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A Christmas Project

Now that Christmas is over, I can share with you a project that my sister-in-law commissioned me to do for her. My sister-in-law, Judy, asked me to create a photograph of herself, her brother, her sister and mother with their father (who died in the Vietnam War) as a Christmas present for her siblings and mother. Judy wanted her father to appear as though he was keeping watch over her family.

A Christmas Project
This is Judy’s father. Judy scanned this photograph and emailed it me.
A Christmas Project
This photograph of Judy and her family was taken on Thanksgiving Day, this year. Judy is in red, standing by the window. Judy emailed this photograph to me.
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A Father Keeps Watch Over His Family
Father Watches Over me 4x6

I created this photograph, using Photoshop CS5. This Christmas project involved several iterations. I am supposed to tell you that my nephew, Jared, kept challenging me and that I stepped up to the plate with all but one challenge. In my first iteration I placed Judy’s father’s nose over the curio cabinet. Jared challenged me to remove the curio cabinet and window from the Thanksgiving Day photograph. I surprised myself when I accomplished that task without much difficulty! Jared also mentioned changing the background color. I opted not to do this, as I do not have much experience with capturing every strand of hair in my selections. Keeping the wall color as is made hair selection a simple task!

By the way Judy was pleased with the resultant photograph. I am happy that I was able to create a treasure for her family to enjoy.

11 Responses to “A Christmas Project”

  1. Anonymous

    a very special Christmas present that I was very proud to give to my family…many thank you's from all of us…and I think you could have met Jared's final challenge!!!

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  2. George

    What a wonderful project! I think you did very well. I'm sure your sister-in-law's family will cherish this.

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  3. Lorraina

    What a great job you did making the portrait Linda! I bet the family is really happy with it.My best wishes to you and yours for 2011

    Reply

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