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    Hey Kev, I'm kinda late to the game, but, thinking on Cloud Dragger, in my mind the next frame shows him lifting his hand and coaxing fog out of the ground.
    A Cloud Dragger can command vapor from any source so has the attribute of calling up the mist as a twilight ritual.

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    Here's a recent painting from life, 11"x14"... 2 hrs or so, oil on canvas. This was done at Garin Baker's Carriage House Art Studio open session.

    I've been trying to shoot for a more painterly quality lately, with thick application using bristle brushes.

    I also just bought a new camera, Cannon EOS digial rebel T2i, that is much much better than the powershot I had at capturing colors, values, and detail.

    In posting it to this forum, the thing looks considerably desaturated and washed out compared to the way it looks in photoshop. I keep trying to add back in saturation and posting it keeps pulling out most of the richness. Anybody see this image as strongly saturated? Anybody know a way to prevent the color alteration that comes from posting it?

    EDIT: I've added a newer image (the lower one) with an IPCC profile embedded, which was taken with much greater accuracy to the original "in camera." Do let me know what kind of distinctions you see between the first and second images.

    EDIT 2: I've removed the first image. The second one is much closer.

    Thanks!
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    The image doesn't look strangely saturated to me kev. Some nice raw strokage here. I think you're on a roll with these paintings.
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    Looks fine to me too Kev. Full contrast. The thing that may be troubling you is the mid values are a little ungrouped and pulled to the contrast extremes. But that may be to do with the full-on alla prima nature of the painting which often overstates contrast by virtue of the method. I think you'll find that a painting done over a longer time would not suffer the effects of digital reproduction exaggerating vale differentials so much.
    The painting certainly doesn't look in any way washed out on my laptop monitor though.

    Lovely piece of work by the way, they are getting better with every one! The strokes are losing that muffled look they had earlier and are now chatting to each other much better across the surface. Love the way the quiet ear sits against all those emphatic razor like forms that build the hard hat, vest, hair and cheek.
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    Damn nice piece kev - looks fine to me as well but of course we don't have anything to compare to. I'm always disapointed in how my work posts too, and there's no way to know what it looks like on other monitors of course.

    I would like to see a little smaller version...to get a sense of it from the right viewing distance kind of thing - I have to scroll it right now. Anyway - great job.
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    Very nice work!!!
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    Looking good, your hard work and artistic knowledge is really paying off.
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    "Anybody know a way to prevent the color alteration that comes from posting it?"

    ive found posting to forums tends to push the contrast up and the brightness down for some reason, whihc also affects the saturation, and to make the images look about the same i save them out with lightness boosted 10%. no idea why this happens.
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    Thanks guys.

    I'm sure the issue with the color shift is a color profile difference that I'm not understanding sufficiently.

    I've taken some new shots as I'm learning to use the camera, particularly trying to get as close as possible to the original tones in camera, so as to avoid needing to digitally process the result. Also the digital processing program that canon bundles with the camera is much better than photoshop's tool, imo. Much subtler and smoother effects, so I've used that rather than Adobe.

    Anyhow, this looks fairly exact in photoshop to me, so I'm going to post it up as is. And my online preview seems to be keeping the colors fairly well.

    This is the colormode info: ICCprofile sRGB v1.3.1 (Cannon)

    Please let me know if this washes out. (EDIT: On my screen, there is the slightest loss in the richness of the reddish browns, which knocks them down in saturation and slightly lightens the value. But other than that, it's pretty accurate.)
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    Because they are cropped differently and different sizes, it's impossible to say. All I can reliably tell you is that the first image is the most 'immediate' looking. But that's because of all sorts of variables. The last image does look a little warmer and 'calmer'... But that could be to do with being smaller and not cropped.
    I would need all three, the same size, all cropped exactly the same and side by side in order to give any feedback that was possibly more useful...
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    Just saw Gurney's post about that model session and came running to see if you'd posted yours. That looks fantastic, Kev! Love the bold brushwork.
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    Great works, Kev. Any chance we'll be seeing that donkey painting?
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    You're a wonderful artist. I'm very impressed as well as inspired. Thank you for sharing your work!
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