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|I met Frank Ritcey while in Kamloops visiting good friends who asked me if I wanted to go on a Nature hike with a couple members of the local naturalist club. Frank and his Dad were our guides for the day as we searched for Great Horned Sheep. Of course I had to ask for his photo which he was happy to agree to. The original shot is included for reference. You can see all the mistakes made in the taking of the photo that had to be dealt with, not the least of which was the removal of a tree trunk from his head. What a novice mistake… I also wanted to remove the other background distractions, deal with his sun reddened face, his darkened eyes, a result of the contra jour lighting, and the obvious glare on the top and side of his hat, all of which were serious distractions. In CC, I created a background layer, and opened Topaz Adjust 5 to bring up exposure, and highlights and tweak sharpness. Back in CC, I used the Quick select tool to Isolate Frank, and worked the background distractions with the Blur filter. Since I felt the highlights surrounding his head with a subtle halo were important to the scene, they were left as is. I know some will want the bright areas on the left to be darkened, but for me that light helps to bring up the shadowed left side of his face. I then went into Topaz Clarity, and brushed up exposure on the dark side of his face, and softened the skin ever so slightly without changing his character. The quick selection tool then allowed me to bring light into his eyes without removing more of the shadow we expect to see on the dark side of a face. Then flattening the layers, I reframed the image to take him off centre and saved the colour version. I chose to leave the overexposed parts of the cap as is, since my intent was to convert it to a Black and White image, which was the final step in this process.
Allen Bargen, FCAPA, Hon FCAPA
Allen Bargen is a global traveler and Nature photographer who scours the world in search of new wilderness adventures. While he loves – and photographs all things Canadian, he has a special passion for Africa and has travelled there many times to capture the magic and mystery of that continent. South America in opening new adventure horizons for him as he explores that continent now with recent trips to Ecuador and the Galapagos. During his most recent adventure, he traversed the Pantenal and hunted (with his camera of course) the rare Black Jaguar in the jungles of Brazil.
He is a Past President of CAPA, The Canadian Association for Photographic Art, and holds several major CAPA distinctions for his photography and dedication to the Art including their highest honor for photographic achievement, FCAPA. For several years, he was also the Chair of CAPA Learning courses. Allen is a CAPA Certified Judge, and teaches their new Judging Course in cities across Canada and abroad. His interests include all genres of photography, with an emphasis on Nature and Sports. He offers lectures and adventure shows across the country and presents his work internationally to other photographic societies.
His work can be seen on his website at www.allenbargen.com