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The Couple

The Couple


This was taken on a San Francisco Bay ferry. I noticed ‘the couple’ through the window. Of course, they may not have been together at all but I thought it was interesting that, although they seemed to be together, they were each doing different things and not communicating with each other (see the original image below).

After cropping to a square format, I used Photoshop Transform to straighten everything up.  The Clone tool was then used to remove the label which was stuck to the window. A series of Nik Pro-Contrast, Cross Balance, Glamour Glow (with a layer mask being used to prevent the filter affecting the couple), and a further clone layer to remove reflections in the widow of people outside the cabin were used.

The texture is an image of an old wall in the Church which was the subject of my ARPS project. There is a diagonal crack in the wall which I positioned between the couple to emphasise the lack of communication. Further series of filters to adjust the lighting to the way I wanted it and a clone layer to remove minor distractions were followed by sharpening using the High Pass filter.

This image has had 15 International acceptances including 153rd Edinburgh International Exhibition of Photography 2015 (Scotland), 66th Midland Salon of International Photography 2015 (England) and the Sydney Harbour International 2015 (Australia). It won a PSA Gold Medal at 2015 Tallaght International Salon of Photographic Art (Ireland),  a NCFP Ribbon (Commended) at the 36th Northern Counties International Salon 2015 (England), an Honourable Mention at Yorkshire International Salon 2016 (England) and an Honourable Mention at the Malmo International Exhibition of Photography 2019

Nikon D800, 28 mm Nikkor prime lens, ISO 200, f/1.8, 1/5000 sec


The Couple Original

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