Ocean Riders

Ocean riders

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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

I am not ashamed of admitting that I thoroughly enjoy taking pictures….

….and then photoshopping them.

The ability to photoshop pictures comes in real handy when the location of a subject is not conducive to taking pictures. It allows one to remove all sorts of distractions, like people photobombing your picture, or utility wires, or ugly skies, or…. or…. or….

It can be very difficult to get good pictures of public art because usually people are standing around staring at it, or children are playing on it, or…. or…. or…. Such was the case with a sculpture that I found in Imperial Beach titled “Ocean Riders.”

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Children were playing on the base of the sculpture, so I didn’t even bother putting that in my picture. The upper areas of the sculpture, though, were backdropped by buildings. The area where the sculpture was sited didn’t allow any good points from which to get good pictures, so this is all I got:

Ocean Riders

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Ocean Riders

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Those are what I consider snapshots. The buildings and palm trees make me want to tear my hair out. Since replacing backgrounds is my latest adventure in Photoshop, I thought those two pictures would make great first attempts, so off I went. It was much easier than I thought it would be and only took me about thirty minutes to get these two pictures:

Ocean Riders

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Ocean Riders

If I had not told you what I had done, you never would have guessed.

So, whaddaya think? And if anyone says they like the first two pictures, I’m going to unfollow you!………..lol

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15 thoughts on “Ocean riders

  1. kelihasablog

    I think having the ability to photoshop pictures is fabulous! I’m really dying to learn how to myself, but being blonde, I think I need to take a class. LOL 😀 I love your pictures….

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  2. laurie27wsmith

    Great pics Russel, the bottom two that is. I hate power lines in photos and have no compunction about editing them out. I’m learning that there’s more to photography than just taking pictures.

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  3. Gallivanta

    So which came first? The dolphins or the buildings? Surely if the buildings were there first, they should have thought about sight lines when they put in the statue? Or were the authorities just relying on photoshop to sort out the ‘uglies’?

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      The dolphins arrived in 1996 according to the plaque, well after the buildings. I don’t think anyone ever thinks about photographers when building stuff or placing stuff. People think we’re all out in the boondocks taking landscape and wildlife pictures. Ha!

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  4. Dean

    Currently learning how to use photoshop in college and I think its the best damn thing ever! Never would have known any different if you hadn’t shown the first photos.

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  5. Jenn

    They look fantastic, the plain blue background really makes them stand out. I love taking photos too and power/phone lines/stray people/stray animals and poorly placed public art pieces are the bane of my life.

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