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crazychristina vs. MarkAndrewPhotography

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crazychristina
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Posted Mon May 9, 2011 3:14PM
@jean: I must admit I'm a bit bored with 'commercial' photography. I've sold a few editorials though, should spend a bit more time on that. The digital art is interesting, and very challenging for someone like me who is not at all talented. It's all hard work on my part. I'm persistent, if nothing else.

(Edited on 2011-05-09 15:15:32 by crazychristina)
hereswendy
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Posted Mon May 9, 2011 4:12PM
Posted By crazychristina:
@jean: I must admit I'm a bit bored with 'commercial' photography. I've sold a few editorials though, should spend a bit more time on that. The digital art is interesting, and very challenging for someone like me who is not at all talented. It's all hard work on my part. I'm persistent, if nothing else.

(Edited on 2011-05-09 15:15:32 by crazychristina)

You are more talented than you give yourself credit for! I am enjoying editorials too.
bomadics
Posted Wed May 11, 2011 9:59AM

Quality finish guys! Strong on both parts.


Can't wait to get back into the cage.
crazychristina
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Posted Wed May 11, 2011 8:07PM
Posted By bomadics:

Quality finish guys! Strong on both parts.


Can't wait to get back into the cage. biggrin

If you're still looking for an opponent when this one is judged just send a challenge.
jeangill
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Posted Thu May 12, 2011 2:41AM

@ Christina - my all time favourite quote on the subject of talent. I guess it's my mantra.

'Talent and all that for the most part is nothing but hogwash. Any schoolboy with a little aptitude might very well draw better than I perhaps; but what he most often lacks is the tough yearning for realisation, the teeth-grinding obstinacy and saying: even though I know I’m not capable of it, I’m still going to do it.'
MC Escher, from a letter to his son Arthur 12th February 1955
crazychristina
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Posted Thu May 12, 2011 3:02PM
I like that attitude.
MarkAndrewPhotography
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Posted Fri May 13, 2011 10:41AM

Escher is one of those artists that I was ever so slightly obsessed with when I was at school, but then forgot about afterwards. I think I need to go back and re-visit his work.


 
JKinvish
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Posted Fri May 13, 2011 9:52PM
Well done to you both on not only finishing but also on the work. I enjoyed it.
crazychristina
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Posted Sat May 14, 2011 3:42PM
Posted By JKinvish:
Well done to you both on not only finishing but also on the work. I enjoyed it.

Thanks
MarkAndrewPhotography
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Posted Sun May 15, 2011 8:21AM
Posted By JKinvish:
Well done to you both on not only finishing but also on the work. I enjoyed it.


Gracias!!
crazychristina
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Posted Sun May 15, 2011 4:55PM
Mark, since this is your first completed battle I have to warn you that the judges are usually a bit more critical than the ratings are. We've both done pretty well with ratings but I'd be surprised if I score more than 100/150 from the judges - I haven't managed to achieve that yet.
chemc
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Posted Sun May 15, 2011 10:47PM
sorry this is taken a little longer then expected... but we expect to have this judged within the next 48 hours.
crazychristina
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Posted Sun May 15, 2011 11:04PM
Thanks Che, that would be great.
MarkAndrewPhotography
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Posted Mon May 16, 2011 9:42AM
Posted By crazychristina:
Mark, since this is your first completed battle I have to warn you that the judges are usually a bit more critical than the ratings are. We've both done pretty well with ratings but I'd be surprised if I score more than 100/150 from the judges - I haven't managed to achieve that yet.


Yup, I assumed that might be the case. I'm guessing the scoring goes down to how we work with the elements, as opposed to just being about the end result and how it comes across visually.


I'll admit to being quite bad at keeping layers undamaged, but that'll come with experience. I learned what a layer mask is and how to use them (almost) successfully from this battle, so if the result doesn't go my way, I've learnt something and had fun doing it.


Thanks again for the battle!
jonathansloane
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Posted Tue May 17, 2011 12:48PM
waiting patiently...
MarkAndrewPhotography
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Posted Tue May 17, 2011 1:21PM
Posted By jonathansloane:
waiting patiently...


I'm glad you are
crazychristina
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Posted Tue May 17, 2011 3:11PM
Time is a bit flexible around here (except for the battle clock of course). Meditation helps.
Battle Elder Council
Posted Wed May 18, 2011 7:24AM
Scores:

7 - 5 - 5 - 6 - 7 = 30
8 - 7 - 5 - 6 - 7 = 33

Lets start with a big BIG welcome to Mark, I always love seeing newbies throw on the gloves...

