Susan Ashford  

Hidden Gems by Susan Ashford

October 2019 - Hidden Gems

October 2019 - Susan Ashford

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October 2019 - Susan Ashford

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About the Image(s)

Hidden Gems ...A few years ago I went on a Fine Art photoshoot that took place at an old derelict
boatyard on the side of the river.
I particularly enjoy the shape created by the girls bodies and found the
rusted background of an old boat suited my prevision of creating an
Old Masters type image.

I opened the original image, duplicated it in the Layers Palette
The Duplicated Layer i changed to black and white and selected the Filter - stylize-find edges, change blend mode
to overlay, reduce opacity to 70%

Duplicate background again

Go filter-select Blur- choose Gaussian blur, go blend mode - multiply play with opacity.
Lastly i added a image i took of the wall of some local caves , added filter colour yellow and played
with the blend modes and opacity until i was reasonably happy.
I know the texture has marks and spots but i feel them relevant as an ageing hint.
I used Nikon D3S ....
24-70 lens at f5.
ISO 500 daylight ...hand held...

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

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
(Groups 73 & 76)
Hi Susan, As a Fine Art and Old Master attempt here, I find your prevision and processing to produce your Hidden Gems remarkable and second to none. From the calmness of your models, their comfort in their posing for your camera, through to your processing and presentation show how co-operation between model(s) and artist(s) can result in exquisite works. Prevision, purpose and foresight are wonderfully used here. Extremely well done. Congratulations. I would love to know if your models have seen this image and what their thoughts were. Ian groups 73 & 76   Posted: 10/05/2019 17:45:34
Hi Ian,
I am delighted with your comments so thank you ever so much.The lovely models are professionals, myself and 7 others paid for their time , money well spent it was too.
I sent the models some original images ,( they were both very positive with their thanks,) but not edited like my attempt here in this group.

  Posted: 10/06/2019 10:59:13
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
(Groups 73 & 76)
You should send them a copy of this finished work Susan, they would be your best friends for ever.   Posted: 10/14/2019 07:16:22
Thanks Ian.   Posted: 10/15/2019 14:40:42

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
I am astounded by this photo. Looking at it in the round, I was sure it was a photo of a painting. Now I am just breathless and in awe of what you accomplished!   Posted: 10/20/2019 15:21:28

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
You realized your prevision, and have created a "New Masters" piece of art. I especially like the overall colors, and the repetition of the hair colors and texture in the background. The pose is wonderful. I would not change a thing. CONGRATS!   Posted: 10/20/2019 15:22:44

Valerie Pohio   Valerie Pohio
Hi Susan
What can I say! A work of pure art in every which way! Fabulous.
Thank you for sharing your workflow.
Keep up the wonderful work!
  Posted: 10/20/2019 16:01:29

Many thanks to you all for your fabulous encouragement.   Posted: 10/21/2019 04:29:43

Marie Miller   Marie Miller
Wow, I really love this image! Gorgeous colors, love the textures and overall composition. I love how you chose/enhanced the texture colors to match the color in the hair of the ginger model. The expressions on the models were perfect for what you envisioned. I agree with Ian that it would be nice for the models to see what you've accomplished with the image.   Posted: 10/22/2019 22:42:38
Thank you Marie.
  Posted: 10/26/2019 18:01:53