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This was shot in the lobby area of a hotel I was staying at. I noticed the two chairs by the entrance and that people often sat there to work. I took this shot of the two people who were engaged with their work one on the phone and the other on their computer (see original image below).

Post capture manipulation consisted firstly of cropping to a square format to get the composition I was looking for. The main work on the image was to clone out the plant in the top left of the image and the power socket on the wall, together with cloning to extend the wall to remove the light area on the right-hand side.

A texture layer of an old wall in a church I had photographed was added and a layer mask was used partially to remove the effect from the two people. A Hue/ Saturation layer was used to reduce the saturation and a series of Nik Viveza layers together with a Darken/ Lighten Centre layer were used to adjust the lighting to the way I wanted it. Finally the image was sharpened using a high/pass filter.

This image has had five international acceptances including the TAFKLUB International Digital Salon 2017 (South Africa), the 7th Cheltenham International Salon of Photography 2019 (England) and the 70th Midland Salon of International Photography 2019 (England)

Nikon D810, 85 mm Nikkor prime lens, ISO 1250, f/2.8, 1/250 sec.


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