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The Red Umbrella
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The Red Umbrella
The Red Umbrella

Monthly Theme for September 2007--Beautiful Blur
As I was strolling along at a local Renaissance Festival yesterday, I noticed this Japanese Umbrella being held by a girl. I really loved the umbrella, but wasn't too sure about the entire scene. So, I took a shot of the umbrella and thought that I would try some different things on PS. With this, I did a radial blur and then a motion blur to the background. I then adjusted the colors of the umbrella until I got the red that I liked best. I had to do some dodging and burning of the letters and flowers on the umbrella to bring them out more. There were other smaller details that I did, too, like use the healing brush to paint in strokes for the background in places I thought needed it. See the before photo in the discussion for a comparison.

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  Before "The Red Umbrella"
Before "The Red Umbrella"
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Susan M. Hembree
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    This is the Before Photo of The Red Umbrella.

9/23/2007 11:49:53 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Very beautiful image, Susan!! wonderful work!!

9/24/2007 12:07:34 AM

 
Susie Peek-Swint
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Lovely image Sue ~ great ps work!

9/24/2007 12:15:59 AM

 
Pat Gamwell
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Superb PS work on this exquisite art piece, Susan! LOVE it!

9/24/2007 12:19:43 AM

 
William Johnson
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I see what you mean about PS work Susan. You have truly done a fantastic job in editing this image. Bill J.

9/24/2007 12:31:05 AM

 
Sue McLeod
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WOW!! Great image Susan! I love your PS work... terrific forsite in taking the shot in the first place. Congratulations!!!

9/24/2007 2:12:02 AM

 
Nilesh J. Bhange
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Excellent execution!! Nice work :)

9/24/2007 2:25:33 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Loved the result even before I saw the before--with the comparison, I can just say WOW. Beautiful job, Sue.

9/24/2007 3:31:57 AM

 
Joy Rector
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well done

9/24/2007 3:36:29 AM

 
Ray & Audrey Clarke
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Great work Susan, Well done!!!(R)

9/24/2007 3:40:06 AM

 
Rhonda Burger
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Nice PS Work Susan. I love the picture, the color is so vibrant. Rhonda

9/24/2007 4:12:16 AM

 
Amber Blewett
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Super work! One day I will be able to do that too!

9/24/2007 5:32:32 AM

 
Dr Silly
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WOW, you took a OK photo and turned it in to a piece of art. Beautiful. :O)

9/24/2007 5:39:40 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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What a transformation! Great work!

9/24/2007 5:41:50 AM

 
Joan Powell
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Excellent work !!

9/24/2007 9:06:44 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Thanks all for your kind responses!

9/24/2007 9:59:13 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Love this finalist, Sue. Congratulations and good luck.

10/24/2007 8:32:02 PM

 
Alex T. Mizuno
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Wow, what you did is a magic! Congratulations on this beautiful Finalist, Susan!!

10/24/2007 8:46:45 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Thanks, Nikki and Alex!

10/24/2007 8:51:37 PM

 
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Wow..love seeing the before and after. Great job, and this is really stunning! Congrats on your finalist!

10/24/2007 10:08:44 PM

 
Cesar J. La Rosa
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Big Congratulations on your BEAUTIFUL Finalist, Susan!!!
Cesar

10/24/2007 10:59:49 PM

 
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Congrats, Susan, on your finalist.

10/25/2007 12:01:50 AM

 
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Great DD work on your beautiful Finalist, Susan. Congratulations!

10/25/2007 2:48:27 AM

 
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Congrats (again) Susan!

10/25/2007 4:05:47 AM

 
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Love the post edition work!!! is amazing what you did after the original :) great finalist :)))

10/25/2007 9:05:59 AM

 
Dr Silly
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Congratulations on your finalist for this piece of art. :O)

10/25/2007 11:03:13 AM

 
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This is tremendous! Congratulations!

10/25/2007 12:29:46 PM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Great job with this Susan; congrats on your Finalist! Jeff

10/25/2007 5:54:28 PM

 
Susan Fox
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Congratulations Sue! Fantastic PS work!!!

10/25/2007 6:15:52 PM

 
John Caruso
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Congrats on your well deserved gold, Susan!

10/26/2007 2:15:32 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Congratulations, Susan--this is a wonderful winning photo. So glad to see gold on it.

10/26/2007 2:16:43 PM

 
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Congratulations Sue on your winner!!!

10/26/2007 2:44:26 PM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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Congratulations Susan!

10/26/2007 3:04:59 PM

 
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Beautiful!! Congratulations Susan..great winner!

10/26/2007 3:48:51 PM

 
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Congratulations on your gold, Susan!!

