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Sunday 25 May 2014

Langkawi - Monkey

I was looking through all my hubby's photographs to find some special ones to convert to put onto the wall of our new apartment and I came across this photograph which I thought was rather amusing.  
While we were staying in a villa on the Malaysian island of Langkawi, the monkeys used to try to raid the villa chiefly to get the M&Ms out of the fridge! I took this picture of a monkey desperate to come into the villa but as you can see the picture wasn't very good at all so the challenge was to see if there was anything I could do with it. The problem with a blurred picture is that if you apply any filters, the chances are it will not work well at all so I set about trying to sharpen it somehow. I improved the lighting using levels, bumped up the saturation and then emphasised different parts of the body by using the dodge and burn too. I also removed the window light strip and applied the filter, accented edges.

I then set about trying to do something arty with it and I have to say I really struggled.  I look the picture into Studio Artist to get some interesting transformations which I have to say didn't work well.  However, I bought them back into PSE and blended them together with a texture.

This was the best I could do.  I don't think it will get a place on the wall but it was a great challenge.


  1. Well, whatever you think, Ann, I think you've done a terrific job with this interesting photo! Love how you've removed the second monkey and really brought out the face of this fellow with his arresting eyes! Great.