One Step Closer

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    Taken for the Active Assignment Weekly! group. This week's assignment: Music to Your Ears

    Linkin Park: One Step Closer
    Don't worry, I am not about to break and I if I am one step closer to the edge then the edge is nevertheless still far away...
    However this song came to my mind when I was cutting ths edge to my hair. And so I thought I might as well use this together with my screaming face (which has somehow become a classic in the meantime...)

    What it took: In order to get the one step closer to the edge of good taste I used a combination of famous techniques here.
    In RAW I boosted the clarity to 100 % which already starts to emphasize the contrasts (of wrinkles especially) and desaturated the picture. This kind of processing is inspired by the famous Andrzej Dragan whose style might be the most copied of modern times (Just google "Dragan" and look for the picture results...).
    However the outcome was still not sufficient so I used a technique presented by here by Russell Brown (my favorite PS teacher. In this video he however presents a processing style from Calvin Hollywood, whom I also adore for his skills. So now you know it and I have done my task of cross referencing. Just take every style you like in a mixer, blend it and voilà.

    Maybe you dare the full size?
    See the previous pic to see how I got rid of the hair...

    Regina J., Muhannad alMalki, and 43 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. benjeev 59 months ago | reply

      The detail in this is just mad! A brilliantly creative shot, so fitting with the song too!

    2. sonnysawyer43 59 months ago | reply

      You are certainly a man that is getting very,very close to that edge.I suspect this is a real photo of you with none of the trickery you so often use.
      Just joined the group "Trickery, Trickery,Trickery"where I see you are a big contributer. I joined so I could follow your journey towards that cliff.

    3. Prozac74 59 months ago | reply

      "Real photo" is a very abstract term. But I did not add nor delete any pixel in this shot. The look only results from the application of adjustment layers, lots of adjustment layers...

    4. Benjamin Burkhart 59 months ago | reply

      Very nice, and that shot of you with the hedge cutter is actually hilarious!

    5. gfpeck 58 months ago | reply

      Nice teeth, also I think I saw this guy in the Mad Max movies.
      The links to the other folks are very informative.

    6. Arizona Hiker 58 months ago | reply

      Ahaha, very funny and yet disturbing. I like it....

    7. jetdy 58 months ago | reply

      Awesome Creation!
      The subject is so Basic and appropriately RAW, but the treatment very technical. Seems very you. Way to put it out there.

    8. Lo0Ly 58 months ago | reply


    9. - rickster - 58 months ago | reply

      this is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo great man

    10. vertebrates rule! [deleted] 58 months ago | reply


    11. Brian O'Mahony 58 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Extreme Expressions! ~ Plz Read group description, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    12. @PAkDocK / 58 months ago | reply

      Awesome, perfect, simple....wonderful!!!

    13. Rui Almeida. 58 months ago | reply

      congratulations for the explore

    14. amesmonkey 58 months ago | reply

      Incredible! Love this!

    15. WayneWho? 37 months ago | reply


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