Friday, July 2, 2010
Today’s image comes from our destination on our vacation of a couple weeks ago. The end of our outward travel was Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. For most of the shots taken there I was very aware of the crowds of tourists and avoided including people in today’s cloths as much as possible. The marchers in today’s image were in the middle of the street, with onlookers lining both sides. Including them couldn’t be helped. So, the first thing was to isolate the marchers from the general scene. This involved using the Quick Selection Tool (W) and the Refine Mask dialog to make a good mask.
Once the mask was made a Motion Blur (Filters/Blur/Motion Blur), set to zero degrees, was added to the copied Layer. Several levels of Blur were tried, form slight to extreme. The final choice was on the high side and resulted in, mainly, reds and blues, which complimented the uniforms of the men.
The final tweak was to desaturate the faces. A mask of only the faces was created and a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer applied. The Saturation was reduced, leaving just enough color in faces to throw the emphasis onto the uniforms. It goes back to the individual being less important than the whole.