Navajo Brave Statue

Navajo Brave Statue, Main Street, Old Town, Scottsdale, Arizona

Navajo Brave Statue, Main Street, Old Town, Scottsdale, Arizona

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Navajo Brave Statue

I have a collection of images of statues and sculptures such as this one of a Navajo Brave outside a gallery in Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona.  The fun with these is to try and produce something different than a simple copy of the original piece of art.  Although the expression on the face of the statue was quite stern and appropriate for an American Indian brave, the clothing was a little too colorful for the look I wanted.  The footwear did not match the overall tone either, looking more like something found in the sneaker aisle of the local shoe shop rather than the moccasins I would have liked.  I do not dispute the accuracy of either the clothes or the shoes, they just were not what I was expecting.

Having first cropped out the shoes and the spotlights which illuminated the statue at night (much quicker than cloning out the lights even with content-aware fill!),  I went for the overall gritty look, the base of which is a lot of clarity in Lightroom and an adaptation of the Monday Morning filter in Color-Efex Pro applied in Photoshop so that I have the extra control over the opacity of the layer to create the effect I am looking for.  I then darkened the adobe wall and blurred out the reflections in the window behind the statue.

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  1. Nice technique with great results Mark. The details are killer.
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  2. I really like the tonal range in this, Mark.
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