Jan Handman  

Study In Elegance by Jan Handman

January 2020 - Study In Elegance

January 2020 - Jan Handman

Original 1

January 2020 - Jan Handman

Original 2

About the Image(s)

This month's image is from an old cache of photos taken at a photo shoot when I was stumbling my way with a new camera that I had no idea how to use. I saved the badly shot image (Original 1) because I loved our beautiful subject, a ballerina who posed for us in her studio. In trying to salvage the photo, I started with Viveza to lighten the overall exposure and increase the contrast a bit so her shadow was stronger. I then used PS to clone out the distracting rail support right behind her (Original 2). Next I used On1 Tonal Contrast to further lighten her face and shoulders and pump up the shadow. Then back into PS for a very subtle Oil Paint layer to slightly soften the image. Her hand was in motion when I took the shot at too slow a shutter speed, and I attempted to fix it but it looked worse, so I decided maybe it was an asset to contribute a bit of movement to the image. Lastly, a vignette was applied.

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

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
this is a delightful image. I like the treatment you gave to the shadow and to the overall image. The only thing that bothers me is the black metal hardware of the hand rail. So I just used Edit >Fill > Content Aware to remove it.   Posted: 01/01/2020 19:01:35
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Denise Perentin   Denise Perentin
Very pretty and so elegant. I like Georgianne's rework with the rail. I would also like to see a little tiny bit more room on the left hand side. Lovely work.   Posted: 01/04/2020 17:42:32

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Such a nice, soft, flowing image. Georgianne's edit is a nice improvement. The oil paint filter adds needed softness. The shadows are lovely. I too would like a little more room on the left.   Posted: 01/11/2020 15:38:23

Steve Estill   Steve Estill
Well worked. You've achieved an excellent result from the original. Like Candy, I like the shadows. I can see why Georgianne didn't like the the rail bracket, but I think that just cropping the right hand side may have been a better option - that would also give a better balance in the image, with the shadow complementing the dancer more.   Posted: 01/13/2020 15:43:24