February 21, 2005
06: Lady In Red
I had hoped my trip to New Orleans would be good for taking photographs, and though I went though four rolls of film I only had a small amount of pictures I really liked. This one was my favourite, from wandering the streets in the French Quarter with Kerry on the Saturday afternoon. This woman, standing on a crate in the center of a street, was one of those human mannequin performers who spring to life when given a donation. I put a dollar in her hat, she blew some faerie sparkles on me, and I sat down in front of her to take this photo.
The picture didn't turn out so hot (top left) because of a number of variables, chief among them my plain-Jane point-and-click camera. I wanted to bring my nice camera but, it's Mardi Gras and I didn't want to be worrying about it.
With Photoshop, I was able to get a better result (top right) by making various corrections to the woman's costume and skin tones, the backdrop and the sky. I also saved an alternate black-and-white version (bottom left) and then went to town with this fantasy nighttime version (bottom right) with added high-contrast overlays and other effects.
Created by Jeope at 19:31