This was shot in an art gallery in Dublin. As I walked around a corner in the gallery, I saw the gallery attendant reflected in one of the works of art on the wall. It was a large square piece of bronze coloured hammered metal, which caused the reflection to be distorted. I couldn’t resist taking the shot and I thought it would be good if I could process it to make the attendant look as though he was part of the art itself.
After squaring everything up, I cropped it square to get the composition I wanted. Then I used Nik White Neutraliser and Remove Colour Cast filters to remove the bronze colouration on the reflection. This was followed by Glamour Glow to give the image a slightly ethereal feel and to lighten it up. Viveza was used to adjust the lighting in various parts of the image and a clone layer was used to remove small distractions.
The texture, which is a photograph of a wall in an old church in Bristol, was added in a new layer. Final adjustments were made using curves and a further Viveza layer. Then, the image was sharpened using the High Pass Filter.
This image has had 3 international acceptances including a Diploma at the 47e Challenge du Photo-Club Esch Salon Mondial, Luxembourg (2011)
Nikon D700, 70 – 300 mm Nikkor lens at 122 mm, ISO 1800, f/5.6, 1/160 sec