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The Sun Sets on the Town Where Time Stands Still by meganok The Sun Sets on the Town Where Time Stands Still by meganok
It's so hard to find old, technology-free neighborhoods like this one. I miss abandoned house hunting!

This is practice for lighting and perspective. I'm mostly happy with it, except I had a hard time blending in the trees behind the left house. No matter how hard I tried I couldn't darken the front sides without making them look like cardboard cut outs!

I appreciate any thoughts and critique on this, as it is just my third photomanipulation! :heart:

Created with Photoshop CS5
Time: About 5 hours
Layers: 70

:lightbulb: Update 8/02: I added extra atmosphere and colors, thanks to *HumbleLuv's helpful advice. Thanks again! :heart:

:star: Stock Credits :star:
Brick House: 
White House
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Skies (4)
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Lamp: [link]
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Light Brushes: 

*All sky photos came from #resurgere's stock packages. I'm unsure which packages include my photos, (the deviation previews don't include every photo in the package), so here are links to all of the sky packages: [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link]
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I really like the idea of the "old neighbourhood". The colors are great. The perspective would be perfect if it wasn't for the house on the left. It was the first thing that I noticed looking at the picture. That building doesn't go very well with the rest of the picture. If you take a look at the bottom of the building, you will notice immediately, that something is not ok. The bottom line of the building is paralel with the right side of the little street. Like this the house should be more to the right, than to the left. Well, I'm not sure if you will know what I mean...
A second think is the BG. The sky in particular. You have darkened the sky on the two sides, but didn't in the middle. That would not even be a problem, if the most noticable light source wouldn't be there. This way it seems, that the light coming from the front of the house illuminates the sky.
And there's the's just too big.
Other then these small things, I really like your work. If you take care of these few things, I think it will be a really beautiful manip.
Oh and don't worry about the trees. They look perfect :)
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theheek Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
so pretty
YBsilon-Stock Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Very nice work, I like the mood and the light :heart: :wave:
meganok Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :heart:
photabby Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely AWESOME!!!
meganok Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
divafica Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
its really realistic, I love it
meganok Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really appreciate it, thank you!! :heart:
peroline Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
70 layers !!!! Wow ! :)
Very well done ! I like how it came out !
meganok Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I always end up with tons of layers because I'm way too obsessed with non-destructive editing. :blushes:
HumbleLuv Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this piece. Great concept and perspective! The trees could have been blurred just a tad to give a further off look and better blending. The cat is too big but he would have looked really good that size on the sidewalk at the front of the work. Pretty good on lighting for just practice. There's room for improvement, always. The sky colors could be used to highlight rooftop and trees if you want. Just ideas. Keep up the great work!
meganok Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's the best advice I've been given so far!
What do you think is the best way to highlight the roofs and trees? I've tried painting colors/shadows/highlights in with a soft brush and set the layer style, but it just feels like it muddies up the contrast instead of actually blending in with the picture.
I've just started in the medium (and all digital art except photography) and it's really fun to learn things on my own instead of in a class! :)
Thank you so much for your insight. :heart:
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August 2, 2012
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