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'SteamPunk' (in New Orleans)

Post by davechinn » Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:57 am

What is Steampunk? A question I often had to ask myself. http://www.ministryofpeculiaroccurrence ... steampunk/

This individual was on the streets of New Orleans along with another male individual dressed as a nun. I have chosen not to post the two together because the sign the nun was holding may not be appropriate to some. I suppose I could blur out the lettering and may do so later. Not sure what their purpose, other than smoking pot and attracting attention. I'm sure Minnie will remember this individual and may have some images of her own. If so, you're welcome to post them here Minnie.

When I started the post processing I wasn't sure exactly where I was going to go with it. He was dressed in a bright red colorful coat with some gold stripe linings across the front. So, I decided to really grunge him up and may have taken it too far, which brings me to that question. Have I gone too far, should I back off, or better yet, taken another route?
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Post by Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:23 pm

Digging this Dave. Would like to see the image with the nun and without editing the sign.
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Post by Psjunkie » Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:47 pm

Certainly not overdone for my taste Dave..well executed all the way around..perspective and composition are spot on. The treatment seems to fit the character to a tee.....from you description I'm now left wondering what the grunge color version would have looked like

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Post by davechinn » Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:55 pm

Thanks Ernst and Frank !!! Happy with the approval and not going overboard with grunge. As requested, here is the image of both subjects with the nun's sign in view along with color grunge up. This was a quick edit and I'm not a 100% in approval, but it may take some getting use to on my part.
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Post by Psjunkie » Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:58 pm

What a pair...thanks for the sneak peak

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Post by davechinn » Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:22 pm

Psjunkie wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:58 pm
What a pair...thanks for the sneak peak
Your welcome !!! Yes, they were a couple of strange brews. I'm not sure of their purpose. :headshot:
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Post by minniev » Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:50 pm

davechinn wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:57 am
What is Steampunk? A question I often had to ask myself. http://www.ministryofpeculiaroccurrence ... steampunk/

This individual was on the streets of New Orleans along with another male individual dressed as a nun. I have chosen not to post the two together because the sign the nun was holding may not be appropriate to some. I suppose I could blur out the lettering and may do so later. Not sure what their purpose, other than smoking pot and attracting attention. I'm sure Minnie will remember this individual and may have some images of her own. If so, you're welcome to post them here Minnie.

When I started the post processing I wasn't sure exactly where I was going to go with it. He was dressed in a bright red colorful coat with some gold stripe linings across the front. So, I decided to really grunge him up and may have taken it too far, which brings me to that question. Have I gone too far, should I back off, or better yet, taken another route?
You've done an excellent job of turning this individual into art. No you did not take the grunge too far, you've used the grunge to overcome the shortcomings of the photos, which were taken in way too bright/contrasty light against an uninteresting backdrop. I don't usually develop any dislike to the characters I meet in NOLA, but I didn't care for this one even before they brought out their sign, and I didn't get any good photos of him/them possibly for that reason. I may look back and see if I can add anything, but I remember finding nothing very redeeming about my captures. I think you did great by reducing him to the elements of steampunk and bypassing some of the other problems.
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Post by minniev » Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:52 pm

davechinn wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:55 pm
Thanks Ernst and Frank !!! Happy with the approval and not going overboard with grunge. As requested, here is the image of both subjects with the nun's sign in view along with color grunge up. This was a quick edit and I'm not a 100% in approval, but it may take some getting use to on my part.
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You've done justice to the pair, too. I didn't get as useful a pose as this, and most of mine had uninteresting strays wandering behind their trash can, if I remember correctly.
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Post by davechinn » Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:32 pm

minniev wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:50 pm
davechinn wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:57 am
What is Steampunk? A question I often had to ask myself. http://www.ministryofpeculiaroccurrence ... steampunk/

This individual was on the streets of New Orleans along with another male individual dressed as a nun. I have chosen not to post the two together because the sign the nun was holding may not be appropriate to some. I suppose I could blur out the lettering and may do so later. Not sure what their purpose, other than smoking pot and attracting attention. I'm sure Minnie will remember this individual and may have some images of her own. If so, you're welcome to post them here Minnie.

When I started the post processing I wasn't sure exactly where I was going to go with it. He was dressed in a bright red colorful coat with some gold stripe linings across the front. So, I decided to really grunge him up and may have taken it too far, which brings me to that question. Have I gone too far, should I back off, or better yet, taken another route?
You've done an excellent job of turning this individual into art. No you did not take the grunge too far, you've used the grunge to overcome the shortcomings of the photos, which were taken in way too bright/contrasty light against an uninteresting backdrop. I don't usually develop any dislike to the characters I meet in NOLA, but I didn't care for this one even before they brought out their sign, and I didn't get any good photos of him/them possibly for that reason. I may look back and see if I can add anything, but I remember finding nothing very redeeming about my captures. I think you did great by reducing him to the elements of steampunk and bypassing some of the other problems.

Thanks Minnie !!! I knew you weren't very fond of him, but wasn't sure by how much. He was a strange character and WAS rather creepy, so I'll have to agree with your sentiments. That may be why it has taken me so long to upload and process a forgotten image.
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Post by PietFrancke » Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:14 pm

I love the first, the only issue being the shot didn't display his burns to full potential. Like the light/dark play very much. The textures and sepia type feel of it bring a sense of timelessness to the image.

As for that nun shot, perhaps over-grunge, but what the heck else could you really do. That image Does have a sense of street power to it and it brings out many conflicting emotions include repulsion and a touch of fear even. Hard not to look - I would even go so far as to call it non-sexual pornography and that isn't because of the sign - just keep staring and hope I can heal and not come back for another look. I think if Larry Flynt is still alive, he might pay you big bucks for it.

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