Belinda Hudnall Keller  

Urban Oceans by Belinda Hudnall Keller

May 2021 - Urban Oceans

May 2021 - Belinda Hudnall Keller


About the Image(s)

This statue has been moved several times. I took this 2 years ago outside a restaurant in Bethesda, MD now closed permanently due to Covid. It's now inside the same restaurant at another location. Personally, the new prominent spot is much better (for photos) with no background distractions. There is no info about the artist to give credit.
It's an unusual mermaid, and I liked the wavy hair, soft patina on the bronze in morning light. Fencing, background distractions (see thumbnail) prevented any shot of the whole statue from any angle, so I chose the lighting angle.
I cropped, edited to blur the background, slightly increased saturation and removed a couple of flaws on the neck (and I left some). I had the idea of it 'swimming' up through the buildings. I used Mirror Lab's Nausea to curve buildings and Glory to create the idea of water. They are both presets and easily manipulated.

Panasonic G1, aperture setting, f/5.6, 1/200, ISO 100
Snapseed: crop, details tool for increased saturation, healing tool to remove flaws, vignette
Mirror Lab: nausea preset manipulated to curve buildings, glory preset manipulated for water effect

3 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
I live hardly more that walking distance from this outdoor location in downtown Bethesda, and I remember this statue well. I think you did a good job of making the statue "swim" through the abstracted pattern.   Posted: 05/05/2021 23:38:21

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
I remember that, Steve. I lived there for almost 30 years on Oldchester Rd. (at the park). Things have truly changed on my old road! Thank you for your kind comment!   Posted: 05/06/2021 09:08:50

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
I think you treatment made this far more interesting.   Posted: 05/07/2021 13:19:48


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