OK, so how about a not-so-lyrical post? As a scientist by training, I am drawn to experimentation. A key part of experimentation is the instinct to explore, or in layman’s terms a willingness to say “what’s this button do?” and then actually push the button. These images are a case in point. I was working with Sera using Mylar as a mirror surface. I switched out the sheets and grabbed one that had been resting on the ground. I did not realize it at the time, but the sheet had picked up some dust. And by some, I mean a ton! So back at my computer I was faced with trying to find some way to remove the dust without a) destroying the image and b) going insane. I found a couple of tutorials about using the dust/scratches filter in photoshop in a separate layer. I then tried different ways of combining the layers and stumbled upon a method of multiplying the dust elimination layer in combination with the original layer. The result is below:
It’s pretty dramatic vs. the original! Of course I then applied it to a couple of other images, but now I have a dilemma as to which version I prefer. Any preferences as to A vs. B?
Lucas James is a Fine Art Photographer whose practice focuses on re-envisioning the human form. He is based in Manchester, NH.