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This is the original image:
Misty made me laugh when I was setting up for this shot. I took a few shots of her antics just for fun but when I saw her in this pose, I was stunned by her thoughtfulness and peace. The more I look at it, the more it really draws me to it. Len’s nickname for Misty was “Mischievous One”! A very appropriate nickname, but, for once, she wasn’t being mischievous – she just sat there, looking out the window.
Does she know Len is gone? I don’t know, but what I do know is that she misses him a great deal.
Misty is looking out the window to the left of the shot and I love the way this has a somewhat spiritual feel. I think the light is what does this.
I was tempted to leave the image as it was, slight blurriness and a lack of fabric on the right but I decided to see what I could do. I found a recent copy of Photoshop Creative magazine (Issue 72). It has a good lot of tips in it and one of them was on Sharpening. I normally use Smart Sharpen but I’ve been told and read somewhere that I should use Unsharp – I don’t know why this is suggested, I’ve never seen a reason given for its preference.
After a bit of fiddling this is what I came up with. I don’t think I’ve over-sharpened it. I also copied a section of the fabric and pasted it over the right-hand side. I then used a black paintbrush to cover up a few small areas.
This is the final result and I admit, I’m proud of it.
Shot with a Pentax K100D, Sigma 18 – 50 mm lens.