Last weekend it was carnival. Here in Holland the celebration is concentrated in the largely roman-catholic southern part of the country. Much people from the north go there to have a nice knees up and booze up.
Up here in the north in the multi cultural city of Rotterdam, the carnival is handled a little differently. It's put on hold until the temperatures rise again, ....and then there's the Summer Carnival which its strong tropical touch.
This shot was taken some years ago at the staging area where the groups prepared themselves for the big parade.
The more or less standard Photoshop work flow: I altered the saturation, contrast, curves and levels for the whole pic and some elements separately, using different layers, USM-ed, added a frame and resized and enhanced the edges and did a gentle USM (0,5px, 24%).
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Yiannis84 (2824) 2012-02-24 4:48
Very impressive image! You have capture nice the action of tah artist at work! i love the expression on her face and the contrast between the girl and the background..it must have been a great experiance! original capture! very well done.
CLODO (30597) 2012-02-24 4:55
Good work on the cropped POV and moment for the picture, and then post processing. It's a kind of flag: black, red, white for a new country.
Juzo (4349) 2012-02-24 5:13
This is quality stuff, you really have worked that G! so well. There is a sense of intimacy with the performers here, I really sense I am inside their moment. The red background really augments this well.
ciakgiak (30421) 2012-02-24 6:09
Meraviglioso, un doppio ritratto splendido, colori bellissimi, hai colto un momento molto interessante con un'eccellente tecnica.
GiovanniG (2658) 2012-02-24 6:37
A very wonderful photograph! It has beautiful colors and great clarity. The point of view and aspect ratio you selected is superb. The depth of field is great and it has good perspective. Thanks for sharing this beautiful capture with us. Bravo!!
A warm hello from,
Glint (6167) 2012-02-24 7:53
I really like this image. It has lots of impact. However, perhaps I would have simplified this further by cloning out the line details in the red bg top right.Very appealing.
Pentti (1451) 2012-02-24 9:00
great work with excellent processing
excellent colors and detail
very Well composed
(thanks also for your description of your work-flow)
chrisostomou (568) 2012-02-24 10:38
what a great portrait! i love the great sharpness it shows even better the expression of that beautiful girl…you can almost feel the procedure! also you ve got a great combination of colors..vivid red,white and dark brown….great photo…well done!
adores (37485) 2012-02-24 16:27
A very good portrait, with a perfect combination of colours!I really like the light here, and the red background. Well done!
jhm (139938) 2012-02-25 8:13
Carnaval is het uitgelezen moment voor eens te veranderen van gezicht.
Misschien zijn er mensen die het ganse jaar een carnaval gezicht hebben, deze beter mijden gedurende het jaar, alleen aanspreken op carnaval.
Schitterend foto Bert, met een perfecte kwaliteit en schepte.
Prettig weeekend, groeten uit Vlaanderen in volle zon (17.13 h) en 9.6°C
danos (87407) 2012-02-25 9:11
nice scenery with the backdrop red colours to makes the image unique.I like the excellent placement of the two faces in the frame,with the light and the colour management to are unique. Bravo.
Have a good weekend,Danos
annjackman (19897) 2012-02-26 0:06
This is super. I like the strong red BG and the red accents (the mask and the lips) on the two people. A very original composition that has been expertly taken. When I first looked at this my eyes had to adjust and work out who the arm belonged to.
Lots of visual impact - excellent!
Royaldevon (30145) 2012-02-26 1:35
This is most impressive.
The figures are pin sharp with all their details of expression, colours and textures quite lucid.
Set against the red b/g, they make a strong visual contrast.
Have a good day,
cavli (1876) 2012-02-26 2:37
wonderfull capture. very nice compositon. I like the background very much! well done!
sacimar (25975) 2012-02-26 8:21
this is a beautiful image, I like the colors, the picture has a strong visual effect, the red background is perfect here, you captured a nice moment,
Zengi001 (2583) 2012-02-28 3:00
Nice contrast in the people's faces. Very good use of colors, nice capture of the moment.
I like it a lot!
Greetings from Ankara,
notrap (5883) 2012-02-28 5:33
schwarz-weiß-rot wirkt immer elegant, und dieses Foto ist sher gut gelungen. Du bringst es fertig, Dich auf die wesentlichen Elemente zu konzentrieren - wenig Farben, große freie Fläche = großartige Wirkung.
Hanssie (10403) 2012-03-05 22:39
If you can touch the persons.....
And this red behind, so strong !
RhodieIke (11742) 2012-03-21 15:12
Hi Bert, Love this it's vibrant, humorous, yet coy, Great close up, pin-sharp,Well managed, Tfs, Cheers Iain.
papera (13952) 2012-04-03 14:06
I keep missing the Rotterdam carnival - for reasons unknown to me, I seem to be always on a business trip during the carnival weekend... which makes me envy you this photo even more :)
I think you did a great job in framing the two heads like this, the eye is led to focus on the mask and on the make-up, the red background is perfect not only from a chromatic angle (linking the red of both the mask and the woman's lips) but also as contrasty "curtain" against which the dark skin of the two models really pops out.
a great shot indeed.
korbee (6617) 2012-09-09 5:33
Een heel apart portret en tegelijkertijd een moment opname de flrode achtergrond had niet beter uit kunnen komen,past precies.
Mooie foto uit je oude trommel Bert ;=]
aliabazari (15799) 2012-09-26 19:36
U zult genieten van deze plaat. Duidelijkheid en een goede kleur.
Bedankt voor het registreren voor deze mooie foto.
Met vriendelijke groet,
sacavem (18610) 2012-09-28 12:51
The colors are brilliant with excellent clarity and sharpness.
Best Regards, and have a nice weekend,
- Copyright: Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) (13358)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-25
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix G1, Lumix G VARIO 45-200 f/3.5-5.6 OIS, SanDisk SDhc X3 8GB, Hoya HD Protector 52 mm
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1300 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Rotterdam People, Yearly Rotterdam Events, People in the frame. [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-02-24 4:22
- Favorites: 1 [view]