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This is a sculpture created for a Memorial Garden or Millenium Garden in Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford, Ireland. The statue overlooks the Ballytiegue Bay, otherwise known as the graveyard of 1,000 ships. The statue depicts a mother, wife or partner looking out to sea being comforted. The memorial garden that it is adjacent to has engraved the names of hundreds of people who lost their lives at sea.
The image was exporeted from Lightroom to Photomatix as 3 bracketed images of +2,0,-2 Ev. Then they were finely balanced so as not to look like a HDR image. This then had a few sample presets applied before I settled on an infrared one. Then the orange and yellow saturation sliders were adjusted to reduce the orange effect. This was then exported to CS3 to remove noise, add a little subtle contrast and sharpen. Obviously this preset had a deep vignette too which I thought suited the atmosphere.

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