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What is it they say?

I think what They say is "never work with animals or children". Well never mind that, They also say something about being booted out of the magic circle if you give away your tricks. Since I'm not a member, I thought I'd put these up in a spirit of teaching / learning / demystifying / giving the game away and yada. What you see at the top is a RAW file converted without any post-processing at all to a JPEG. In other words, a picture pretty much straight out of the camera. Below is the image that is being used on the King's Head Theatre website to advertise what promises to be (and I'm not making this up - it really will be) a very entertaining show for children (of all ages, as They also say). So, what magic has been wrought? Well, there's the setting up of the picture (front room, cooperative neighbour and child - many thanks!), the sorting of camera settings, the backdrop, the explaining (though not too much explaining) of the idea behind the picture, the engaging with the subject, the clicking away and the moving on to post-production. Then there are the exposure changes, the sharpening, possibly a bit of Portrait Professional, some downloaded brushes, some colour changes, straightening, vignetting, superimposition of writing, experimentation with different fonts and colours for same, cropping and cloning and levels adjustments. There's iteration after iteration, experimentation with tones and black and white and other pictures and brushing off of stars and starting again and eventually, after all this, the pleasure of looking at a poster that is pleasing to the eye and will hopefully help the show towards totally selling out...
This post, by the way, is in lieu of finishing off a CD of pictures - the Canon Pixma iP4200 that I love so much isn't working (wow, bears + woods / Pope = Catholic etc), added to which the man in Rymans turns out may have been learning disabled and I am unable to (a) go and have a chat with him; and (b) sort out a replacement for all the useless things he sold me on the understanding that they were, explicitly, exactly what I needed. They weren't.


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Waltercio Caldas

Portrait taken at Cecilia Brunson Project, Bermondsey.

From Wikipedia:

Waltércio Caldas Júnior (born 6 November 1946), also known as Waltércio Caldas, is a Brazilian sculptor, designer, and graphic artist. Caldas is best known as part of Brazil's Neo-Concretism movement as well as for his eclectic choices in materials.