<<< o >>>Blackpool Pride 2008 #5 10 comments + add yours

As I mentioned at the weekend, my next tutorial is a follow-up to my first LAB Color mode tutorial. As such I've been using LAB Color mode to process a number of my recent shots. What I didn't realise though, until after I'd finished this image, was that I'd used a very similar approach to the processing I applied to the original snow queen image.

If you're interested, I've posted a colour-neutral version of this one here:


focal length
shutter speed
shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
image quality
RAW converter
1.12pm on 17/5/08
Canon 1Ds Mark II
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
aperture priority
580EX II (-2/3 FEC)
C1 Pro
1x1 + people [portraiture] + no print
comment by portraetfotografi at 08:31 PM (GMT) on 21 May, 2008

Nice colours gives a fine feeling

comment by Bill at 09:46 PM (GMT) on 21 May, 2008

I checked out the original image, thank you for sharing and then went back to see the Snow Queen image. I can see the similar post processing in both images; but the Snow Queen is the enchanting image. Some how the image shows the makeup, heavy like paint and Snow Queen soft skin.

Also Congratulation David. I recently saw on PPSOP website saw you are the instructor for a course on HDR. I have taken a Bryan Peterson online course and have all his books. BP is great mentor to learn photography from. Let us know if and when you publish your first HDR book. You already have the “wow” photos for a book. :)

comment by jkm at 10:22 PM (GMT) on 21 May, 2008

So far my least favourite of the Pride shots. I am with Bill on this one with regards to the make up feeling heavy. Not quite sure about the expression on his face either.

comment by miklos at 03:13 AM (GMT) on 22 May, 2008

i guess he ran out of makeup to cover the stubble on his face and didn't have enough to get to his neck...

ps: our world is a messed up place.

comment by cy at 11:20 AM (GMT) on 22 May, 2008

such lovely eyes to have such a lost expression.

i am not sure about the composition here. i might have tried closing in on jsut the eye or perhaps a montage of related images. i am not sure but i think the flash may have washed it out.

comment by djn1 at 11:25 AM (GMT) on 22 May, 2008

Bill: I meant that this one has the same look as the Snow Queen image, not the same feel. As for PPSOP - thanks - and we may well bring out a book at some point if we can find a publisher who's interested :-)

jkm: I'm not sure about his expression either, but that's one of the reasons I like this one.

miklos: mixed up? It's certainly more ambiguous than it used to be, but I don't think that's a bad thing.

eve: no the flash didn't wash it out, that's the way I chose to process it. I take you point though - I probably could have toned it down a bit.

comment by Caroline at 01:26 PM (GMT) on 22 May, 2008

I think this is fantastic and I would think the subject would be really pleased with this shot, heavy make-up or not. The ambiguity of the expression draws you in and the post processing only enhances that. The softer "snow queen" look helps to create a true portrait, which is to convey not what a person looks like but something about them or their mood, which is lost in the harsh tones of the original... I have seen a lot of "wow" portraits on the site but this is more special

comment by djn1 at 06:41 PM (GMT) on 22 May, 2008

Thanks Caroline :-)

comment by Claus at 07:44 PM (GMT) on 24 May, 2008

I think her makeup is a bit over done!

comment by Scarlett at 06:05 AM (GMT) on 6 June, 2008

Hello.I'm the Person in the Picture.Thankyou for taking the time to look at my Image.I think some comments are slightly harsh considering I was at the Blackpool Pride as a Drag Artist.Thanks anyway Guys xx