There is something undeniably classy about a lady with a parasol.
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I've got to agree with that assessment. Great job on the background. It looks like a studio background and I was wondering just how you accomplished that sort of photo from the seat of your truck. ("Just what is she standing in front of?")
28 Jul 2007 12:52pm
@Jonathan (of the Japan Journal): I accomplished it by rolling the window down on the passenger side to avoid artifacts from reflections off the glass. Took about 8 shots total, and this was the one that seemed the best to me.
I spent about an hour and a half working on the layer mask that I used to isolate her from the original background. She got the standard levels and curves adjustments, together with a contrast adjustment layer. Then due to the lack of any color anywhere except the parasol, I cranked up the saturation by about 70 or so.
The background itself was very simple to do. In The GIMP I duplicated the layer and applied the same layer mask, but with black and white inverted so that the woman would not be affected and the background would. Then I just went into the filter menu and applied "plasma", desaturated that to black and white, then retinted it with a cyanotype gradient to turn it blue.
The hard part about something like this is just the drudge work of carefully creating the layer mask. Everything else is a breeze and only takes a few minutes.
Really classy effect Mike. Interesting contrast between the real shot and your 'studio' version!
28 Jul 2007 1:05pm
@Daroru: Thanks a lot. I was trying to get something to set her off from the original background when I decided to see what sort of effects I could work up instead. Wanted something that would highlight the gold of the parasol. In the original photo, I thought the thing was white. Hell, I thought it was white when I took the picture.
Very nice Mike, and interesting that you're using the good ole' GIMP.
28 Jul 2007 2:43pm
@Dan: Thanks, Dan. GIMP rules! Does everything I could ever want to do with it, a ton of stuff I'll never figure out, and they give it away for free. What could be sweeter?
Simple and classy shot!!!
You really have some fantastic pp skills!!
29 Jul 2007 2:49pm
Hi Mike--Love the "parasol" shot. It happens that I have a book of poems forthcoming titled "Parasol." I've been scouting around for cover ideas. Would you consider letting me consider using your photo, or perhaps a detail from it, as a book cover? At any rate, it's a very neat shot--thanks!
6 Aug 2007 12:08am
@Hal Shows: I would be glad to consider that. Contact me via e-mail and we can discuss it.
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