October 17, 2011

james dean....


when i was in chicago a few weeks ago, i talked to some strangers outside our coffee shop.
 it's just what i do. all the time. no matter where i am. 
anyhow, they let me take their photos. they always do. they always say yes.


this guy was a james dean wannabe. 
i think he pulls it off quite well.




you can see that i couldn't stop playing with his photo. 
i wanted it to look old. aged. vintage.
anything from the past. days gone by. 


this is the original photo. 
i found his freckles and blemishes to be distracting, so i got rid of those immediately 
and then softened his face just a bit.



i had to age her photo too (obviously i was in a true vintage mood) 
and no matter what i did, her eyes that kept grabbing me. in a good way.


here's her original photo. i love that she's so midwest.
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anyhow. in case you wondered what i did for an hour last night, while we debated on what to eat for dinner. well this my friends is it. i know. control yourselves over how exciting my life is.
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28 comments:

  1. Still learning how to play with photoshop and really that is the point of it. What works and what doesn't. Really like all of these!

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  2. Her eyes are beautiful and I love what you did with her photo. James Dean definitely has the look. You are having fun.

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  3. Love seeing how you played with the images.

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  4. i agree, the vintage look brings out their personalities, somehow... love photos 3&4!

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  5. I love what you did with both photos; especially the cropping of the girl. That one decision completely changed the mood of the original because her eyes become the focal point. Great job!!

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  6. I love that vintage look on the photos. I like the way you're very sponaneous and friendly and talk to folks.

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  7. Ditto what Gail said about the girl's photo - what a difference! And I love the aging of the guy's photo. What a catch! I'd love to know what you used to process them!

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  8. I love the crop on the girl's photo, too..striking!

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  9. Looooooove vintage look.

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  10. I love the way your eyes see...and how you capture it all so perfectly! The touches to the photos...ah, love it all! And, your evening was still more exciting than mine!

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  11. Your vintage mood is totally suiting the photographs you took.
    I actually start all my posts by playing around with the photographs I am going to chose...Oh my,the exciting life of a blogger ;-)

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  12. love all the shots and everything you did with them; but I also love the ones sooc, too. you rock; and I love the essence of the young people you captured...but I must say it makes me somewhat sad to see someone so young with a cig.... sigh.... but they seem like good kids....

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  13. My next hurdle is to be able to walk up to strangers and ask if you can take their pic, with the ease at which you do. James Dean looked cool.

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  14. Yep, amazing eyes and I love James :o)

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  15. you amaze me ~ i'm in love the new stories you tell, not so excited about the originals, which makes me so happy that each of us can add or subtract in ways that tell beautiful new stories ♥

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  16. I love SOOC photos but sometimes a girl just has to play:) The processing on these made a huge difference! Absolutely love them! Do you have any favorite actions? I am just starting to learn about them.

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  17. her dimples are TO die for...LOL

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  18. you did a great job!

    these are fantastic images!

    amazing shots!

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  19. ...and her eyes are so beautiful...great photoshopping result; but they are beautiful anyway!

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  20. it's amazing what you can do now days with photos. you captured james dean. i really love how you cropped the girls pix, it really changed the whole feel. her smile and eyes are the focus. love it.

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  21. funny how clearing up the skin does wonders for a photo.
    and I'll try to control myself.
    But your blog is pretty exciting in comparison to some others.

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  22. love these photos and love that you are able to approach most anyone!

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  23. beautiful photos (as always beth) both captivating!

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  24. Beautiful effects Beth! I so wish I had you moxie to talk to people like you do! Enjoy out Blustery weather...:)

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  25. I'm sure that young man would have been happy with how you changed his photo...if only getting rid of blemishes was that easy!

    And you know, these would be great head shots for these 2 young people, something to frame and put on their walls.

    People saying no to you about photographs? I wouldn't think so -- you have such a way about you that people must jump at the opportunity! (I can't wait to see how good you make me look!!!!) ;)

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  26. I love playing with processing and enjoyed that you've showed us the many ways to interpret that first shot. My favorites are the 1st and 3rd. Love the crop on the girl's shot. And those blue eyes ~
    Working on photos sometimes soothes my soul. I believe you're the same way.

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  27. yes, he did pull it off well!

    i love your shot of him. i was pretty happy with how mine turned out, too... but like i said in my post, i give you props for making it happen!

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  28. Love how you play and play with the photos till you get them right. But which is right? Much to be said for them all!

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**I love reading the comments you leave, as they make me feel like we're sitting in my kitchen, having a cup of tea, discussing life and wondering where all the time has gone ...beth