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This is a pseudo-HDR that I made out of a pic that I took a year ago with my old Kodak Z740 point-and-shoot at a park nearby. I wanted to give the picture kind of a hyper- colorful dreamy feel.

The kids were in the park fussing with the ice cream vendor. One kid was kicking the vendor's cart .(I'll let you guess which one.).
They wanted me to shoot a photo of them and I did.

I think the two on the left are siblings. The boy always says 'nice dreds!' to me when he sees me walking, and has told me his father wears them too.




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:icon4rainynite:
4RAINYNITE Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Student Artist
Great photo.
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LoraM Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
Wow, interesting technique. Well done!
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2xrayzerase Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008
great--and i love the story-and the title made me laugh in a friendly way.
you have so much talent-you know?
you have keys to your world and beyond-and a world upon worlds who follow
your voice hangs loose and allows us all in
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digitalwiz Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007
this very sweet... a pseudo-HDR:confused:
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:icondirty:
dirty Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
so how do u do a pseudo-HDR?
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:iconbittergrapes:
BitterGrapes Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
A true HDR would be a combo of several pictures taken of the same subject- all identical, except that some are underexposed and some overexposed. I did this one from one picture file with multiple exposures made after the fact, on the computer.
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dirty Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
ok i was kinda thinking that lol, just wanted to make sure
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ApplesCarrotsnGrain Featured By Owner May 31, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Great shot! I love how you tweaked this. It really gives the extra impression of the ultimate in happy summer days: hanging out with best friends and enjoying a great popsicle on a hot day. Perfecto!

And my guess is that the girl in the middle was the one kicking the cart. She looks like a mischievous little imp. :D
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BitterGrapes Featured By Owner May 31, 2007  Professional General Artist
Finally! Someone ventured a guess! :lol: Actually, it's the one on the right with the doll. That child is a little hellraiser. :laughing:
The one with the popsicle was rather sweet. Actually all 3 were.

Thank you, AC&G. =)
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ApplesCarrotsnGrain Featured By Owner May 31, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :)
WOW! She looked so innocent. I would have never guessed (she would have been my last guess). Well, looks can be deceiving. :D
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BitterGrapes Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2007  Professional General Artist
Indeed they can. :laughing:
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ApplesCarrotsnGrain Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:lol:
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a-jane Featured By Owner May 28, 2007
=) this is really cute and i really love waht you did with the colors!
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BitterGrapes Featured By Owner May 29, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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valhalla-vania Featured By Owner May 20, 2007
"The boy always says 'nice dreds!' to me when he sees me walking"

hehehe

It's funny how many kids love to have their picture taken. There's so much fun in this one. The popsicle (funny word :D) looks very poisonous though. :giggle:
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BitterGrapes Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Professional General Artist
It really is a funny word. And you're right, it does look kind of toxic when you look at it long enough. :laughing:
Thank you, love. =)
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valhalla-vania Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
:D
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airwings Featured By Owner May 20, 2007
I love the way you captured the mood and the powerful joy of this kids in this portrait, the colours conduct their energy directly to the viewer!!
is gorgeous :wow:
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:iconbittergrapes:
BitterGrapes Featured By Owner May 20, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you! and thank you for "gorgeous". =)
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airwings Featured By Owner May 20, 2007
:w00t!:
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BitterGrapes Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Professional General Artist
:D
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oO-violetta-Oo Featured By Owner May 19, 2007
oh. wow. this is incredible. The colours are stunning. I can't stop staring...looks almost painted. I'd love to be able to do something like this..

so envious...
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BitterGrapes Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you so very much for your kind words and the :+devwatch: and favorites.

Your words made me smile. :hug:
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oO-violetta-Oo Featured By Owner May 23, 2007
aww..I'm so happy they did :)
I truly meant every word :hug:
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BitterGrapes Featured By Owner May 28, 2007  Professional General Artist
You have such a beautiful spirit. :cuddle:
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oO-violetta-Oo Featured By Owner May 29, 2007
thank you for making my week :cuddle: Xx
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sweeternadiah Featured By Owner May 19, 2007
this is gorgeous - love how you brought out the lush colors

btw - the kids are ADORABLE - those smiles!
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BitterGrapes Featured By Owner May 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you for your kind words. :)
I've had this photo for a year before it was manipped. It's always been one of my favorite. I love children and I think it captures their joy and energy.

