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Lost theme

Lost theme
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Copyright: joy keogh (dipsybee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 250 W: 111 N: 621] (2456)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-23
Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment, Experimental, Mood, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed], Portrait
Camera: Canon EOS 1000D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Friday Theme 2013/01/18 'Lost' [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-01-17 13:31
Viewed: 1210
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This weeks theme has certainly stretched my technical skills as far as layers in Photoshop are concerned.

I took this candid shot a year ago at the beach in Daymer bay. The sun was in this lady's eyes as she looked for her family. However the beach was not crowded, as it is shown here. I decided to make her look a little more lost by adding lots of people and windbreaks.

The back of the beach is another shot from Daymer Bay but on a different day. I have built it up using four different layers. To each layer I added a different strength of Gaussian Blur so the crowds would appear to recede into the distance.

I then added the lady as a separate layer and sharpened her, adding a touch of contrast.

All the 5 layers were then merged and resized.

I know my Photoshop skills could obviously be better here but I think the final image fits the theme of Lost!

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A well thought contribution to Friday's theme, and first one I guess ;)
Good details and expressions of the person give an appearance as if he/she has lost something.
The colors add mood into the scene.
Well caught contrasts and nice exposure.

A nicely executed shot, Joy!

Thanks and regards,

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2013-01-17 14:04]

Hi Joy.

I think you have done very well with this posting going by your description of what work you have gone through to achieve this. I think it fitds well with this weeks theme.

Stv ;0))

Bonjour Joy
Very extensive PP work..but very successful ...
Contrast are well balanced...beautiful colors..like the blur
beach in BG..Great expression of the lady..great addition to the theme....Bravo,Robert

Hi Joy, a pretty good job of the layers, youre not the only one still trying to get the hang of that stuff.I dont have photoshop so practice is slow.Hope you had fun though.The only place the pp work is noticeable is up against the lady. Fiona

Hi Joy,I am in awe of your PP skills! I don't think that I could begin to do this.The colourful bg of all the wind breaks certainly gives the impression of a very crowded beach.

The panicky feeling of losing sight of someone on the beach is a good idea for the theme.
Tfs, regards Jean.

Hi,well done with the disorienting background.Makes the lady's task even more challenging.Friendly regards,Otto.

A very good representation of Friday's theme! I like the way the sun highlight the white hair. Very well done, tfs.

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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2013-01-18 20:06]

Hi Joy:)
I like your contribution to the theme as well as multiple layers PP work - image well done, creative and with correct message.
Best regards - Tom:)

hI joy....I like your depth of fuel with the soft background. Nice focus on the subject with a good soft background.


Ciao Joy, nice portrait of old woman in fantastic pose, wonderful natural colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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