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The boy inside

By p12owe
Whilst the weather is still dreary, I am trying to improve my post-processing skills. This image turned out to be a bit of an epic, taking several hours. It consisted of four separate images, over a dozen layers and numerous layer masks. I re-worked the image several times until I was happy with the result, but it was well worth it because I think I may have finally got my head around those mysterious photoshop "blend modes"!

I will leave you to work out the symbolism of the title and image, but the resulting image is unusual enough for me to be reasonably happy with, so I might even enter at the photographic club for the next comp. Any suggestions or critique would be most welcome.

Huge thanks to WhiteRose , Marktc and IrishKate for their user awards on my last upload. Your awards are very much appreciated!

Tags: Portrait Boy Broken window Portraits and people Digital maipulation

Voters: ChrisOs, JackAllTog, hi14ry and 21 more

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ChrisOs 11 2 1 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 4:50PM
Good work. Well worth the effort.
Chris

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lonely_oryx 8 61 54 England
28 Jan 2013 5:19PM
Great bit of work
LynneJoyce Plus
7 20 99 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 6:23PM
A clever, thought provoking image.
Eviscera 9 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 6:55PM
Its a good construct and impact Peter but well "muddy" and perhaps an odd tinge of leprosy on the skin tones.

I slapped a mod that colour corrected , applied some selective curve adjustments and added a bit of interest so he doesn't look like he is picking a zit Smile
p12owe 3 101 2 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 7:15PM
Leprosy indeed, the very cheek of it!
I did actually tone it down quite a lot as I didn't want anything too bright and happy, but I think I may have gone too far the other way. I will go back to an earlier revision and tweak it a little. I like the addition of glass, but I have to remember this is photo club level, so i'm not sure if i'm allowed to do anything that exciting. The bird toggers nearly exploded last week when I got two 10/10's for photoshopped images! Tongue
Eviscera 9 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 7:48PM
Chin the judge Wink

And that's why I would never join a camera club , bunch of Neanderthals.

Look fwd to the tweak .
Irishkate Plus
5 33 94 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 10:11PM
Interesting image. I'm looking at yours and the first mod - I'm thinking you wouldn't expect that much light on his face
being behind that window which suggests an old building.
Also you title hints at deep thought.
Don't like the second mod.
Doesn't your club allow Photoshopping? Our judges positively encourage it now.
KateGrinGrinGrin
HELANA 6 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 10:28PM
Very good portrait, love the process`
Elena
p12owe 3 101 2 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 10:40PM

Quote:Interesting image. I'm looking at yours and the first mod - I'm thinking you wouldn't expect that much light on his face
being behind that window which suggests an old building.
Also you title hints at deep thought.
Don't like the second mod.
Doesn't your club allow Photoshopping? Our judges positively encourage it now.
KateGrinGrinGrin



Thanks Kate.... Can I join your club!
Our club is still quite "old school" and has a reputation (well deserved) for good wildlife photography. Unfortunately this means that the judges often feel that they should mark this subject favourably at the expense of other genres. Producing creative shots is always seen as a bit of a risk, whereas a wildlife pic of reasonable quality is considered "safe" and virtually guaranteed a good mark. Last week I was awarded two 10's because the judge liked creative work.... There were numerous complaints to the committee afterwards! I always moderate my images to suit the club competitions simply because it is more fun to be biting at the heels of leading wildlife togs than to be nowhere in the competition rankings!

I love Eviceras PF and I agree that I did muddy the picture down a little. I am going to play about with some lighting effects because, as you rightly say the light would not be "studio bright" but I do think it does need some work.
Nick_w Plus
8 4.2k 99 England
29 Jan 2013 7:43AM
It works well Peter, the muddy appearance, I took as what you were after. Although a classic desaturated image may have worked just as well (or black and white adjustment layer adjust opacity - or similar, something I do quite a bit when ever I get round to DM's).

But for me the main problem is the contradictions, the boy just looks too happy for the underlying message. Still like it a lot.

The original blue version may have worked better, remember you can use colour to evoke mood - and distance (both physically and emotionally).
Briwooly 10 452 5 England
29 Jan 2013 2:02PM
A great piece of work

Brian.......................
mrswoolybill Plus
9 877 1431 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 1:01PM
It's an interesting idea. For me the face doesn't quite ring true - there is too much light on the face as mentioned above, and it is too even, smooth. I want a lot more shadow.
Plus there's almost no hint of the wrist continuing below the glazing bar - the transition is too sudden.

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