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Yesterday I read on the forums HERE if it was possible to turn a really awful duff photo into something using textured backgrounds.

This is my attempt.

This is my friend Nick...looking in my bathroom mirror...I left the lights down the side in to show the catchlights. used three different textured backgrounds and my usual method of processing portraits. (Dragan Style...sort of)

The Tatts are all his....he's covered in them.

Sorry to those who voted before I forgot to tick the Modifications box.

Camera:Nikon D200 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:17-55
Title:Nick
Username:CathyT CathyT
Uploaded:4 Jan 2011 - 3:08 PM
Tags:Digital art, Digitally manipulated, Portraits / people
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CathyT
CathyT e2 Member 87253 forum postsCathyT vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2011 - 3:12 PM

Sorry to those who voted before I forgot to tick the Modifications box.

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bfgstew
bfgstew  7668 forum posts England105 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2011 - 3:25 PM

Thought it was a movie still when I first saw it Cath....

Excellent processing, certainly adds much much more to the shot.

Would have been nicer though if the reflection of his head was positioned in the gap between his shoulder, ear and the lights. At the moment it is a bit of a tight squeeze, only a minor crit of a superb shot.
Regards

Stewart

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2011 - 3:35 PM

The textures do work wonders. Really like what you have done.

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CathyT
CathyT e2 Member 87253 forum postsCathyT vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2011 - 3:37 PM

Thanks Stewart....it was a tight squeeze to take the shot..I'll try and move it in PS and see what it looks like.

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CathyT
CathyT e2 Member 87253 forum postsCathyT vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2011 - 3:38 PM

Thanks Scaramanga...

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Bufpuf2009
Bufpuf2009 e2 Member 4Bufpuf2009 vcard United Kingdom
4 Jan 2011 - 3:48 PM

The textures and tinting in V1, superb

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StevesPics
4 Jan 2011 - 3:48 PM

I love this! The processing is superb!!
Steve

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England205 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2011 - 3:48 PM

Like the use of the textures in this Cathy, works well.
Regards Richard

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RoxanaAdina
4 Jan 2011 - 3:53 PM

Interesting image...Nice work! Smile

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Eviscera
Eviscera  71093 forum posts United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2011 - 4:15 PM

Thats a great choice and blend Cath , kinda grunges the skin and really like the new lighting !

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CathyT
CathyT e2 Member 87253 forum postsCathyT vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2011 - 4:18 PM

Thanks..I added a light effect in PS...lots of fiddling about.

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2011 - 4:39 PM

Like them both, but the fiddled on has more of a story-- fantastic fiddling!

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 813402 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2011 - 5:51 PM

Well, you even managed to clone yourself out...Smile
The textures and your processing have totally transformed the shot. However, the dark texture on the fg (below his shoulder and his back) is a bit too strong and distracting for my liking.

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CathyT
CathyT e2 Member 87253 forum postsCathyT vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2011 - 5:59 PM

Yeah...its a bit of a duff area....but cos the top right corner is dark too I was hoping it balance the shot and guided the light to the face.

Last Modified By CathyT at 4 Jan 2011 - 5:59 PM

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Imagephotographics

Excellent work Cathy - well done

Chris

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TONKSPHOTO e2 Member 3TONKSPHOTO vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2011 - 7:03 PM

Brilliant transformation 10/10...JT

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chase
chase Critique Team 81104 forum postschase vcard England231 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2011 - 7:12 PM

Well done Cathy,lots of work gone into this,yep the original is a bit on the iffy side but it's not just the addition of textures that has transformed this image,you have put loads of effort into other parts of the resulting frame too.
Yep a bit dark at the bottom but it does balance it a bit....I do like the lights.

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CathyT
CathyT e2 Member 87253 forum postsCathyT vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2011 - 7:33 PM

Thanks Janet...I've wanted a shot of this mirror...or rather the catch lights that it gives for ages. I took this pic a while back but didn't like it...but I quite like it now..lol

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miptog
miptog  83529 forum posts United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2011 - 7:42 PM

Cathy, Thanks for uploading this. The end result has great impact. It also, for me, demonstrates the importance of good post processing, and equally how a unexciting shot can be turned into something special.

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CathyT
CathyT e2 Member 87253 forum postsCathyT vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2011 - 7:44 PM

Thanks Michael...

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2011 - 10:07 PM

V1 for me, excellent Cathy. Ron.

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Alvar
Alvar  7 France2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2011 - 10:47 PM

Lovely shot Well done.
Alvar

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carmenfuchs
5 Jan 2011 - 2:12 AM

i took a picture like version 2 of my son looking into the bathroom mirror. He had the picture tattooed on his back. Great work here - v1 is really effective. =)

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Ian-Munro
Ian-Munro  6200 forum posts Wales15 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2011 - 9:10 AM

I think Coles has a point though Im not sure what could be done. A fantastic use of textures and a clever crop are just the beginning of this brilliant transformation. I really like the processing of the portrait itself and the way you really have lit up his face and eyes compared to the original.

A super bit of manipulation that has everything for me so have a badge on me Smile

Nice work.
Ian

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CathyT
CathyT e2 Member 87253 forum postsCathyT vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2011 - 9:21 AM

Thank you for your award Ian....much appreciated.

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Philo
Philo e2 Member 452 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2011 - 6:55 AM

I have just followed your link to this in the forums and must say this is quite superb. I have started dabbling with textures so it's great to see a before and after shot. Thanks for sharing with us.
Perhaps you could go one better and upload a tutorial showing us how you created it?
Inspiring work!
Phil

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