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Old Aug 15, 2008, 9:01 AM   #1
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Took this picture several years ago after a snow storm turned this statue into a dressed up 15th century courtesan. I love what the snow did, but I would like to isolate it from the background somehow. Picture below.
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Old Aug 15, 2008, 9:02 AM   #2
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Way too big. Sorry.
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Old Aug 15, 2008, 3:15 PM   #3
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Nice composition but a bit big for the forum.
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Old Aug 15, 2008, 4:26 PM   #4
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This should be better.
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Old Aug 16, 2008, 9:48 AM   #5
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I like the composition, too.

Just my opinion, but separating a subject from a background (in general) can be done in a couple of ways, one being to use a larger aperture so the background is out of focus. In this case, you can try to simulate the same thing in Photoshop by making a second layer, blurring it, then using a layer mask to block out what you don't want blurred.

The other thing I thought when looking at your picture is that the picture is underexposed, which is normal for snow pictures. Try adjusting the levels to make it lighter (and if your camera allows, to purposefully over-ride your light meter's recommendation and overexpose shots with lots of snow. I just read a suggestion of metering from the sky and locking that as your exposure - I really want to try that. I've always just always guessed at an appropriate +Ev setting).

Maybe someone else will have better ideas.
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I'll try the layer idea. Thanks.
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Lovely subject, the lady is adorned with fur like snow............musket.

I tried a very rough edit with blur andadjusting the exposure a little

I'm sure that with a little more attention to detail this could be improved more.
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Such an absorbingbeauty lies there wrapped in the snow...toodelicate to put in words!

Hope you don't mind my take in which I applied some 'radial blur' for the background.




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That is so, so good. That is exactly what I had in mind. Thank you.
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Old Aug 18, 2008, 7:24 AM   #10
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Nice capture. I would like it a bit better though if she didnt have the "snow hat", just the "snow blanket".
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