This a rework of an old image from 2008 . Just playing with Lightroom and Photoshop CS4, trying to give it a new mood.

I had made this shot for my son’s and his friends short-lived T-shirt business.

It was staged of course, and my son Jonathan was not really doing what it looks like he was doing… He was only squirting water from a plastic bottle onto the wall with his right hand, while his left hand was showing the viewer a 16-year-old teenager’s rebelliousness (his own initiative). Reiver in their business name meant rebel to them, and Phenix stood for eternal, like eternally rebel. The goal was to create a provoking image.

Below is my original, unprocessed shot, made with my Nikon D60 and AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G VR.

Featured in the group ♂♥♥QUORN♥♥♀ on May 29, 2010

Chosen as Pick of the week in the group Before and After on May 29, 2010


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  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    Rebellious is right, Johanne! What a great work!

  • Thank you Mike! Glad that you like it! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Squealia
    Squealiaover 4 years ago

    LOL I like this alot! Works better in B&W. Shame they gave up on the tees

  • Thank you Celia! Well, there was some kind of disagreement on management issues. Plus, the other guy had spent all the profits from the sales, and it took him about 6-8 months to pay Jonathan back. Joe preferred to step away from it and not risk what little money he had earned from his part-time job at the gas station (at the time) instead of investing it in a badly managed risky venture.. It’s really a shame because the second design was even better than the first one…

    – Johanne Brunet

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 4 years ago

    This is one of my favourites of yours Johanne :) I LOVE the rework you have done….it just adds to the pure attitude of this image. This ROCKS :D

  • Thank you Shelly! I’m having a lot of fun with Lightroom presets. I really easy to give the RAW file a mood then finish the job in Photoshop. Thanks for the fav too, my friend!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • gothicolors
    gothicolorsover 4 years ago

    Very cool!

  • Thank you! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtover 4 years ago

    excellent rework! the mono treatment and vignetting gives the shot a much sharper edge

  • Thank you so much for your great comment, Carol!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Ursula Rodgers
    Ursula Rodgersover 4 years ago

    Very naughty indeed! :) I remember this one of yours Jo, and I love what you’ve done with it. The darker tones suit this so well!

  • Thank you Ursula! It was fun to do too!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    Before and After – Our Special Guest’s “Pick of the Week.”

    Yvonne Less chose your work as her “Pick of the Week”!

    Yvonne’s comments:

    “I like the treatment from a boring orange one to a glowing black and white. It’s provocative and powerful!”

    Congratulations, Johanne!

  • Wow! Thank you so much for this great honour, it simply made my day, and I truly appreciate it!!! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Susana Weber
    Susana Weberover 4 years ago

    Congratulations, Johanne, on your “Pick of the Week” selection by Yvonne. Wonderful mood changing image treatment! Love it!

  • Thank you very much for your kind comment! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinover 4 years ago

    WOWZA – that is some fantastic treatment – COMPLETELY transformed the image!
    Reiver Phenix …. as in River Phoenix ?

  • Thank you Vik, LOL! Not exactly River Phoenix. It’s more like the "Scottish Border Reivers ": (his grandpa came from the Scottish border, and the Milburns do appear on the list of known reiving families). It is the rebellious aspect of the reiving profession that appealed to them.

    The Phenix represents the fabulous bird creature, with a French spelling, to highlight the dual aspect of their cultures (a name that is both French and English) and the close to immortal quality of the phoenix.

    Eternally rebel is the hidden meaning.

    – Johanne Brunet

  • cammiecakes
    cammiecakesover 4 years ago

    Awesome awesome awesome

  • Thank you! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

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