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Venice - II by George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)


Small (23.2" x 15.5")

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Venice, pure and simple.

I finally managed to rework an old favorite. One of the first shots I uploaded in RB, it’s also probably one of the most successful ones (454 views, 26 favorings).

Nevertheless, it was always bugging me that it was a very low resolution cropping from a rather poor Point & Shoot shot and couldn’t ever be printed even as a greeting card, so I had resorted to B&W to increase the contrast.

Recently, I came across a printed version of the original, and decided to go back to the drawing board… Even though I still consider myself a Photoshop newbie, I now know a few more tricks than I did two years ago, so I’ve now managed to recreate the original shot, much closer to what it should have been in the first place. I hope you like this version as much as the original :-)

[Konica Minolta S414, 28mm, f:8, 1/350, ISO-64; PP – Blended duplicate layers with selective (masked) High-Pass filter]



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My grandfather was a serious amateur photographer in the ’20s and ’30s, leaving me a legacy of stereoscopic pictures and equipment. The bug passed through the genes to my father and to me. I started taking pictures seriously when I was 11 and I spent most of my teenage years in and out of the darkroom. University, work and kids put photography on pause but my first digital camera in 2006 re-kindled my interest. RB has given me a vehicle for sharing my work and for learning so much.

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  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...almost 5 years ago

    Stunning work George.

  • Thanks Richard, glad you like it! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • photoloi
    photoloialmost 5 years ago

    Really fantastic!

  • Thank you very much my friend! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputalmost 5 years ago

    Great work George! this one is also a favorite of mine!

  • Hey!!! Good to see you back my friend, where have you been hiding? :-) Thank you for the favoring!

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawalmost 5 years ago


  • Thank you so much Anna :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Ursula Rodgers
    Ursula Rodgersalmost 5 years ago

    This is definitely one of my favourites of yours George! Absolutely love everything about this :)

  • I’m glad you like the colour version too. Thank you very much for favoring it :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • ronda chatelle
    ronda chatellealmost 5 years ago


  • Wonderful! Thank you very much Ronda, I appreciate it! :-))

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • KParapantaki
    KParapantakialmost 5 years ago

    Another very good piece of work.

  • Thanks, it’s just a rework :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 5 years ago

    Great work, looks good

  • Thank you very much my friend. The original was an avatar for the Light Up My Life group for a long time, so I know you would remember it :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Anaa
    Anaaalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic composition :)

  • Thank you kindly Ana :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • CLiPiCs
    CLiPiCsalmost 5 years ago

    no idea what the original looked like but this is fab George

    Love ‘N’ Laughter Kriss

  • Thanks mate. Well… you don’t want to see the actual original because it doesn’t look anything like this. But my original processed one is the B&W one in the description (click on it to see). But it was not done too well at the time and I wanted to keep the effect but retain the colour, and make it higher res so that it could be printed.

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

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