The Decisive Moment

Yes, “The Decisive Moment” – mostly connected with HCB (you know who). But this one is personalised.
I haven’t posted here for a couple of weeks. And there’s a reason for that. I mentioned before that I was going to join up with a membership to Guy Gowans page. Well, I did {Enter applause here}. It was a commitment for me because I like to play with images. Push, pull, tweak and generally play with an image to oblivion and beyond…then a bit more for good health.
But I had seen Guy Gowan in action a couple of years back. I was BLOWN AWAY. D’ya hear that? BLOWN AWAY.
But I settled back into my sand pit and played.
So recently I saw some of Guys free webcasts and I was intrigued again. It was like watching a magician in action and you’re wondering…how’d he do that? So I found out.
It wasn’t plain sailing. There is a severe learning curve and personal adjustments you need to make with his Action Sets. And you need to understand them. As Guy himself says if you cannot repeat the processing on an image you don’t understand…enter Exhibit A !!
But he has just brought out his latest version and to say I was BLOWN AWAY (yes, again) is an understatement. But this time it was on my own images.
So here are a couple of examples. First…who said a photographer couldn’t shoot in the middle of the day. Now come on…tell me that this isn’t a desirable and dramatic Before/After?

Before

After

And here’s another example – look how the clouds are recovered and there aren’t any pen tools used to mask either. Both images (above and below) took about 5 minutes. Plus I really should stop using frames like that below. And the best thing is I can repeat these steps consistently.

Before

After

I will not be showing the finer details on how these images were processed as this is the privilege of Guy Gowan and it would be the height of hypocracy to copyright my images but divulge the services and techniques of Guy Gowan.

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