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The Bartender



This was taken in San Francisco on our trip there in 2013. I really liked the variety of activity going on, with the bartender seeming to dominate the whole scene (See the original image below).

After cropping to a square format, I used the Photoshop Hue/Saturation and Brightness/Contrast filters to reduce the saturation and brighten up the image. Nik Glamour Glow then gave it a slight air of unreality and this was followed by the Detail Extractor and Dark Contrasts filters to give it the feeling I wanted. In all cases layer masks were used to stop the main characters in the centre of the image from being affected. Viveza, to change the lighting, and the Clone Tool, to remove minor distractions, were then used. Finally, the image was sharpened using the high pass filter.

This image has had 17 international acceptances including 153rd Edinburgh International Exhibition of Photography 2015 (Scotland), 122nd Toronto International Salon of Photography 2015 (Canada) and the 66th Midland Salon of International Photography 2015 (England). It has won awards at 4th South Devon Salon of International Photography 2015 (England) and the Bristol Salon of Photography 2016 England.

Nikon D800, 28 mm Nikkor prime lens, ISO 3200, f/1.8, 1/200 sec



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  • Christine Padmore - October 24, 2016 - 10:50 am

    I discovered your work in an old RPS mag given to me. I love your dark, atmospheric work. Textures to me can be so creative and give your photos just the right amount of drama, can I ask you 1) Do you use PS for your editing and do you print your own photos?
    Love the work.ReplyCancel

    • admin - November 26, 2016 - 6:46 am

      Thanks for your kind comments, Christine. I appreciate them very much. I use a combination of Photoshop and Nik filters to get the effects I want. Each image posted in the Selected International exhibition Images sections of the website has details of the filters used. I also print all my images – that way I can make sure that they are exactly as I want them.ReplyCancel

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