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God's Hourglass

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A wallpaper made for Desktopography 2016 - get the high-res and other sizes here: desktopography.net/exhibition-…

This work was inspired by my photos of the beautiful Twelve Apostles site, near Port Campbell, Australia.
This is the main image I used as the base plate:
Plate by ErikShoemaker

Here is a process animation:
God's Hourglass Process by ErikShoemaker

Thanks also to:
Angel statue Stock 16 by Malleni-StockThe Sleep Of Sorrow (Statue) by Null-EntityPyramid of Khafre 3 by Lauren-LeeAsteroids by DagohbertBranches 3 by passagere-DA


© Erik Schumacher
This is no stock image, so don't use, copy or manipulate the original artwork without my written permission. 
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I actually saw this affect once it was Denali Mtn in Alaska.. reflected in the sky. It brings me right back there.. thanks!

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sounds amazing! :)

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Leanndra51's avatar

Stunning work, Erik! I found your dramatic work featured here:

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Thanks for the link and the comment! Yes, @spiraloso is my hero :worship: :D

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Mine too, Erik!

Giallo86's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

This scene is very powerful. I think is very original and the movement make it somehow epic, very appropriate choice of inclination for the sea level. You did a very good job if this was your intent. My only critique goes to the dark cloud on the top right: that is supposed to go above the pyramid? it doesn't look like it's coming from the point of view of the observer, as you probably wanted to. It looks flat, not going in the distance, because it lacks shadows and highlights that resemble the depth of field, that is the only element that disturb the composition. My suggestion would be to remove it, other than that great job author and keep it up <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>
ErikShoemaker's avatar
Thanks for the critique and the compliment! The cloud on the top right is not actually supposed to close to the viewer (unlike the butterfly). Plus, we see only the shadowy side, therefore it has little detail. But I can see how it could be confusing. Thanks for pointing it out!
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you're welcome mate! keep up the good work
Telian24's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
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OK, I try it again this time.

Overall, it is an inspiring work again. It immediately made my head spin with stories. So, yes, impactwise it is a full 5 stars for me <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>

Also technically it is awesome (at least for someone like me who doesn't know a bit about photomanip). I especially like the attention you give to small details like the twigs, the butterflies and the sea gulls. It is also nice how the tilting of the asteroid rings breaks the symmetry of the pyramids and the angels. Clever. The moons orbiting on different planes again enhance this even more. The tilting of the whole picture unbalances the viewer even more (next thing the sea will start pouring out of the lower right corner of the picture ... <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>).

But I feel something is wrong about the outer asteroid ring; I guess it might be because the difference in size between the ones at the front and the ones at the back is too small to match the supposed angle and size of the circle. The inner circle looks just fine for me, it is only the outer one that looks somehow wrong, especially around the left and right bend (at the right bend, the asteroids even leave the circle).
I also am not sure if your pyramids are really triangle-based as someone wrote, or square-based. Looking at the angles between the edges of the square-looking base block and the wall planes of the lower pyramid, one might guess it's triangle-shaped, but I have the feeling the angle between the walls is still too large. With the upper pyramid I have the definite impression that it has a square base. So, which is it? And might it be there's something wrong about the angles? (Actually I didn't even think about this before I read the other critiques <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>)

All in all: Keep up your wonderfully creative work.
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Thanks again for your critique and the compliments! Indeed it is a pyramid and not a tetrahedron, otherwise I guess the perspective/angles would be wrong. I interpreted the other critique as in "triangular as opposed to circular whatever shape". :shrug:
Thanks for pointing out the asteroid ring, too, I will look at it once more to see what's really wrong there.
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:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

For some strange reason, Salvador Dali was the first person that came to mind when I first saw it. I really hope that was not an insult, for I do love his work and this piece is simply amazing.

I like the hourglass-- and I love that you used a triangles instead of the normal shape. I also love how instead of the sand pour from one place unto another, you have them circling around, in the very middle.

This idea is very creative-- and unique at the same time. It is simply stunning.

Anyways, my apologies... I suck at critiquing... but I still wanted to tell you that this is an amazing work. ^,^
ErikShoemaker's avatar
thanks a lot for the critique and the kind words, I appreciate it! :)
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:star::star::star::star: Overall
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I really love the composition of this piece, especially your placement of the butterflies in the foreground and mid ground.

The concept is absolutely breathtaking and kudos to your landscape photography skills. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>

The statues, the grass, clouds, and butterflies are all very well blended into the scene and look natural. I love the astroids, but I feel that they don't completely mesh into the image. I think it has something to do with the depth of field or possible the perspective (perhaps the angle of the rocks compared to the pyramids?). The color looks right.

The moon on the right and left look great. The problem with the other two, is you can tell that they are photographic copies of each other. Perhaps the solution is rotating one or the other. You could also use a different "moon" for one of them.

This might just be my preference, but the transition between the top of the hourglass and the sky look very stark. You could apply the same technique to the edges up there that you applied to the sides of the lower pyramid, or you could cover it with a bit of cloud.

All in all, a very clever idea and a good execution.
ErikShoemaker's avatar
Thank you for the nice critique! I was struggling with the butterflies more or less until the last minute, so I'm glad you like them. And it's true that the moons are copy-pasted (actually all four of them, so I guess I got it half right lol). Thanks also for the comment about the edges, I'll consider it.  :)
AlasRenaissanceWoman's avatar
You're welcome. I hope it helps. <3  I do the copy paste thing too. (I think everyone does.)

awesomework, not just this one but all :) loved the animation !

ErikShoemaker's avatar

thanks so much for the nice compliment! Much appreciated :)

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