That Freakin' Travel Agent.... by RodS ()
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.... Said this was a PRIVATE beach! And now some clown shows up with a camera....
That's what you get with those budget on-line travel schemes.. LOL
Well, I'm sure Sofie will get things worked out so she can enjoy the rest of her vacation in relative peace.... (nudity checked just to be safe)
Just a little bit of fun as I continue getting resources lined up for the next chapter.
I've uploaded a new tutorial on YT that shows how I used the liquefy filter for the image with Tempestt I posted a few weeks ago. You can check it out here if you like: Liquefy Filter Tutorial.
Hope everyone is having a good week! Thanks for stopping by and for any comments you wish to leave. I appreciate them all!
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Rod, I had bad experiences on YouTube a little while back, so stopped commenting on-site. I could probably start again, but haven't yet...so I apologize for not supporting you on the site itself. But, man, I just finished your tutorial on Liquify, and it only intensified my sense of what a truly thoughtful, fine artist you are. I've used Liquify for a long time, but only with abstracts: I'm not beholden to a realistic object. (If a bulge goes too far, I make it a new subject, and go with it.) You, on the other hand, are beholden to intricate lace, w/ its light and shadow (whose creation from sheer patterns just wowed me), so you have to adjust according to reality, where you can't 'get away' with anything. Watching you create curtains step by step, totally affirmed, for me, what it is to be an artist. I've known artists who do what you do---in advertising, the photographer would manipulate his/her image in ways that dazzled me, always adhering religiously to the demands of the client. But such artists were the cream of the crop...Watching you fashion that curtain step-by-step, I was reminded once more that you're one of those artists; totally dedicated, and with a consummate eye. I loved seeing you move the curtain behind T's thumbs, and how you removed lace to allow her thumb to emerge; and how you textured, bulged, shaded and highlighted the curtain, etc etc. Masterful artist at work. And it shows that you give consummate attention to all your details in a piece, from composition to the outfit on each model, to pose, to light, shadow and sheen, to the hidden details in your background (often a blast), to the things you create for your scenes---these curtains, etc. In other words, your actual models and storylines are lifted by a world of artistic choices and disciplines, and lot of painstaking work. Bravo. It was great to see you "make curtains" out of thin air. And I'll watch your future videos on how you assemble a page. It took me 3 nights to finish this video (for lack of 47 minutes in a row, not from lack of interest), but I loved every minute.
Re this image: An old girlfriend and I once stumbled into a nude beach, and saw a scene very much like this. My girlfriend said, "you can BLINK now!" (Yeah, I wasn't oggling THAT much!) And then---5 minutes down---we happened upon a nude gay male beach, and my girlfriend was the one who couldn't blink. (I said "none of them are interested in you," but she didn't care.) So I know this image. You put your model in a classic 50s/60s pinup "omg, you can SEE me!" pose, you posed and lit her perfectly, got just the right expression and the right amount of cover-up; and that black and red are perfect contrasts to her skin tone and the whole picture. And you blended her hues with your background very naturally. I like the bikini top on the other end (with that black and red again), and the beachball, which harmonizes with the bikini, because of the red---small things, but they're part of what you do. And the furniture ties the whole foreground together...Really well done once again. (I think you should post a really awful image, just to keep everyone on their toes...) I know you've been inundated and stressed to the max, but I'm glad you can create through it all; and whenever you come up with the next completed task, I know your fans will welcome it with welcoming arms, me among them. Kudos on the image, and kudos on the tutorial. The finished product---I would never have guessed you'd come up with it from what you started with...
LOL those pesky pestparazzi are just everywhere! If you're a celebrity, you just need to learn how to cover up or wear masks, have it ready anytime you go out. I've heard there are those paparazzi-proof jackets and pants with reflective glass that when they take your pics, everything will be black except for the outfit.
Love the Coppertone pinup kind of pose. Oh and I'm still cleaning sand out of my camera, I swear I didn't see any "NO CAMERAS" signs anywhere.
That actually reminds me when I was in the Netherlands and we approached Amsterdam from the south on the main highway. Well, before you get to the city there is the Mother of all giant billboards that says in big letters "NO CAMERAS OR PICTURES ALLOWED". You really can't miss it. And apparently they mean it. We watched some guy have his picture taken with a couple of ladies on each arm in the red light district and within a minute a few of the ladies and police came running out asking us and anyone if we saw which way the guy went. That was in '97 so I don't know if things have changed. Especially with cameras in cell phones.
Funny one! She is just lucky it was someone with a camera. Might have been a drone or even a satellite. I think expectation of privacy has really changed with technology. I swear, my fridge is even spying on me. Here it is the middle of the night, I know there is not another soul awake, so I sneak down to the fridge to get that last piece of chocolate cake. Suddenly there is this ding ding ding, and its way louder that its ever been before, and people wake up to see what is going on, and there I am trying to hide the evidence, unable to speak, with chocolate icing on my lips and hands. Then pictures appear on facebook, and none of them had a camera. I don't trust the fridge now.