Tom Pickering  

Carousel Horse by Tom Pickering

November 2019 - Carousel Horse

November 2019 - Tom Pickering

Original 1

November 2019 - Tom Pickering

Original 2

About the Image(s)

Specs: Nikon D50, Sigma 18-200mm, F5.6, 1/500s, ISO 400, Monopod, Natural Light

Scrolling through images taken 11 years ago, I came across this image (Original 1) of a carousel horse from our local zoo. Masked out the background with Topaz ReMask, added one of my custom backgrounds (Original 2), did some cleanup and final dodging & burning. Seems like something is needed but I cannot see it. Suggestions?

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16 comments posted

Dan DeVries   Dan DeVries
I really like the shot. Lighting is good. It almost looks like a painting.
I've think I've seen some apps that give photos an "oil painting" like quality. That might be interesting here.   Posted: 11/07/2019 09:35:03
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
I have some of those and some PS actions as well. I'll have to give that a try. d;¬{D   Posted: 11/10/2019 23:40:18
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Here's a subtle oil paint effect. What do you think?   Posted: 11/21/2019 08:25:05
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Donna Paul   Donna Paul
(Groups 24 & 61)
Very nice art work!   Posted: 11/10/2019 22:03:10
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Thanks for visiting us here in 53 and sharing that, Donna! d:¬{D   Posted: 11/10/2019 23:41:24

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
(Groups 21 & 65)
I like the concept of your image. Since you asked for suggestions, I took the liberty of doing a different approach to your image. I used the path blur filter in CC2020), and applied a reduced opacity color burn to the horse, and a different opacity color burn to the background. I also played with the smudge tool to smooth out the horse and the path blur. I then sharpened just the face of the horse, using the sharpening tool. To me the result is an evil horse.   Posted: 11/12/2019 16:20:49
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Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
This version will likely give me nightmares, Peter! Thanks for that! d;¬{Ð   Posted: 11/12/2019 16:27:42
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
(Groups 21 & 65)
Did you intend that pun? The horse looks more like a stallion to me. ;-)

Seriously though, I was using your image to learn ways to use the new path filter in PS 2020. I changed the blend mode to lighten with 100% opacity. I was trying to give an illusion of motion, and enrich the colors in the horse. Just a suggestion.   Posted: 11/12/2019 19:46:41
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Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Anybody who knows me knows a pun is almost always intended. d;¬{D

I am honored that my humble image can be put to use in furthering your PS explorations! d:¬{D   Posted: 11/12/2019 23:25:28

Arabella Dane   Arabella Dane
I love the version you did Tom. The background works to accentuate the horse adding a softness to its hard texture.   Posted: 11/15/2019 19:35:48

Brenda Frezeman   Brenda Frezeman
I agree with Arabella. Your version has great contrasts-- hard/soft and shiny/matte. You made something really cool from a too-busy original.   Posted: 11/16/2019 08:46:09

Rusty Pinckney   Rusty Pinckney
The background Tom used is my favorite. The contrast of the carousel horse against the hard texture of the horse is perfect. Nice work.   Posted: 11/16/2019 15:15:44

Mark Southard   Mark Southard
(Groups 8 & 18)
just a great job of selecting the horse and putting in a good background. Well done !   Posted: 11/16/2019 15:37:29
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Thanks for visiting Mark! I appreciate your feedback! d:¬{D   Posted: 11/21/2019 07:33:47

Miriam Power   Miriam Power
Love it Tom. The new background gives it a Celtic feel - almost straight out of Irish mythology.   Posted: 11/17/2019 12:04:55
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Ooooo! I can hear the fiddler now! d:¬{D   Posted: 11/21/2019 07:34:34