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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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