Sunday, January 4, 2009

The "Patrick" Experiment 2

This is the second installment to my Smith’s Point series. For this shot I started with a close-up section of old overgrown fencing at the edge of the property nearest my original GPS destination. I like the texture and composition as a starting point but relied heavily on post-processing to get to the photo shown here. Hope you like it.

Tech: Oly E-3 w/ 12-60 Zuiko @ f4.5 & 60mm, 1/80th @ ISO200, Aperture Priority, Three Handheld Exposures Post Processing: Merge to HDR with Photomatix Pro>Open in CS2>Duplicate Background>Converted to B&W using Virtual Photographer’s “Anvil” Preset>Copied and Floated a Portion of the Bottom of the Photo on New Layer>Free Transform and Skew to Cover Undesirable Element at Bottom>Merge Visible>Duplicated Background [Original] at 50% Opacity to Reintroduce Some Color>Levels>Merge Visible in Hue Mode>Merge Visible in Darken Mode>Gradient Fill on Mask of Upper Third>Merge Visible>Gaussian Blur with Mask>Paint out Mask to Emphasize the Subject


Barry Armer said...

Cool shot Larry! The photo draws you into it!

Well done!

Anonymous said...

I think I would like to have seen a little more of the shot. The Gaussian blur effect may be a bit too much. Something like this could stand on its' own.

I do like the composition and subject.


Larry J. Patrick said...

I like what you did. I think it is fun to try different things. You did a really good job pushing the envelop. Keep it up!

Larry said...

Thanks Larry, this was a fun project.