Alexson - Looks excellent. It seems like more of an object shot than an "environmental scene", because you've got the sword and stone more or less in isolation from any surrounding environment. But it's a great piece so far.
Steflack - Both versions are great: one is harsh and forbidding, the other is more pastoral. Tough call!
Mleeg - That's a really great start. I've been struggling with a layout for mine, and what you've got here reads clearly and keeps the eye interested.
Dave - My only quibble is the scale: the sword looks huge to me. Maybe more detail or contrast in the foreground to establish scale? But I'd hate to mess with it. The lighting is fantastic and the whole thing looks like an oil painting that's darkened a bit with age. It's really beautiful. (And thanks for the kind words -- that made my day!)
Mhugo - Wow. That is epic.The lighting is really dramatic, and so is the setting. Great stuff.
Sinistral - Great setting. You established a very specific and believable sense of place. But keep an eye on the values so that the sword doesn't get overwhelmed by those arches.
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