The Red Umbrella

© Susan M. Hembree

The Red Umbrella

Uploaded: September 23, 2007 23:39:49


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.

Exif: F Number: 4.5, Exposure Bias Value: -2/6, Exposure Time: 10/300, Flash: flash did not fire, ISO: 250, White Balance: manual white balance, Focal Length: 40mm, Camera Model: NIKON D80


Susan M. Hembree September 23, 2007

This is the Before Photo of The Red Umbrella. #745478

Evy Johansen level-classic September 24, 2007

Very beautiful image, Susan!! wonderful work!! #4835227

Susie Peek-Swint September 24, 2007

Lovely image Sue ~ great ps work! #4835273

Pat Gamwell September 24, 2007

Superb PS work on this exquisite art piece, Susan! LOVE it! #4835298

William Johnson September 24, 2007

I see what you mean about PS work Susan. You have truly done a fantastic job in editing this image. Bill J. #4835356

Sue McLeod September 24, 2007

WOW!! Great image Susan! I love your PS work... terrific forsite in taking the shot in the first place. Congratulations!!! #4835633

Nilesh J. Bhange September 24, 2007

Excellent execution!! Nice work :) #4835668

Nikki McDonald level-classic September 24, 2007

Loved the result even before I saw the before--with the comparison, I can just say WOW. Beautiful job, Sue. #4835878

Joy Rector September 24, 2007

well done #4835910

Ray Clarke September 24, 2007

Great work Susan, Well done!!!(R) #4835933

Rhonda Burger September 24, 2007

Nice PS Work Susan. I love the picture, the color is so vibrant. Rhonda #4836126

Amber Kennedy September 24, 2007

Super work! One day I will be able to do that too! #4836529

Dr Silly level-classic September 24, 2007

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

Chris Budny level-deluxe September 24, 2007

What a transformation! Great work! #4836562

Joan Powell September 24, 2007

Excellent work !! #4841391

Susan M. Hembree September 24, 2007

Thanks all for your kind responses! #4841465

Nikki McDonald level-classic October 24, 2007

Love this finalist, Sue. Congratulations and good luck. #4974560

Alex T. Mizuno October 24, 2007

Wow, what you did is a magic! Congratulations on this beautiful Finalist, Susan!! #4974797

Susan M. Hembree October 24, 2007

Thanks, Nikki and Alex! #4974863

Carol Teal October 24, 2007 seeing the before and after. Great job, and this is really stunning! Congrats on your finalist! #4975692

Cesar J. La Rosa October 24, 2007

Big Congratulations on your BEAUTIFUL Finalist, Susan!!!
Cesar #4975950

Sherry Karr Adkins level-deluxe October 25, 2007

Congrats, Susan, on your finalist. #4976148

Mike D. Perez level-deluxe October 25, 2007

Great DD work on your beautiful Finalist, Susan. Congratulations! #4976542

Katarina Mansson October 25, 2007

Congrats (again) Susan! #4976933

Daniella Puente October 25, 2007

Love the post edition work!!! is amazing what you did after the original :) great finalist :))) #4979438

Dr Silly level-classic October 25, 2007

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


Gail Vitikacs level-classic October 25, 2007

This is tremendous! Congratulations! #4980705

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe October 25, 2007

Great job with this Susan; congrats on your Finalist! Jeff #4982434

Susan Fox October 25, 2007

Congratulations Sue! Fantastic PS work!!! #4982563

John Caruso October 26, 2007

Congrats on your well deserved gold, Susan! #4986714

Nikki McDonald level-classic October 26, 2007

Congratulations, Susan--this is a wonderful winning photo. So glad to see gold on it. #4986723

Michelle L. Frick October 26, 2007

Congratulations Sue on your winner!!! #4986947

Karen Engelbreth October 26, 2007

Congratulations Susan!


Cyn Valentine October 26, 2007

Beautiful!! Congratulations Susan..great winner! #4987329

Bob Cournoyer level-classic October 26, 2007

Congratulations on your gold, Susan!!

