Helen Sweet  

Raquel Exhuberant Tryptich by Helen Sweet

December 2019 - Raquel Exhuberant Tryptich

December 2019 - Helen Sweet

Original 1

December 2019 - Helen Sweet

Original 2

About the Image(s)

When I gave my granddaughter the image that I posted here in Sept, Adina Pensive Tryptich, her mother requested another for the sister. So this is the companion piece. I didn't have one of Raquel at the same age as Adinas which I shot with a white background, so I used Raquel's 5th grade school pic. My hope was to depict her personality, as outgoing and vivacious as her sister is quiet and reserved. The original is on the right. For the center image, in PS I reduced the saturation, restoring some color to achieve the look of a 1940's B&W print hand colored with Marshall's Oils or perhaps a 1940s movie actress. On the left, to empathize her vivaciousness, I used Nik's HDR Efex Pro #2. To deal with visual distractions, on each image I reduced the vibrance of her sweater and her little hair ornament. I think the final image looks washed out compared to its "original" but that, absent a light background, it's a better companion to her sister's. (It will be similarly matted.) Please opine.

1 comment posted

Steve Estill   Steve Estill
Another fine present for your Granddaughter.
I'd have been tempted to use Portrait Pro to lift the original before applying the changes to the other versions. That way they maybe wouldn't have seemed so 'washed out'. Did you consider a sepia version to make more of a companion for Original 1? I've done one, reduced the opacity and then brought back Raquel from your final image, so the background will look a little more like Original 1.   Posted: 12/07/2019 15:43:51
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