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Bad Transmission by Andrew Paranavitana

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This is the final photo Dean chose (below) as his promo shot. I love the shot, my only issue with it was that it’s slightly blurred. I was able to sharpen it marginally, but it cannot be enlarged without losing overall quality. I also didn’t appreciate the light flare running across Deans shoulders and chest. This isn’t a problem for Dean, the light added a grungier feel to the shot and he is using the pic small so it will appear roughly same size as below on his site.

Meanwhile, I have been busy trying to work out how to use this photo to create something different. I was in no way satisfied with a slightly blurred image, and it was not coming to the redbubble party looking as is!

I don’t think there is a need to choose between the two, I just wanted to show you the original and the edited versions, to give the project more depth.

So I added noise, a linear transmission filter and utilised a materialiser from KPT.

This is the end product. Consider it the sequel to Hostage Plea, another chapter of underground illegal electronic communication. The possibilities for a story here are many: held for ransom, bargain plea, secret communication. You guys can decide.

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dark, distortion, man, movie, noise, parmi, television, texture, tv, white

Andrew is a Melbourne born, independent photographic artist who has exhibited and sold works globally.

Recreating the world as we forgot it..

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  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellover 5 years ago

    I don’t think blur is a problem, it sits here wonderfully, love this image, great!

  • Thanks so much Svetlana! Glad you like the end result :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Ann  Palframan
    Ann Palframanover 5 years ago

    You are so good at creative post-production, Andrew:))

  • Thank you so much Ann!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Helen Corr
    Helen Corrover 5 years ago

    they are both such differnet shots – it’s hard to choose which I prefer – I can see why Dean chose hte one he did – it has a soft ethereal feel to it and the light around his shoulders is like a portal into the mystery … the top one gives him youth and movement and for some reason he looks more vulnerable (don’t ask me why – just a feeling I think) the top image also has a stronger focus on Dean, but his choice gives him more context … as I said, I can’t decide – so, Both are v good!!!

  • Thanks a lot Helen! I was hoping to give 2 completely different moods and choices here. I agree with the top one giving vulnerability, it made me feel like a prisoner of war on video from a dark place. I love Dean’s choice of pic, I think it represents him really well, and as a small shot it’s perfect. Thanks for the awesome comment Helen, I really appreciate the analysis of both works :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • LorenaLo
    LorenaLoover 5 years ago

    Ouchh!!! UR so good!! it’s so hard to choose which I prefer… i think both

  • Thanks so much Lorena! It’s impossible for me to choose too, each one is special to me for different reasons :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago

    cheers great work,

  • Thanks a lot mate

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago

    i think this looks great blur i do like ,

  • Thanks a lot Scott, appreciate the fav mate!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

    great work

  • Cheers Kathy!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroover 5 years ago

    Bad transmission, is an excellent title.
    It’s exactly what it looks like. The picture distortion works really well here…..I hope Dean like this one…’s really funky…..looks like a bill board or a UTube image…. congratulations to you both.

  • Despite the fact that I have distorted the guys head, hes still likes it! His exact words were ’it’s pretty crazy’ :) Dean will use the smaller original version for his profile, while i went to town on it for my own use! Thanks Maria, support is always so encouraging!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • fruitcake
    fruitcakeover 5 years ago

    thats sooo good
    its like the telly goning to switch off

  • Thanks a lot fruitcake, really pleased you like it!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • woof
    woofover 5 years ago

    great capture!!!

  • Thanks a lot mate! Cheers for the fav :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

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