Terry Clark  

Firebird by Terry Clark

October 2019 - Firebird

October 2019 - Terry Clark


About the Image(s)

Every October there is race past my house. The mass of runners flow by so quickly I never know what images I have captured until I get on the computer. This runner’s face suggested possibilities.

The figure was extracted from the original background and a neo-backdrop created.
That image was then passed through the D.A.P. Aqua-Cezanne filter twice, with different settings. Those images were stacked over the neo-background intermediate and the resulting structure was then adjusted, with some blending and selective erasures, to bring out certain elements.

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

Your substitution of the background is just perfect. It isolates the main subject well.
What I liked about this rather wild looking painting was that the runner's hair was all over the place and you created thsi almost crazy looking, but appropriate artistic rendition of it.   Posted: 10/03/2019 15:55:01

Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
Your work here really reflect speed to my eye. Not sure if you added the red but it contributes to the concept of speed and action. To my eye, the background picks up the perfect greens and tones to contrast with the runner. I truly like the background and together with the subject is a terrific unique modern look of art .   Posted: 10/04/2019 15:39:41

Terry Clark   Terry Clark
The runner does have red hair, the processing accentuated it. I probably boosted it some.

I built the background with a simple gradient starting with an eye dropper from her green jacket and fading to an eye dropper from the grey of her shirt. The Cezanne filter gave it texture.

  Posted: 10/04/2019 16:03:25

Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
When I read your description of how this was done, my immediate thought was that you are thinking like a very experienced painter. I wish I was at the same level of expertise. The details and nuances that you have drawn from the original are fantastic. Like Cyril and Nancy, I also love the touches of red. Great image and great rendition. Everything that you've done here really works.   Posted: 10/04/2019 19:20:11

Elinor Stecker-Orel   Elinor Stecker-Orel
Wild and wonderful! Your colors and painting technique really convey the energy of the race. I'm just a bit bothered by the red on her face. To my eye, it's somewhat of a distraction.
We'd love to see your bio, Terry.   Posted: 10/05/2019 17:19:39

Terry Clark   Terry Clark
Yeah, the face red smear is a bit strong, might have turned it down a bit. But, comparison with the original shows she was fairly flushed.

The thing that always bothers me about this image is her eyes. They are dead.

  Posted: 10/05/2019 21:37:38

Gerhard Geldenhuys   Gerhard Geldenhuys
Very well depicted and you certainly did a good job of the way you painted out the background. I am not so sure about the red colors and I would say that they are a tad over powering? A very artistic piece of art work indeed.   Posted: 10/14/2019 07:42:53

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
What an unusual and interesting painting you made from an off-beat shot! Changing the background was a smart move on your part, as it may have been distracting. The reddish accents in the hair and face really stand out from the new greenish background. That color is what really caught my eye and made it outstanding as a unique statement. I think the 'dead eye' look reflects a runner's exhaustion at this point. I like her mouth better in your painting, as well. It matches the expression in her eyes.   Posted: 10/29/2019 13:43:45

Terry Clark   Terry Clark
Thank you for you kind analysis.
Several have commented about the red on her face and yes it might have been toned down a bit. But I really like the red in her hair, gives the image a dynamic quality.
The set of her mouth, and the dark coloration, gives her a real hard look. Combined with the red hair and eyes she looks like somebody you don't want to cross!

BTW: the annual race, from which this photo was captured, ran again past my house on Sunday. But despite taking over 700 images I don't think I got one "keeper" from this years run.   Posted: 10/29/2019 17:18:09