Secondly, I really love how much fun you guys had with this battle... after all the cage is all about fun.. well besides learning and honing our skills.. put simply its a photoshop playground... thats 2 ticks so far

Ok now Christina... Im very proud of you, I think with each new battle you really dig deep to make it your best, and for that I take my had off. It's also to be commended that you step outside your comfort zone, so many cagers just play it safe, But saying that it could be a stronger tactic if your stuck to your guns and created to your style... another but, as mentioned above I just love the fact your run with it... so take that council with a grain of salt

Mark, for a newbie you totally rocked the house... I thought your round 1 could have rattled any battled season veteran. It wasnt all peaches but I dont want to be picky for your first battle... so all I want to say is well done and I hope to see more of you.

All up I enjoyed this battle, and I take my hat off to both of you... WELL DONE

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7 - 5 - 5 - 4 - 4 = 25
7 - 6 - 7 - 4 - 5 = 29

I was looking forward to some Old Republic action aftet that first blow, but it looks like any genre was on the table as it turned to War of the Worlds, and after Sci Fi it went all Medieval on my ass...

R1V1: You got a nice ambience going with the color of your lighting. But somethign was going on with the background scene and it just looked a little flat.

R1V2: Nice work, you got that smoke looking pretty nice for the most part. The Red/Blue siren lights almost worked as well, they were just a little solid,rathe than a translucent glow.

R2V1: I like the humour, I think I went to a U2 concert like that. However the photoshopping lets this one down, the laser light is a little to solid looking, the sharpness on the alien tech doesn't gel with the rest of the composition - and those lights (LEDs?) on the foreground ship, is just too harsh, and not throughing any lighting bleed onto the ship.

R2V2: This blow improves on the previous blow, and you've gotten a good handle on creating depth with the fog/mist. Just something isn't gelling properly to hold this composition together.

R3V1: Sorry, this spaceship just looks like it's a3D render dropped into a photo, like they used to do way back when CGI was new. The light emitting from the front is a but too harsh as well. But again you have some nice colouring and ambient lighting.

R3V2: Nice work, great use of color. Nice artistic effect on the explosion plume. Also nice detail on the overflow of lighting onto the submarine/watercraft. Nice PS work on the water too. THe craft still looks a little unnatural in place, but you did a valiant job of making it work in the scene.

Things started to get a bit rougher from here on out. THere were discrepancies between photos and more painterly, stylised backgrounds, Round 5 tried to bring it back, with a bit of a darker mood, and it was an improvement in quality and composition, but it is hard to keep up the momentum for the full 5 rounds.

Good work you to I could see trying some new styles and techniques, which is what the cage is all about.

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7 - 5 - 6 - 4 - 5 = 27
8 - 6 - 7 - 7 - 6 = 34

Cool battle Christina and Mark. I like the Gothic/sci-fi theme

R1V1. I like the colour theme of this. The shadows could do with some work though, as the shadow directions don't match. Also, the castle in the background could do with blending better.

R1V2. War of the worlds has arrived you've done a great job on the smoke effects. I also like the little details of the lights in the buildings. The laser beam on the tripod could do with some work though.

R2V1. War of the worlds go partying good idea to use the laser beams in a nightclub. Unfortunately, the pixelated writing, on the tripod really detracts from the whole piece. The laser beams on the pixelated robot could really do with some work. Maybe try doing a white line on the new layer above a black background. Apply a slight blur to this white line, duplicate it and add another gaussion blur. If you then use the colour balance adjustment layer, you can colour this laser any colour you want. Finally merge all the layers and apply a screen blending mode, which will give you a realistic lookig laser.

R2V2. Great job atmospheric effects in this blow. Also good to see somebody taking an those partying tripods!

R3V1. Great choice of colours in this piece. I think the green and the purple work well. Not sure about the alien craft in the bottom left. The light is looking too pixelated. Maybe try adding a slight gaussion blur.

R3V2. Oh no! The aliens are back for vengeance. It looks like they weren't too keen on the robot in the corner. Great job on the water effects on this. I also like the chaos you have going on in the background.

R4V1. Not sure about this one... The composition is off and the struggle to find what elements you carried over from the previous design.

R4V2. I wouldn't like to spend too much time here. Good idea to use all those cave stalactites and stalagmites for the hell scene. The flames could have been blending a bit better to tie in the scene.

R5V1 I nearly fell off my chair when I opened this, the guy you scary!

R5V2. Apparently somebody else thought he was scary enough to barbecue his head! Nice use of previous elements to create a scene. The fire could do with some work.

Overall, the battle was a good effort. Thanks for bringing some interest to the cage.

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Totals:

Contender: 82 / 150
Opponent: 96 / 150

Winner by Unanimous decision is MarkAndrewPhotography.

Award: 44 download credits.

Battle Over.

Judges for this battle: Colonel, Ryuneo, chemc.
jonathansloane
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Posted Wed May 18, 2011 7:49AM
Well done, you two! Congrats Mark, are you addicted now?
bomadics
Posted Wed May 18, 2011 8:36AM
Congrats Mark, and well done Christina, props for trying new stuff, that takes guts!
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