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Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 4 December 2009 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Model: Machaon (2009)

Okay - time to come clean (so to speak)...

This was a fairly small two-person hot-tub. All the images so far have had suds blended into the back of the image in Photoshop. To get an idea of what that looked like 'before' in today's image - go to:

The image will open in another window - you may then toggle back and forth to compare 'before' and 'after' images.

The effect is clear. I believe the time spent in Photoshop greatly improved the impact of these images. It was a bit time consuming to get the blending just right - but I think you'll agree, it was time well spent.

[ notice ] - some nudity for the next few days.

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

cool shot, nice one

4 Dec 2009 6:31am

Luke Wiley from Spokane Washington, United States

Great "before" image.

4 Dec 2009 6:48am

dobbino from Cape Town, South Africa

Definitely agree that the time was well spent - the collection is excellent! And so is the Photoshop blending.

4 Dec 2009 12:44pm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

What a soapingly good series,great idea Stephen !!

4 Dec 2009 2:20pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Very well processed, Stephen, great textures!

4 Dec 2009 5:00pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

A ha..... and the answer to my wonderings is announced!! Unfortunately, I can't get to the link from here at work, but I will be checking this out tonite when I get home!!!! In this one, looks like the "ice" has broken, right close to Machaon...... where there is just water, without suds!! Great series Stephen......

4 Dec 2009 8:13pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Just checked out the other shot.....You have greatly improved upon it!! Nothing like software to assist the photographer!!! And I don't care what anyone says.......the final result is still art!!!

4 Dec 2009 10:54pm

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

I agree with Susan, software is just a tool used by a photographer to create and enhance their work or art. Beautiful work Stephen, very creative effect with the suds, really like it.

5 Dec 2009 2:34am

@John Maslowski: Thank you so much, John and here's hoping you might catch Monday's posting. It is not only the best from the series - it is one of my all-time favorite images.

jpdm from Pignans, France

great job stephen to create such a soft and cottoned atmosphere

6 Dec 2009 9:38am

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

this is a wonderfully unique series Stephen!! and in my opinion -- the 'secrets' behind the photograph don't matter unless the artist chooses to disclose them -- the final work in and of itself, and not necessarily the process or the processing has any relevance... bravo!!

7 Dec 2009 5:10pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

p.s. -- on account of your warning, i will have to look at the remainder of this series when i am home. ;)

7 Dec 2009 5:11pm