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Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 14 May 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

This is a re-do of an image I posted a year ago. I applied some Topaz filters and played with textures.

NIKON D300 1/160 second F/4.0 ISO 200 25 mm


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Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Un procesado eXcelente,me encanta el punto de vista.Saludos.

14 May 2011 11:30am

@Manuel Hompanera: Gracias!!!

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Love it - the pigs appear like they're going to pop out of the screen!

14 May 2011 12:35pm

@Jason Politte: Thank you!! I had fun creating this one.

Jules from Kansas City, United States

Anita, this totally made my morning! I do love the baby pigs!!!

14 May 2011 1:11pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Not only cute, but beautifully rendered. It's fun to go back and apply new techniques to former work!

14 May 2011 1:14pm

@Barbara Kile: Yes it is. Thanks for commenting.

Dan Creighton from SE PA, United States

This may be one of my all time favorites from you Anita. Great perspective and the rework is very artistic. It does have a almost 3d feel to it. Super.

14 May 2011 1:30pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Superb processing - creates a work of art!

14 May 2011 1:43pm

@Stephen: Thank you!! Glad you like it.

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

Great double portrait!!! They are so dear!

14 May 2011 5:26pm

@Oleg: Thank you. I found them rather cute.

karla from Omaha, United States

This is great!! I love the texture and all the details that are now more visible. The effect is artistic and very pleasing, and I especially like that the glints of light can be seen in their eyes.

14 May 2011 6:09pm

@karla: Thank you, Karla. My secret is that I added the glints in the eyes. :-)

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Bravo !! These pigs are magnificent. The grungy texture couldn't be better...pig heaven.
They pop right off the screen. This is a real gem, Anita !!!

14 May 2011 6:52pm

@DULCIE: Thank you! I had fun playing with textures.

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Brilliant find, wonderful capture and absolutely superb processing. You created a masterpiece, Anita!!!

14 May 2011 7:42pm

Phil Vaughn from United States

This one looks like it's meant for a story book! I like it "very" much. Nice processing work. It brought smiles all around.

14 May 2011 9:03pm

Claus Petersen from Herfølge, Denmark

Cute in that very dirty way you know ;-)

14 May 2011 9:04pm

karla from Omaha, United States

Ah hah! Adding the glint--- you did a good job on that because it looks perfectly natural. :)

14 May 2011 10:18pm

@karla: Glad it looks natural. I wasn't sure--wanted to have the glint, but didn't want it to be too strong. I'm glad you noticed it!

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

My favorite picture of the day. I love pigs!

15 May 2011 12:09am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

It looks like a vintage postcard. I love the color and texture.

15 May 2011 3:03am

denise ippolito from United States

Awesome image Anita!! Great work with the textures.

15 May 2011 3:10am

Chantal from Terheijden, Netherlands

great work, not like you normally would post

15 May 2011 10:20am

Vert Pomme from Montreuil Sous Bois, France

Très mignon ce portrait de famille !!!!

15 May 2011 10:31am

Jim Wilson from Malvern, Pennsylvania, United States

Love this, Anita. What a great shot and processing job. Makes me think of that Jamie Wyeth painting of the pig in the Brandywine Museum.

15 May 2011 1:27pm

@Jim Wilson: Thanks so much. Will have to check out that picture next time I visit Brandywine Museum.

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

very nice :)

15 May 2011 2:20pm

@Shahryar: Thank you!!

Bernardo from Spain

Te ha quedado genial la edición. Me gusta le procesado que le has dado.


15 May 2011 5:55pm

@Bernardo: Muchas gracias.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

It simply doesn't get any better than this. The ultimate pig portraits. Bravo!

15 May 2011 7:25pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

This is just great. Love..love..love this!!! (not to mention that it made me smile!!!)

15 May 2011 7:49pm

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

Like the piercing eyes and the fine details. The textures and tones create an ominous feeling for these animals. Really like the effect here Anita, great job!

16 May 2011 1:05am

Kala from United States

Wonderful tones and textures you've chosen.

16 May 2011 7:40am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Excellent example of how using the right filters in the right way can lift a shot to new heights. This really is enjoyable and I could easily see it in a children's story book . . in fact, I can almost read the story ! Five*****s.

16 May 2011 7:52am

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks, Ronnie. I think you could write to story!!!

Henrik Herskind from Copenhagen, Denmark

Oh yeah, you did great! Are you aware of the new "Topaz Lens Effects"? Seems rather phantastic.

17 May 2011 9:22am

Barbara Lee from Oakland, United States

OMG!!! Love these guys! So much fun! Great work, Anita!

19 May 2011 4:11am

Barbara Lee from Oakland, United States

What is the metal stuff in that guys snout?

19 May 2011 4:12am

@Barbara Lee: Glad you like this one! The metal stuff is a nose ring, designed to keep the pig from rooting too deeply, which would destroy a meadow. These are happy pigs--they have lots of meadow in which to roam and eat, plus mud in which to wallow.

Trina from Pennsylvania, United States

This is awesome Anita! Love the processing!

19 May 2011 12:01pm

@Trina: Thank you!

MARY from EXTON, United States

Anita!!!!! I LOVE THIS~!

20 May 2011 12:02pm

Elora from Genoa, Italy

This is so CUTE!!! <3

20 May 2011 2:48pm

Michelle from Elverson, United States

This is a stunning, cute, excellent piece of work! I'm wondering what kind of processing was used.

24 Mar 2012 1:06pm

@Michelle: Glad you like it! Good question! I've wondered that myself. :-) I initially did minimal processing--crop and basic adjustments. Then, I added textures: Come Tenderness ; then 3 textures by SkeletalMess : "Old Photo," "Damaged Goods" & "Mix 10." Unfortunately, I didn't keep a record of the blending modes I used with these various textures. I accentuated the eyes, applied contrast and levels. Thanks for asking this question. I've wanted to try replicating the process, but had never bothered to go back and figure out what I did.

Charles from Victoria BC, Canada

Took me back to my days on the farm. Those pigs are so smart.

5 Dec 2012 12:11am

1/160 second
ISO 200
25 mm