I could see that the lady had outstanding flare and ability as well as natural beauty as she got ready to head up South Shields’ carnival, the Cookson Parade, last Saturday. Unfortunately she was in the forming up area on the corner of Westoe Road next to St. Bede’s church, and the original shot had a very busy and fussy background full of brickwork, shrubbery, and people. Not to worry, I thought, use Photoshop and be a little creative!
I duplicated the background layer and used a reveal all mask onto which I painted around her face with a black brush to hide her features from what I was about to do next. Then I activated the non masked area of the layer and applied a radial blur filter set to zoom, and voila! I really should have shown this in South Shields Pixels, my new picture blog for those items that I cannot fit in here (do take a quick look), but this was too good of an opportunity to miss. At least you can see that we can manage to do the exotic and colourful in South Shields, even if it rains.