El Dave Photography

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"Blow the door" (0)

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If you follow my Flickr stream you may have noticed a lack of toy photos over the last week or so. Sure I posted every day, but sometimes you just need to change things up a little bit. Keep things fresh. Help exercise different creative muscles. Etc.

I'm not entirely sure where the idea came from, but while I was processing the shot, I decided I wanted to try and create a "keyhole" effect. I was picturing the Mega City perp peeking out of his secret peep hole just as Judge Dredd gives the order to blow the door down. In order to do that, I would need some sort of distortion/discoloration on the edge(s) of the image. Clicking on my trusty Lens Distortion tool, I was able to create a quick vignette, then set it to Color Burn for the far more impressive distortion than simply setting it to Multiply. Another way to get that border would have been to use a TTV effect, but I like the more organic feel this way has.

Now I just need to repaint those yellow shoulderpads and Judge's Badge. Where's my gold paint?

He is Judge, Jury, and EXIF:

Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
Exposure: 0.25 sec (1/4)
Aperture: f/2.5
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 1/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Orientation: Horizontal (normal)
X-Resolution: 72 dpi
Y-Resolution: 72 dpi
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Date and Time: 2008:04:03 20:56:47
YCbCr Positioning: Co-Sited
Exposure Program: Normal
Date and Time (Original): 2008:04:03 20:43:37
Date and Time (Digitized): 2008:04:03 20:43:37
Shutter Speed: 131072/65536
Metering Mode: Pattern
Color Space: sRGB
Focal Plane X-Resolution: 4433.295 dpi
Focal Plane Y-Resolution: 4453.608 dpi
White Balance: Manual
Compression: JPEG
Image Width: 3888 pixels
Image Height: 2592 pixels

Be good,

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