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Circuit of the Dales

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Old 04-20-2003, 07:14 AM
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Circuit of the Dales

Here is a picture that combines my two main interests in photography, cycle racing and landscapes. The race takes place each Spring in a moorland area about 30 miles north of where I live in the UK.
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Old 04-20-2003, 07:16 AM
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Here is my attempt at a watercolor sketch. To make the sketch I did the following.

Duplicate the original layer (called it mono)
Desaturate the mono layer
Duplicate the mono layer
Invert the mono copy layer
Set the Blend Mode on the mono copy layer to Color Dodge
Use Filter Gaussian Blur on the mono copy layer to taste (I used 12.5)
Make a blank layer
Holding down the Alt key go to Layer>Merge Layers
Delete the mono and mono copy layers (they're now redundant)
On the Merged layer set the Opacity to 60% to bring up some colour
On the original layer increase Saturation to taste
Use Gaussian Blur on the original layer to about the same setting as used on the mono copy layer (I used 12.5)
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Old 04-20-2003, 10:12 AM
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Your watercolor came out very well.

Separtated the bike and added motion blur. took the back ground and made it into a drawing, only added color to the flowers.
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Old 04-20-2003, 10:23 AM
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Your watercolor came out very well.

Separtated the bike and added motion blur. took the back ground and made it into a drawing, only added color to the flowers.
Nice one Jill, this reminds me of the times this race has been dogged by severe snowstorms and riders have been reduced to walking on the steeper slopes.
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Old 04-20-2003, 10:39 AM
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Mal..This is a interesting picture to work with..I like your watercolor very much.

Jill..Nice painting/sketch combination..Your use of the action lines is very effective..Good job..

I got rid of the car so all attention could be given to the rider..This is a colorized sketch using Dave's sketch action with color overlay and ezframe action..

Jerry
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Old 04-20-2003, 11:40 AM
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Mal..I got rid of the car so all attention could be given to the rider..This is a colorized sketch using Dave's sketch action with color overlay and ezframe action..

Jerry
I'd wondered how it might look without the car so thanks for doing it for me Jerry Your rendition of the road makes it look the way it used to before they laid the tarmac surface - a real backwoods road.
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Old 04-20-2003, 01:00 PM
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Mal, I really like this photo -- you captured the cyclist and the flowers together in a very pleasing fashion.

I used Color Range a couple of times to just catch certain aspects of the image, and then copied them to their own layer, eliminated the original layer and substituted a color layer for a background.

Each time you do this, it'll come out a bit different -- lots of possibilities!
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Old 04-20-2003, 01:44 PM
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Mal, I really like this photo -- you captured the cyclist and the flowers together in a very pleasing fashion.

I used Color Range a couple of times to just catch certain aspects of the image, and then copied them to their own layer, eliminated the original layer and substituted a color layer for a background.

Each time you do this, it'll come out a bit different -- lots of possibilities!
Thanks CJ, I lay in the bed of daffodils for quite a while trying to get an "arty" shot, and fortunately this cyclist came along whose skinsuit and armwarmers matched the grass and the flowers quite well.

Your rendition looks quite dreamlike, almost spooky
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Old 04-20-2003, 02:45 PM
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Just for fun

IR Filter and layer masks, that's all... And Motion blur, ya.
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Old 04-20-2003, 04:13 PM
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Mal, welcome to retouch pro! Thanks for starting us off with such a great photo to play with. You'll fit right in around here!

Very nice, soft touch with the watercolor. I like it!

Jill--very inventive! I like it a whole lot. Where's Jean these days?

Jerry--Once again, you are I are thinking the same thoughts. Sometimes I feel like I'm working with only half a brain; now I know why. Jerry's got it the rest of the time!!

CJ--Great to see a pic from you! I always enjoy your versions. This feels like a ghost cyclist...very nice!

Here's mine. I was going for a soft sort of abstract water color.
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