Weekly Photo Challenge: Colorful


Two years ago I was lucky to attend the Weston-super-Mare Carnival which you can read about here During the carnival I shot off a load of images of people taking part. The original background to this image was a part of a carnival float but it was just too distracting, so I cut him out and added him to a background of my own.

Does that dark background work?

To cut him out I used a great program called Topaz Re-Mask, post processing in Photoshop was basically blending the layers and adding a touch of NIK Glamour Glow, which helps with blending the two layers. As the area around his eyes was dark I also used a bit of the Photoshop Dodge tool just to highlite the eyes.

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37 comments

    • Mike Hardisty

      I think what helped to bring out the character was the low light. The carnival is on a winters night and the only light is from the thousands of light bulbs on the floats. It meant I could photograph without using flash…

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    • Mike Hardisty

      Thank you. On the night I took this photograph he was the only one who did not acknowledge me, Others smiled but he just sort of stared into empty space.

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    • Mike Hardisty

      The old background was very distracting and took away from that expressive face and colour of his outfit. I made the decision to mute the background by basically removing it and substituting something else.

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  1. Isabelle

    This background totally works ! Your subject is really in the center of the attention. That’s really a great colorfull photo ! Congratulation !!

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    • Mike Hardisty

      Probably came from the lighting, I could have spent ages in Photoshop correcting things but in the end I just changed the background because it was too busy….

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  4. Sheetal

    To me this pic is symbolic fpr irony. Colours usually mean happy, joyous!
    This man looks very pained somehow.
    But an awesome click!

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  5. 4otomo

    Hi! Great image! The background works completely with his sombre look, and then the contrast with the colour 🙂
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to leave a comment – appreciated 🙂

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