Thanks for the faves too! :hug:
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sweeternadiah Featured By Owner May 27, 2007
you're welcome - you keep makin' 'em and i'll keep :+fav:ing them!
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BitterGrapes Featured By Owner May 28, 2007  Professional General Artist
:thanks: What a lovely person you are. =)
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vw1956 Featured By Owner May 19, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful and emotional portrait! Great and vivid colors :clap::clap:
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BitterGrapes Featured By Owner May 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much, my friend. =D
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vw1956 Featured By Owner May 19, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
You´re always welcome Andrew!
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FlamesYall Featured By Owner May 18, 2007   Photographer
Yeah, thats nice. The colours are real rich. It is a nice document of an era.

PS - You know I would probably have b/w the photo and coloured the ice lolly (thats how I gets down...).
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BitterGrapes Featured By Owner May 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
LOL yep. I'll bet you would've done that. :laughing:

Thank you very much, bro
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SeductiveByatch Featured By Owner May 17, 2007
I love the colors and feel of summer this photo has. It made me smile so big when I saw it.
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BitterGrapes Featured By Owner May 17, 2007  Professional General Artist
Well, if it made you smile, then I feel good. That was a good day. Thank you, Theresa!
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SeductiveByatch Featured By Owner May 17, 2007
I am sure it was.
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner May 17, 2007
Digital photography as hyperrealism?...why not?

This photographic work does reflect, mask and pervert a false reality (digital manipulation), it further masks the absence of a basic reality (the original photo), it bears no relation to any reality (the subjects in photo), and as a simulation of a photograph (a representation of reality), it does replace it with an altered simulacrum.

Bert Monroy's work is certainly viewed as hyperrealism, why not yours?

In short, you have created a new and convincing illusion of reality, inarguably a pure hyperreality.
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BitterGrapes Featured By Owner May 17, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you for your observations, Denis.
I believe HDR is a type of hyperrealism, in a sense. The concept is that camera are limited in being able within a single shot to capturie all of the nuance that is visible to the human eye. The particular exposure is dependent on what the camera is focused on. If a newly tarred black street is what the exposure is built off of, the sky might look white and washed out. If the sky will be used for the exposure to be built off of, the rest of the scene might come out too dark. And even if you focus on a neutral object to balance the scene, there is still nuance and texture that will be missed due to the fact of that single shot only being capable of displaying the image from one perspective- lightwise. So a combo of several exposures is said to be able to more closely mimic what the eyes sees- perhaps even go beyond (hyperreal?).

I have fallen in love with photography's potential to communicate in interesting ways.
Thanks again for the favorites, my friend.

I looked up Bert Monroy. His work is fantastic!
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner May 17, 2007
Well, I think your particular interpolation of it is what qualifies the style. I have been looking at some sophisticated hdr work out there but your piece just perfectly captures a certain unique magical realism that frankly I haven't seen elsewhere.
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BitterGrapes Featured By Owner May 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
Well, I thank you for that. I'm hoping to post some more later today.
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Metr0polis Featured By Owner May 17, 2007
oh my, such beautiful colours, amazing shot!
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:iconbittergrapes:
BitterGrapes Featured By Owner May 17, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot, man!
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theXianRAExperience Featured By Owner May 17, 2007   Artist
Hyper-realism photography!
New thing happening here!?
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BitterGrapes Featured By Owner May 17, 2007  Professional General Artist
Not of my invention, brother. This is merely my using the established medium to draw the energy of the children as I remember them, in my own way. Hyperreal? Tryin' for it...Thanks for logging on to this one!
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Lajos-Toth Featured By Owner May 17, 2007   Digital Artist
Oh yes! It's almost like a super-realistic painting!
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:iconbittergrapes:
BitterGrapes Featured By Owner May 17, 2007  Professional General Artist
Great to see you here again. Thanks for the favorite, my friend!
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LethalVirus Featured By Owner May 17, 2007
Very beautiful shot Moses. I'm sure they like it so much.
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BitterGrapes Featured By Owner May 17, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you brother Helmy. =)
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