Here is a just for fun, hodge-podge collection of pictures in my Sourdough Scores & Bakes Gallery. I hope it gives you some inspiration!
I have a video tutorial below the picture gallery of how to actually slash and score the bread. It shows you a 'functional' score which allows the steam to escape, and also the decorative score on the left.
Whether you slash or score is totally up to you. I do one or the other depending on my mood. If I do a slash, I usually don’t apply much rice flour and just leave the loaf a’la natural with a single slash. But, if I do a score pattern, I’ll use some white rice flour sprinkled on top to bring out that pattern of the score.
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If you're ready to start sourdough or are just starting to get your feet wet, you might find this recipe & technique video helpful: BEGINNER SOURDOUGH TARTINE.
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If you have questions about high elevation baking I would recommend you check out the King Arthur Flour link for their guide on baking at elevation.
King Arthur Flour https://www.kingarthurbaking.com/learn/resources/high-altitude-baking