David Cooke  

The Man in the Hat by David Cooke

February 2019 - The Man in the Hat

February 2019 - David Cooke


About the Image(s)

This image was taken in Havana. The man is part of a group of street artists who were dancing on stilts.

Its development was experimental; I chose filters to see how they looked and modified the image as I went along until it looked the way I wanted it to.

In essence, the development was firstly to crop to the square format I now use a lot. Then application of the Topaz Detail Lithography filter was followed by a texture layer of an old wall I had taken. A layer mask was used to remove the texture from the man’s face.

Then followed a series of curves, Nik Viveza, clone and selective colour layers “ all with partial removal of the effect with layer masks. Nik Pro-contrast and Glamour Glow filters were then used and the man’s eyes were sharpened using High pass filter and a layer mask.

Because of the experimental nature of its development, the image has 20 layers “ probably far more that there need be, and would be if I used the technique again, using the experience I gained in the development of this one

Nikon D700, 28 “ 300 mm Nikkor lens at 200 mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/250 sec

This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Another incredible image! It certainly was worth the time that you put into developing it. His skin texture is very pleasing and helps augment the initial impact. If you ever post a tutorial on how to create such magnificent images please let the group know, even if they are 20 layers.   Posted: 02/01/2019 16:29:27

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
David, I really like the colors that you chose. The hat and the man's left shoulder are a wonderful shade of yellow. But my favorite element of this image is the texture. The face, the hat, the clothes and even the background are all tied together with the texture of your old wall.

Experimenting with photographs is fun. And they are even more enjoyable when the experiment is successful as yours is.   Posted: 02/01/2019 16:56:17

Mike Whelan   Mike Whelan
(Group 90)
David, the final color and textures are brilliant. From the original image you have infused character and personality, well done on getting such a rich image. This must be a reflection of your photography style, congratulations, it works. You have turned a mediocre image into one of impact and very pleasing on the eye.   Posted: 02/07/2019 09:00:38

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
I see that the man was not wearing a mask when you took the picture. The topaz filter, that you used, gave him a mask. Your new background is excellent.   Posted: 02/23/2019 11:44:14

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
David when look at this image, as with many of your others I feel as though you have reached the person's soul. This quite different than your usual submissions and as usual you have produced a masterpiece I can find nothing to add to what the others have written Great work David.   Posted: 02/23/2019 14:43:15