We were driving around the rain the other day, when I spied this Knight in front of one of the park trailers. When the sun finally came out again, I took a walk over to see about photographing it. Perhaps, the reason I thought of it being a Templar Knight is that there is a hand-painted rock in front of it that has a Christian cross on it. I tried including the rock in the photo, but it just wasn’t that interesting. The above photo was processed through Aperture (still 4 more days left of my trial). I painted the knight with a sharpening tool.
But first, I decided to make my own Templar Knight in PSE (went back to the original before I used a sharpening tool):
As you can see, I painted on a white scarf and copied a piece of art from a web site for the red cross.
And, finally, I decided to try out Karen Brockney’s Sharpening Technique that Ron experimented with on the original image, prior to adding the Templar cross:
For this one, I made an overlay copy of the background. I then selected just the knight, and then High Pass Filter set at 10.5 radius. I then adjusted the opacity of the layer to 38%. I think this came out rather well.
The final note I should add, is that this turned out to be in front of “awright Mike’s” place. He was very happy I liked it since he found it for only $4. Mike was a victim of a brain hemorrhage from a stroke (I think?) about 12 years ago. He thinks it just happened. When he sees you, he likes to tell you that his wife saved his life, “last night.” He is the happiest person in the whole park… and frequently is heard to say enthusiastically, “awright!”