Bob #4987433

Mike D. Perez level-deluxe October 26, 2007

Congratulations on your great Win, Susan! #4987441

Alex T. Mizuno October 26, 2007


Susan M. Hembree October 26, 2007

Thank you all for your much appreciated comments! #4987569

Sam Britt October 26, 2007

Congratulations on this winner, Susan! #4987616

Susan Fox October 26, 2007

Congratulations Sue! A wonderful win! #4987810

Pat Gamwell October 26, 2007

WooHoo! WTG, girl! BIG CONGRATS on the GOLD! #4987868

Su Sana E. P level-classic October 26, 2007

Huge Congratulations on this beautiful Winner, Susan!! #4988053

Susan M. Hembree October 26, 2007

Thanks Sam, Susan, Pat, and SuSana for your appreciated comments! #4988382

Evy Johansen level-classic October 26, 2007

Big congratulations on your very beautiful win, Susan!! #4988599

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic October 26, 2007

Fabulous DD work with gorgeous outcome!
Congreatulations on this well-deserved win, Susan!
--Lisa #4988680

Lester A. Garcia October 26, 2007

Beautiful win Susan. CONGRATULATIONS! #4988953

Les Rhoades level-classic October 27, 2007

Congratulations on your GOLD medal win! #4989254

Wally Orlowsky October 27, 2007

Congratulations on this wonderfully worked winner, Susan! #4989707

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe October 27, 2007

A well deserved Win Susan; congrats! Jeff #4989717

RC Fritz October 27, 2007

Well deserved Winner, Susan! Excellent work. Big congratulations! #4989718

Janet McNeil level-classic October 27, 2007

The effects are beautiful!! Congrats (and thanks for sharing how you did it!!!) #4989925

Susan M. Hembree October 27, 2007

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! #4991259

Susan T. Evans level-classic October 27, 2007

Congrats Susan, this is just awesome, WTG!!!! #4993035

Chris Budny level-deluxe October 28, 2007

Your work paid off! Congratulations on your win, Sue! #4994467

October 28, 2007

Great work!! Congrats! #4995591

Ursula I. Abresch October 28, 2007

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. #4996610

Susan M. Hembree October 28, 2007

Thanks so much for your very appreciated comments Susan, Chris, Deborah, and Ursula! #4996925

Cesar J. La Rosa October 28, 2007

I'm so happy to see your beautiful photograph as a WINNER, Susan!!! A very well-deserved recognition!!! Congratulations!!!
Cesar #4997014

Datha Y. Thompson October 29, 2007

Congratulations Susan on your Beautiful Gold Winner!!! Excellent work :0) #5000840

abdullah S. Al-zaid October 29, 2007

Congratulations Susan, very cool color :) #5002699

Dr Silly level-classic October 30, 2007

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

Donna La Mattino Pagakis October 30, 2007

Congratulations on your win! Creative and beautiful Susan! #5006950

Sarah G November 02, 2007

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! #5019473

Don Johnson level-deluxe November 08, 2007

Sue, I absolutely love this shot! The color of the umbrella is wonderful. This is very creative and very well done. Congratulations. #5045086

Sherry Karr Adkins level-deluxe November 13, 2007

Susan, this is really nice. Congrats on the win, it's very well deserved. You did an excellent job with the effects. #5070424

Susan M. Hembree November 13, 2007

Thanks so much Cesar, Datha, Abdulla, Doc, Donna, Sarah, Don, and Sherry! I really appreciate your very wonderful comments. #5070504

Judy Williams May 15, 2008

WOW - that's one of the most beautiful images I've ever seen!! #5928073

Candice L. Carter August 09, 2008

Congrats......breathtaking and exquisite! #6291336

Renata Gusciora August 17, 2008

This is amazing,Susan!Congratulations!!:-) #6323656

Susan M. Hembree May 28, 2016

Thanks so much, Judy, Candice, & Renata! I appreciate your comments! :)

Susan M. Hembree May 28, 2016

Thanks so much, Judy, Candice, & Renata! I appreciate your comments! :)

Susan M. Hembree May 28, 2016

Thanks so much, Judy, Candice, & Renata! I appreciate your comments! :)

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