Bob

10/26/2007 4:09:03 PM

 
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Congratulations on your great Win, Susan!

10/26/2007 4:10:26 PM

 
Alex T. Mizuno
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BIG CONGRATULATIONS, Susan!!

10/26/2007 4:13:54 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Thank you all for your much appreciated comments!

10/26/2007 4:36:00 PM

 
Sam Britt
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Congratulations on this winner, Susan!

10/26/2007 4:48:55 PM

 
Susan Fox
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Congratulations Sue! A wonderful win!

10/26/2007 5:43:01 PM

 
Pat Gamwell
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WooHoo! WTG, girl! BIG CONGRATS on the GOLD!

10/26/2007 6:01:22 PM

 
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Huge Congratulations on this beautiful Winner, Susan!!

10/26/2007 6:37:24 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Thanks Sam, Susan, Pat, and SuSana for your appreciated comments!

10/26/2007 7:45:42 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Big congratulations on your very beautiful win, Susan!!

10/26/2007 8:46:01 PM

 
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Fabulous DD work with gorgeous outcome!
Congreatulations on this well-deserved win, Susan!
--Lisa

10/26/2007 9:21:38 PM

 
Lester A. Garcia
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Beautiful win Susan. CONGRATULATIONS!

10/26/2007 11:56:42 PM

 
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Congratulations on your GOLD medal win!

10/27/2007 3:11:25 AM

 
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Congratulations on this wonderfully worked winner, Susan!

10/27/2007 5:43:16 AM

 
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A well deserved Win Susan; congrats! Jeff

10/27/2007 5:44:55 AM

 
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Well deserved Winner, Susan! Excellent work. Big congratulations!

10/27/2007 5:45:56 AM

 
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The effects are beautiful!! Congrats (and thanks for sharing how you did it!!!)

10/27/2007 6:18:15 AM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Thanks so much Evy, Lisa, Lester, Les, Wally, Jeff, RC, and Janet. I always like to write how I did things, because if we can all learn, that is a great thing!

10/27/2007 11:12:58 AM

 
Susan T. Evans
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Congrats Susan, this is just awesome, WTG!!!!

10/27/2007 10:04:59 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Your work paid off! Congratulations on your win, Sue!

10/28/2007 8:17:53 AM

 

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Great work!! Congrats!

10/28/2007 1:58:17 PM

 
Ursula I. Abresch
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Many congratulations on your monthly win! I was looking at this image earlier (yesterday), just thinking, what a beautiful composition, and the colour is just right.

10/28/2007 6:32:32 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Thanks so much for your very appreciated comments Susan, Chris, Deborah, and Ursula!

10/28/2007 8:01:48 PM

 
Cesar J. La Rosa
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I'm so happy to see your beautiful photograph as a WINNER, Susan!!! A very well-deserved recognition!!! Congratulations!!!
Cesar

10/28/2007 8:28:46 PM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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Congratulations Susan on your Beautiful Gold Winner!!! Excellent work :0)

10/29/2007 3:36:04 PM

 
abdullah S. Al-zaid
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Congratulations Susan, very cool color :)

10/29/2007 11:54:04 PM

 
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And the Gold goes to this wonderful piece of art. Congratulations Susan. :O)

10/30/2007 1:42:54 PM

 
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Congratulations on your win! Creative and beautiful Susan!

10/30/2007 6:44:42 PM

 
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I want to thank you for taking the time to give a general discription of how you changed your photo. I don't know my way around the software and yet with your basics I could figure out how to do what I wanted to try.

I actually didn't know that my Elements 5.0 could do all that I've just tried with it. Thanks for taking the time to teach a novice without even knowing it. :)

Congatulations on this wonder piece of work!

11/2/2007 9:45:18 AM

 
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Sue, I absolutely love this shot! The color of the umbrella is wonderful. This is very creative and very well done. Congratulations.

11/8/2007 8:29:37 AM

 
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Susan, this is really nice. Congrats on the win, it's very well deserved. You did an excellent job with the effects.

11/13/2007 7:23:57 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Thanks so much Cesar, Datha, Abdulla, Doc, Donna, Sarah, Don, and Sherry! I really appreciate your very wonderful comments.

11/13/2007 7:49:25 PM

 
Judy Williams
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WOW - that's one of the most beautiful images I've ever seen!!

5/15/2008 5:07:38 PM

 
Candice  L. Carter
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Congrats......breathtaking and exquisite!

8/9/2008 7:56:06 AM

 
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This is amazing,Susan!Congratulations!!:-)

8/17/2008 4:15:40 AM

 
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