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Liberation


Liberation
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Copyright: Dai Gunter (Dai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 189 W: 56 N: 247] (1214)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-03
Categories: Artwork
Camera: Canon PowerShot G2
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-07 3:48
Viewed: 2186
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Perhaps the most popular sculpture in the island of Jersey is the 'Liberation' statue - a celebration of liberation which is located in Liberation Square. It was designed by Philip Jackson and was erected to commemmorate the 50th anniversary in 1995 of the liberation of Jersey from German occupation during WWII. The statue was unveiled by Prince Charles and was seen by some as controversial, nevertheless, the statue stands proud in Liberation Square, in front of a hotel that once housed the headquarters for the German Army during WWII.

I have done some work on this picture - I had posted the original some time ago and it never did much for me so decided to take it a step further using Photoshop and repost the image in TL.
From this viewpoint, the original background consisted of a few buildings and a handful of people passing by. These were a distraction so I cut out the background and added a sky backdrop. Why a sky backdrop? Well the statue is all about liberation and whenever I look to the sky I always get the sense of freedom, no barriers, liberation.
Using the cut-out statue in Photoshop, I increased contrast using levels & curves adjustment and then increase saturation slightly. The background was added as a second layer behind the statue.
A little dodging & burning on the merged layers and finally a thin blak border (65% opaque) added to finish.
Hope you like what I've done here.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2009-05-07 3:59]

Hi there Dai
This is a story I do not know about - and it is very interesting to read.
It is an impressive looking sculpture, and well done on your PP work to get rid of the BG distractions. It looks good looking up through the sculpture to the sky beyond - well done
Janice

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  • rlrad Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 142 W: 8 N: 375] (1374)
  • [2009-05-07 15:15]

Hello Dai,

I like the effect of the sky behind the statue, too. Looks good - great post-processing and very welcome explanation of your techniques, too.

Have a nice evening!
Reed

Hi Dai,
A wonderful statue shot view vith excellent POV, colours and perspective.TFS.
Regards,

hAyAti

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2009-05-09 4:03]

Hello Dai.
Interesting image with own history on it. Well presented with good, useful note.
Best Regards
Janek Kloss

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