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The Balloon Man

By TrevBatWCC    
Back to the archives until I get out 'n' about with the camera again. One from whilst on holiday to Lake Garda last Christmas, the first coach outing taking us to Trento. I'd seen this Balloon Man on a previous trip there, and as before he didn't seem to be attracting much business. Had a faff around with the original, (shown in the version), using selective colouring to reduce the distracting background, and also blurring the background from about a third of the way up to give the impression of a shallower depth of field. It did help pass on a bit of time whilst stuck here indoors… 😃
(image taken 23/12/2019)

Many thanks to Colleen for her User Award on my previous upload, Redundant , most appreciated 🏆👍

Raw image processed in Nikon Capture NX-D, tweaked in Nik Collection’s plugins and Photoshop Elements 2020.

Thanks again to everyone for your vote & comments on my previous uploads, it really is appreciated and encouraging 😃👍

Trev 😀

Tags: Christmas Street Digital manipulation Candid Italy Trento balloon man

Voters: jacomes, colijohn, drbird and 38 more

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1 Oct 2020 10:42AM
Great capture, I like the lead best.
The lead for me too Trev, great candid shot.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.4k 2295 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2020 10:59AM
How not to melt into the crowd...
I'll go for the version, the background is subdued enough.
1 Oct 2020 11:00AM
Lead for me too Trev, he looks a great local character! Nice one 🙂

Dave 🙂
Irishkate Plus
10 42 118 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2020 11:41AM
A definite contender for the colour pop Trev.
Amazing he wasn't getting much attention!
1 Oct 2020 11:53AM
Well it made me smile Trev!
saltireblue Plus
10 11.2k 69 Norway
1 Oct 2020 11:53AM
Elton John moonlighting?Smile
cats_123 Plus
16 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
1 Oct 2020 12:32PM
Like the treatment... very colourful too 😁
dales Plus
4 11 Australia
1 Oct 2020 1:10PM
A wonderful image of this colourful character Trev , thought it may have been Elton John in his day job at first glance !!SmileSmile
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
1 Oct 2020 1:23PM
good use of the selective colouring
PhilT2 Plus
10 531 31 England
1 Oct 2020 1:26PM
Great isolation of the subject Trev. Nicely done
1 Oct 2020 1:41PM
A very colourful chap
Mollycat Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2020 2:19PM
Nice work Trev, definitely couldn't miss this colourful character.
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
1 Oct 2020 2:38PM
He's not to be missed. Good one Trev.
Fefe Plus
9 54 34 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2020 3:05PM
Not sure his handbag matches his outfit ...Wink
I like the lead best Trev Smile
1 Oct 2020 3:39PM
agree with Moira: the bg does not appear to be exceedingly distracting in v.1, hence v.1 is my pick for this set of 2
gpimages 10 65 1 England
1 Oct 2020 3:57PM
Looks a bit dodgy to me! Different to your usual Trev - very colourful!
Graham Wink
1 Oct 2020 4:08PM
Lovely colours Trev and my fave is the lead.

Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2020 4:27PM
You've captured a delightful character !! Colourful, candid, and wonderful !!
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2020 4:55PM
Smashing colourful shots and like both
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
1 Oct 2020 5:00PM
Top class lovely colourful character. Good capture.
sparrowhawk Plus
12 282 2 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2020 5:35PM
wow now thats what you call colourful!! great shot
Saastad Plus
1 16 15 Norway
1 Oct 2020 6:49PM
Nice work Trev!

Arne Smile
Minty805 Plus
4 37 7 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2020 9:07PM
The lead gives the subject greater prominence for me, too. Good use of selective colour.
davyskid 3 2 Scotland
1 Oct 2020 10:10PM
Lovely colours and work, Trev and my fave is the lead.
1 Oct 2020 10:28PM
It's the lead for me Trev though I like both very much! Along with Mr Salty Bluemac I was reminded of Elton John. 😀

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