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Play Guitar Editor's Pick   Play Guitar
Play Guitar
Taken at an outdoor festival with a Nikkor 80-200mm, 1/160 sec at F6.3.

Increased contrast and saturation by merging several layers with different curve adjustments in different merge modes, erasing all but the best tonal areas of each layer (for instance the hands from one layer over another). Warmed up the color using Vivid Details Test Strip and AutoFX Mystical TTC. Then applied an Alchemy filter in Corel Photo-paint modifying brush shape, size, angle and opacity settings until I created a painterly look that still retained detail and lent a sense of movement to the image.
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Heather K. McFarland
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    Here is the original image for comparison to the final version.

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3/11/2006 11:43:32 AM

Joannie Bertucci
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/17/2003
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Dudette, this rocks! It looks like a lot of hard work but so well worth the effort!
Wonderful creativity Heather!

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3/11/2006 3:29:59 PM

Sue L. Cullumber
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2004

Heather, Very cool - great colors and effect!

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3/11/2006 3:32:39 PM

Armando -. Arturo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/19/2004

Ahh...ok. did'nt understand a word of your explanation,all I know is this is awsome and your are one increadbly talented artist. your galery is amazing and shows your talent with every photo, wonderful work heather.

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3/11/2006 3:37:17 PM

Janine Russell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/22/2005
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Heather, excellent colors, detail and effects.

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3/11/2006 10:34:27 PM

Daniel M. Bendjy
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/2/2005

Some inspiring stuff, thank you!

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3/16/2006 7:54:00 PM

ronda chatelle
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/29/2004
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STUNNING-Creative and Inspirational Heather! I absolutly LOVE the way you interpreted the emotion and essence of "Play Guitar"...

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3/16/2006 10:04:20 PM

Pat Gamwell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/14/2005

Amazing transformation, Heather! You are truly gifted. I appreciate the time & effort it takes to create such a fabulous masterpiece!

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3/17/2006 1:35:37 PM

Frances Saunders
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/5/2005

Wonderful sense of movement, Heather. Really complements the subject.

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3/18/2006 1:20:11 AM

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