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Old 03-18-2012, 07:53 PM
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Almost Home

Going through some old photos to see if any could be salvaged, I came across one that I liked enough to play around with.

My wife and our two dogs were nearly home after a walk to a local park. The original photo (#1 below) was pretty bad - out of focus, poorly composed, with little redeeming value. And those two distracting red dots (auto taillights) kept bothering me. But I was struck by the warm glow of the sun through the trees just above me wife's head, and by the feeling that all three of them were tired and glad to be almost home. I decided to try emphasizing those two impressions.

#1) - original photo


So I first cropped it for a better composition, just eyeballing it. As it turns out, my wife's green hat is right on one of the hotspots that the rule of thirds located, and Hazel's (she's the larger dog at right) head is on another. Then I tried sharpening the image, but the original was so poor that results were disappointing. I decided to experiment with various Artistic treatments, hoping they might cover up the poor focus, as well as get across the feeling of three tired people trudging home in the warmth of the late afternoon sun. I can't remember exactly which treatments I used, but I finished it off with a texture and a warm photo filter. Still not a great image, but I'm pleased that I made something out of a throw-away image, and that it comes close to projecting the feeling of the moment. (I also kinda like how Guinness (smaller dog) sort of blends in with the sidewalk.) See #2 below.

#2) - cropped and manipulated


As always, your comments, reactions, and suggestions are most welcome.
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:18 AM
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Re: Almost Home

Dave, good job....another silk purse made!
I think you achieved what was in your minds eye.
My only nit would be to clone out the dog do-do on the sidewalk to the right of Hazel.
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:26 AM
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Re: Almost Home

good one its fun changing things to how you want them,nice to see it worked
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:56 AM
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Thanks Rich & wigan.

Rich: That's actually a leaf, but it doesn't matter what it really is; it's what people think it is. Good eye.

wigan: First of all, welcome to WetCanvas! And thanks for taking the time to look and comment on my image.
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I was hoping that wasn't what I thought it was in such a nicely manicured neighborhood!
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Rich,

Much of the neighborhood does show well-maintained lawns. Mine isn't one of them.

BTW, twice you've used the phrase "silk purse" about my photos. That's right on target and I like it so much that I'm thinking of changing my website's name to Silk Purse Photography.
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Curiosity has got the better of me, why would someone have a name Wigan but comes from Yorkshire?
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BTW, twice you've used the phrase "silk purse" about my photos. That's right on target and I like it so much that I'm thinking of changing my website's name to Silk Purse Photography.
Funny! I think that would be a great name!
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Re: Almost Home

Is there anything better than a fluffy bum dog? Yep, two fluffy bum dogs!

Dave, would you mind if I have a play over the weekend with this one? I promise not to do anything outlandish.
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Is there anything better than a fluffy bum dog? Yep, two fluffy bum dogs!

Dave, would you mind if I have a play over the weekend with this one? I promise not to do anything outlandish.

Graeme,

Go right ahead. And you can be as outlandish as you want. Looking forward to seeing what you make of it.
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I like the manipulated version best it has a sort of "Rockwell" look. Nice.
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Dave,
Nice cropping and texture.
I like the angel the shot was taken at.

I missed the dog doo doo until Rich pointed it out! Thanks Rich.

I am anxious to see what Graemek does with this. However, I like your version of the manip as it is already.
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Very nice manips!
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Hey Double D. Long time no hear.
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