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18th Century sailor

18th Century sailor
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Copyright: Gabriel TL (GabesterTL) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 355 W: 121 N: 111] (394)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-28
Categories: Daily Life, Event, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Sony DSC F828 Cybershot, Carl Zeiss T* 28-200, CCD 8M 2/3" RGBE
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 18th Century Market Montreal [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-31 16:36
Viewed: 4949
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another shot from the annual 18th Century public market event in Montreal.

Here is a sailor telling stories of how sailors got recruited (deceitfully sometimes) and how hard life was on a ship.

It was difficult to take a picture without including another person, car or other 21st century elements. Therefore I took out my trusty wacom tablet and went to work. I've posted the original pic in a workshop to show you the extent of the modifications.

[Digital Spiel]
- Cropped.
- Used the clone, healing brush and patch tool to get rid of some elements in the background and extend the image on the bottom.
- Created a Channel Mixer adjustment layer along with a duplicate of the original on soft light blending mode to desaturate the colors.
- A slight Burning through a neutral gray-filled layer on soft light blending mode.
- Masked out the elements in the foreground and used the Lens Blur filter on a duplicate of the image.
- Sharpened the edges using a combination of find edges, unsharp mask and gaussian blur filters.
- Resized using the bicubic sharper interpolation.
- Framed.

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The Lens Blur filter worked well here - I'm still trying to get the hang of this filter. Thanks for the explicit notes on technique - very helpful.

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
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I think your desaturation is cool in this shot, Gabe. You went through a whole lot of trouble here. Why not selecting what you wanted to keep, erasing the rest, and applying a whole new background (a dusty road perhaps, or rather a quay and a view of the sea) ?
Anyway, TFS. You got rid of the car in a tremendous way. Thanks for including the original in the WS.

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