Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Boy's Dream -- Brooks Alberta Photographer

My son came up to me a few days ago and asked me to take a picture of him in his Halloween costume. This year he's going to be a ninja and he is excited to say the least. I have to admit I have a soft spot for ninjas my self so I'm a bit excited too.

Sometimes I wish I could just pull out my wife's point'n'shoot and snap a picture but I can't. I have to pull my gear out and have at it (especially when it's for my son).

Here is the original:

two flashes one on each side with DIY grids on them to restrict/focus the lights on the subject

Next I cleaned up the image a bit by getting rid of a few scratches on his face

Then I created a new layer and painted it with a scattered white brush at 100% opacity and 70% flow

After that I applied a Gaussian Blur at 190 pixel radius

I then lowered the opacity of the painted layer to 75%

Then I applied a layer mask to the painted layer and painted with a black scattered brush to reveal the layer underneath

To add a little extra themed punch I found on the Internet the word Ninja written in Japanese characters and added it to the image along with a boarder the same colour as the hilt of the sword

I ended up doing all the post processing after my son went to bed. When he woke up I showed my the image and he immediately asked if I could print off a few so he could show his teacher and friends at school.

Here is another from the shoot.

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