Vienna, Austria – Statue (HDR)


From one of the most beautiful small cities in the world…Vienna, Austria. You can see tons of history as you walk around taking pics. There are many statues in Vienna…the most famous is Mozart! Now this one above…I am not sure what is going on or who is involved. It def caught my eye. Is the one guy Poseidon? A statue shot is typically boring….so I added some textures and gave the woman (Athena?) the power of light from her hand! …just for a cool effect!

To create light rays in Photoshop:
1) Make a new layer
2) White paint brush, opacity 40%…you can always lower the layer opacity to you liking afterwards
3) Unfortunately, using a tablet is key…for straight lines
4) Brush details…I use the third option from top…it is tapered
5) Shift-Click from start location
6) Click at end position

That is it! Sometimes it may take a few tries to get the desired size and pressure. But it is easy! =)

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Palm Springs, CA – Forever Marilyn


From the wonderful and relaxing Palm Springs, CA you can find the amazing statue of Marilyn Monroe in her famous pose. Some info from the web:

The 26-foot-tall 34,000 pound sculpture manufactured in New Jersey of painted stainless steel and aluminum, is a super-sized sculptural tribute to Marilyn Monroe’s iconic scene from Billy Wilder’s 1955 infidelity comedy, The Seven-Year Itch, with the figure imitating the instant that a blast of air raises her dress. It was built in New Jersey before being transported to Pioneer Court, part of the Magnificent Mile section of Michigan Avenue, Chicago. In May 2012, Forever Marilyn was moved from Pioneer Court to Palm Springs, California. It is now located in downtown on the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way.

If you live or are visiting Palm Springs…go see it soon…I hear it is there only until June 2013. Next stop…unknown.