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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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    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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    • #3
      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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      • #4
        Originally posted by TwinbNJ
        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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        • #5
          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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          • #6
            Originally posted by jerry
            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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            • #7
              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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              • #8
                Originally posted by CJ Swartz
                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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                • #9
                  Just for fun

                  IR Filter and layer masks, that's all... And Motion blur, ya.
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                  • #10
                    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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                    • #11
                      I decided to try something a little different.

                      Tyeise
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                      • #12
                        Mosaic tiles.
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                        • #13
                          I like that mosaic angue, it would look well as a mural on my bathroom wall

                          Nicely done Tyeise, it looks as if it was printed on a piece of linen.

                          Thanks for your kind word Amanda. I really like your effort, it looks just like a color wash - how did you do that, it's what I was trying to do but failed.

                          Well done mikl, the black and white background makes the rider stand out.

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                          • #14
                            Very nice, everyone. CJ, that's a new look for me. I really like it.

                            This is new for me, also. I did this with my "3-way Leroy" sports action (still in development); then converted to black and white; then applied some charcoal and conte crayon filters.
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                            Last edited by Bill M; 04-21-2003, 04:03 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Bill -- I love this look for this image! The contrasts, and the highlighting on the roadway as well as the grasses in front of the flowers -- great enhancements -- it looks like you controlled where the filter effects should be placed. So this is a technique that you're still working on -- please tell us more when you can.
                              Last edited by CJ Swartz; 04-21-2003, 04:20 PM.

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