|Copyright: Dai Gunter (Dai)
|Date Taken: 2006-06-03|
|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|
|[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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- [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
- [2009-05-07 15:15]
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!
A wonderful statue shot view vith excellent POV, colours and perspective.TFS.
- [2009-05-09 4:03]
Interesting image with own history on it. Well presented with good, useful note.