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Laid back lady

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 4 July 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

I attended a great event last Sunday in the Bents Park, South Shields organised by Hells Angels and other motorcyclists to raise money for "Support the Troops" and "Helping our Heroes", two charities dedicated to helping the families of servicemen in Afghanistan and elsewhere. I've written more about the event here.

Suffice to say, it threw up some great photo opportunities, so I'll be featuring more shots from this motor rally for the rest of this week, the difficult part will be deciding which pictures to leave out!

Didn't get the lady's name but she was a pleasure to meet and chat to, never stopped smiling!
Two layers in Photoshop, the top layer has a fair amount of gaussian blur applied, then a layer mask which was "painted" on with a black to foreground transparent gradient, the area around her head was "painted" out with a soft edged black brush.

That's the last from this event for now, so if I run out of material over the next few months, I know there are still plenty of good shots in this archive to display if necessary.

PENTAX K100D 1/500 second F/4.0 ISO 200 30 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

You have threated her and surroundings nicely

4 Jul 2010 5:30am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

i like what u did to the background

4 Jul 2010 6:36am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Your efforts are well worth it Curly !

4 Jul 2010 7:07am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

So skilful, to get the shot and then to process it so well.

4 Jul 2010 7:16am

iren from tehran, Iran

i like your back grand!great!

4 Jul 2010 8:09am

Patricia (✿◠‿◠)❤ from Brecht, Belgium

Wow this is very beautiful
I love the colors

4 Jul 2010 12:43pm

STEED from Somewhere, France

Careful C................. She's not alone.......................Oups !!!! Too late !!!!!!! Curious Shape,now,your camera....

4 Jul 2010 12:51pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, US from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Love the shot you got of her, but for once, not so crazy about the treatment.....oh well, different strokes for different folks, right????

4 Jul 2010 1:33pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Sweet lady. Love how in this culture women participate no matter what age.

4 Jul 2010 2:00pm

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Beautiful portrait well organized and attractive unquestionable.! She looks like a movie star ... I do not remember his name! Best regards, Adela

4 Jul 2010 2:07pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Great portrait--she's seems completely comfortable with herself and her surroundings.

4 Jul 2010 2:30pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Independence Day in America, Curly - thanks for the red-white -and blue! In seriousness - a reminder of our common ties in spirit, language, law, and the struggle to create a better world. Looking forward - with thanks!

4 Jul 2010 3:28pm

Barbara from Oakland, United States

This is so well done Curly, and very different from your usual HDR treatment. I like it a lot, and the way that you painted back in the focus on her face. She seems to be in a very blissful state here!

4 Jul 2010 3:44pm

Icy from Singapore, Singapore


4 Jul 2010 3:58pm

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

Cool effect!

4 Jul 2010 4:18pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Spain

Today is the day of motorcycle riding. This is a sympathetic and optimistic image.

4 Jul 2010 4:44pm

alex centrella from California, United States

great capture !

4 Jul 2010 6:02pm

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

I love the helmet!

4 Jul 2010 6:56pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

wow, no comment, splendid

4 Jul 2010 8:17pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Cool shot. I love her smile and horned helmet.

4 Jul 2010 9:22pm

Mohsen from Iran

Cute :)

4 Jul 2010 11:30pm

JOEMULLIGAN from burnsville, nc, United States

Love the horns on that helmet and the lacing on those pants. And the hazy background works nicely too. Love her smile. Great image!

5 Jul 2010 2:01am

Cheished Keepsake Photography from Chapmanville, United States

terrific shot

5 Jul 2010 4:20am


nice shot

5 Jul 2010 11:42am

Martin from North Platte, United States

Outstanding photo my friend, a Motor Cycle Mama, and a cute one at thet, and she seems very pleased with you taking her photo, well done!

5 Jul 2010 3:28pm

k@ from Paris, France

How did i miss this one ? SUPER !

5 Jul 2010 9:25pm

Wenche from Oslo, Norway

Lovely portrait! 8-)

7 Jul 2010 10:08am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

You pull this one off quite good ..tattoed and soft..nice

9 Jul 2010 5:41am

LauraS from Chico, United States

Treatment you used works so well here. Nicely shared.

9 Jul 2010 5:37pm

Sandy Weston from Madison, Maine, United States

The magical touch....nice and angelic!? ;)

9 Jul 2010 10:17pm

1/500 second
ISO 200
30 mm (35mm equiv.)