Aug 27

Rita and Bianca

by in People, Photography

I was  attempting to do a little street photography on Bourbon Street before the sun set, and the creatures of the night would come out and make their sweet music – to paraphrase a classic line from “Dracula”.

If you have been to New Orleans, you will know how hot and humid it can get, and at this point I was starting to be pretty dehydrated. A waitress, Rita, standing in a doorway recognized my condition and kindly offered me a glass of water. How considerate! In return, I took a quick street portrait of Rita and promised to process and upload it.

As I headed back to my motel I also ran into the little trickster, Bianca, who did not offer me anything for free, but asked me to also take her photo. And so I did, because her tricks were not that bad, and she played them in a charming way.

I think both photos are pretty good street portraits without any processing. They also provide me with a good opportunity to show you what you can achieve with the Portrait Professional software. It is easy to use – and it really comes in handy, as you can see below.

Besides the features of applying a “digital make-up”, removing skin blemishes etc. the software also has a feature to re-sculpt facial features. I use this feature with restraint and care, as I think a portrait should remain authentic. But a little enhancement does not harm – because a photo usually does not show a person’s charisma, so a little extra has to be added visually to make up for that. Can you recognize any of the re-sculpting? I do not exactly remember if and what I did in that respect…

By the way, according to Wikipedia a trickster is someone who “plays tricks or otherwise disobeys normal rules and conventional behavior.” ;-)

PS: If you girls are reading this and would like a high resolution copy of the portraits, drop me a line, and I will send them to you (by e-mail) free of charge and tricks…

Before: a neutral version of my street portrait of Rita.

 

After: the portrait has been processed in a number of ways in Portrait Professional, some manual retouching has taken place and the photo has been cropped slightly. What do you think?

 

Before: a neutral version of my street portrait of the little trickster.

 

After: the portrait has been processed in a number of ways in Portrait Professional, some manual retouching has taken place and the photo has been cropped slightly. Well, the little trickster is not the only one who can do tricks. What do you think?

 

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5 Responses to “Rita and Bianca”

  1. From RiaB:

    Hey this is Rita the girl in the top picture. Thank you for using my picture I love what you did to it. Hope to see you soon. Travel well my friend.

    Posted on September 4, 2011 at 01:07 #
    • From Erik Thrane:

      Hey Rita

      So glad to hear from you and that you like the picture. It was my pleasure taking and processing it. :-)

      I also used the photo of your silhouette in the new Orleans Post. I think it works out pretty well, too.

      Best regards
      Erik

      Posted on September 4, 2011 at 01:26 #
  2. From Jacob Klausen:

    Great photos, nice work!.

    Posted on September 4, 2011 at 03:58 #
  3. From Erik Thrane:

    Hey Jacob

    When the motives are good, it can hardly go wrong! ;-)

    Best regards
    Erik

    Posted on September 4, 2011 at 06:19 #
  4. From Lis:

    Hey Erik

    Herhjemme er der lagt op til tv-kiggeri på søndag, når vi rammer 10 årsdagen for 9-11.
    Det bliver lidt vildt for dig at være tæt på det amerikanske folk, som jo alle steder i landet vil være påvirket af mærkedagen.
    Utroligt at det er så længe siden, og underligt at alle tydeligt husker, hvad de foretog sig på det tidspunkt for 10 år siden.

    God weekend, jeg tager på Frederiksberg og ser Ørkenens Sønner.

    Vi tales og hilsen din kollega Lis

    Posted on September 9, 2011 at 06:49 #