David Terao  

Surreal Portrait by David Terao

May 2021 - Surreal Portrait

May 2021 - David Terao


About the Image(s)

This month, I’m trying my hand at creating surreal portraitures. This is an image of a cosplay model, Rachel. In Photoshop, I used the Liquify tool to manipulate Rachel’s face and body and enlarge her eyes. I also changed the color of her eyes to match the peacock turquoise blue and added a texture to the background. I tried not to go overboard with the post processing, but to go just to the point of surrealism. Shot with a Canon EOS R5 with EF 50mm f/1.2 lens using a light wand for lighting. Exposure was 1/160 sec @f/2.8 and ISO 800.

12 comments posted

Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
I don't what to say about this image other than photographically it is well done. The model's crown? My first reaction to this was that it is a bride's crown once popular, and maybe still used, in Swedish circles.   Posted: 05/02/2021 10:51:31
David Terao   David Terao
Thanks for the info about the Swedish bride's crown. I wasn't aware of it.   Posted: 05/04/2021 06:30:31

Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
Seems to be so much at play here--peacock feathers, model, red hair, necklace, blue background, crown, and more. Quite interesting; much to look at. What is a cosplay model?   Posted: 05/03/2021 09:00:08
David Terao   David Terao
Thanks, Don. A cosplay model dresses in a costume to play a fantasy role or to mimic a character from a movie, book or video game. It could be the reason many cosplay models don't mind having their natural features photoshopped. It adds to the fantasy. Surreal portraiture is a very narrow genre that many people don't appreciate. I can't say I like it either, and compared to others, my effort above is a very mild venture into surrealistic portraiture. But, I always enjoy learning something new and different in photography.   Posted: 05/03/2021 09:38:15

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
Wow! I am so impressed with all you are able to do with your post-processing in Photoshop. I think this is a marvelous image and would be a winner in competition. I like everything about it and do not have any suggestions for improvement. Excellent job!   Posted: 05/03/2021 20:53:28
David Terao   David Terao
Thank you, Cindy. I did submit this image to our camera club's monthly competition scheduled for tomorrow night. I'm curious to see what the judge says...and if she/he will even notice the bodily features were manipulated.   Posted: 05/04/2021 06:37:01
Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
So, how did you do in the competition?   Posted: 05/06/2021 09:32:36
David Terao   David Terao
Better than I ever would have expected.   Posted: 05/06/2021 09:41:51
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Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
A well-deserved first place! Congratulations!!!   Posted: 05/06/2021 09:58:08

Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
I have seen the surreal photography before and marveled at it. You have given us a glimpse into that genre. It is an amazing portrait and I am not surprised you have gotten first place. What interested me were the touches that you did to her face in PS liquify and changing the background to turquoise. The model's hair stands out in this photo and the color adds so much to the cool colors of the rest of the photo! Great job!   Posted: 05/09/2021 18:27:36
David Terao   David Terao
Thank you, Phyllis. Yes, the colors definitely make this photo. It took me a while to figure out how to "make" the photograph in post processing. I realized that cyan and red are complementary colors, and the peacock feathers (and even the model's tattoo) had a cyan color while the model's hair, dress and crown had red colors. So, I tried to match the background and the model's eyes to the cyan color.   Posted: 05/09/2021 19:28:19

Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
WOW, impressive! both on the finish image and Post proc what you did with it. learn so much, thanks   Posted: 05/11/2021 14:34:02


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