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My cousin, Frank Aard (his stage name), was pulling costumes together for the Renfaire, last weekend and this coming one... and when I saw him in that hat.. . . well.. it had to be a photograph. I have given it extra color treatments for submission for a Photoworkshop(dot)com Weekly Assignment feature, called (sheesh, what's up with This pun!?) "Eye Photo".

Some of the color here was done via a custom Gradient Map adjustment layer in Photoshop CS4, augmented by selective masking of multiple adjustment layers.

Strobist Info: AlienBees 800 through Medium Softbox high front, Interfit in reflector from the floor, uplighting the backdrop, Vivitar 283 from high right, behind, for separation light on hat and shoulders (some spill on backdrop).


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Taken on March 28, 2009