Harley Rubens  

Cowboy by Harley Rubens

August 2019 - Cowboy

August 2019 - Harley Rubens


About the Image(s)

Shot Canon 6D
Tamron 28-300 at 300 mm
ISO 3200
f 6.3
1/1000 sec

I opened original in Lightroom 4. I brought highlights down and shadows up. I clipped Black and Whites. I imported to Photoshop CS6. I selected and isolated the cowboy and horse. I placed the Cowboy and horse on top of a copy of the whole image. I then did a Gaussian blur on the bottom layer with a layer mask on that layer. On the layer mask I used the gradient tool to put a depth of field on the layer with the blur. I then cropped and used lightroom to vignette as well as Nik to darken some the glaring background and lighten the hoofs and cowboy face. Nik "Define" used to reduce noise and focus magic to focus. I liked the action in this shot. I have a number of shots of this cowboy and not sure if I ever submitted this, but if I had, it is completely reworked.

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9 comments posted

Mark McKinney   Mark McKinney
I really like this! I like the colors and it is clear you must be a master of Lightroom/Photoshop.   Posted: 08/09/2019 12:07:40
Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
Thank you Mark.I did learn how to put DOF into a photo on CS2 in a class by the artist for our local Trader Joes. Tha sliders on lightroom 4.4 has a quick Serge Ramelli "slam Dunk"- That is the highlights all the way down, shadows all the way up, hit the alt key and clip the whites and blacks, then adjust brightness and clarity.   Posted: 08/09/2019 12:17:49

Lane B Lewis   Lane B Lewis
I guess you and I are in the Rodeo, cutting and reining mode! Phew! I think you put entirely too much work into this image. The original gives a sense of place and I like the people in the back ground. I would have liked to have seen more action with the rope or what he was going to do. I need some mud flying and a calf running to tell "The Story". Otherwise, he should be sitting there lightening up a Marlboro.   Posted: 08/15/2019 21:48:48
Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
I have action shots also, but I liked his regal pose. Thanks for the feedback.   Posted: 08/16/2019 08:18:54
Lane B Lewis   Lane B Lewis
I understand.   Posted: 08/16/2019 10:24:33

Toni Caldwell   Toni Caldwell
I'm not sure about red and orange blotches above the horses ears. Other than that, a lovely image.   Posted: 08/29/2019 21:41:48
Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
That is the background which I should have corrected.   Posted: 08/30/2019 08:38:27
Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
Not sure if you may be talking about the chromatic aberration   Posted: 08/30/2019 08:39:38

Mike Walker   Mike Walker
I like the work you have done to isolate the rider and horse. The darkening down of the background has helped to make them pop out a lot more. I also like the story this gives me of a very focused team about to go to work.   Posted: 08/30/2019 09:44:47