chruch element really somehow ruins the great concept and outcome of the picture in general, cause it gives you the feeling of something that is just not right, though you don't really see technical mistakes on the first sight.
Nethertheless you did a REALLY good job on the rest!
Hey, I am stunned. This IS amazing. Can I ask how you did it? I know you most likely have first separated each of the elements from each stock used, and combined them, but then what? I'm an aspiring, ambitious, one day to become a graphic designer/artist and a helpful response would be much appreciated. I have seen over 200+ PS tutorials. They teach you EXACTLY what values to keep and such, but that's too hard to remember, in my opinion. Besides, all that's done in those tutorials is just basically to copy someone (the artist). If you however could write a short response to me in which you feature what tools you used for this grand, allow me to say, masterpiece, I would be more than grateful.
Well, thanks for replying but I meant a reply in text, to my other comment. If not, I can shorten it so you can respond right here. How did you make use of such basic tools, in such an advanced matter? Again, terrific work.
First of all, thank you for a kind and concise reply. I knew you used those tools and effects. I've used them myself countless times as those aren't too advanced, in my opinion. Sorry if that offends you. But, the thing is, you've used them in such an advanced matter. It's completely different from what I'm used to seeing. I would like to know how. You could say Photoshop has 4 stages when it comes to understanding it. I'm on stage 2, getting to know the more advanced stuff, whilst you already do, and therefore are at stage 3, perhaps above. Stage 1 is obviously knowing the basics and 4 is being an expert. Anyway... See, the thing is, you've managed to create such a marvellous contrast, both with the glowing and with the shadowing. It's just perfect.
thanks again I'm still learning, a lot that I still do not know. with time we all learn, is a matter of time. I take long to do this, I still do not know this style of scenery, it's my first attempt, many flaws to be corrected
Please also comment on how you did the lighting on the girl and the rock. Would be great if you could include how you increased the strenght of the light and darkness in the piece. That's all for now. Thanks again.
I agree. I took a look at your "step-by-step/process" and I understand how you did most of it, but when it comes to the part where you emit blue and orange light from above and below I'm left saying... "how in the world??" So yeah, I ask again, how did you do it? And as always, I love it.
Yes, yes, but you're also creating a light, which isn't really there in the actual stock. From step 3 to 4 I can see you suddenly have an orange and blue light emitting there. Then on step 4 - 7 I see you both change the strenght of the light AND the direction and path. This is what I would like to know how you did. Thanks again.