I may be good… but I’m not *that* good

Feb 26

Someone who saw my “Me & 80s bands” video compilation thingy on youtube wrote me an enigmatic email, saying, “You have quite advanced technicial skills, and I think you know what I mean. Unfortunately you gave yourself away in a couple of the shots near the end of your clip.”

With a the help of a couple friends, I realized she was suggesting that I was a sneaky little bugger and had photoshopped myself into these band shots. [Insert doubletake emoticon here.] The very thought is a little astonishing, a little amusing — and, admittedly, a little teensy bit annoying. It took me months to find all of these photos and to get them scanned and posted — but if I’d had to create sets of matching doctored photographs… well, anyone who knows my graphic design ability would be truly on the floor, laughing. I managed only the basics: resizing, cropping, sharpening filter and smudging out the dust spots.

Here’s an example of an unfixed pic (cropped only) — me with Ali Campbell of UB40 — which is also one of the last shots in my video montage. (Click on the image to see a larger version.)

ub40-close-up

This is a blurry shot (bad camera) of me and Ali outside the Greek Theatre in Berkeley. As you can see, our pallid skin tone is a perfect match. I was a little heavy on the blusher that day; and my multi-colored eyeshadow was, of course, carefully crafted to complement my shirt.

You just can’t fake that kind of detail — or, at least, I sure can’t. And if I could, I would have given myself a subtle makeover in the process. ;-)

One comment

  1. Julie MC /

    Of course they´re real!!!… I keep thinking about that one with Michael Hutchence (saw the video like 2 months ago)… aah… I was born in 1986, and I really love the music of the 80´s and early 90’s, but unfortunately I couldn´t enjoy that times as you did… I think that makes most of the people who have seen your video jealous.
    But It´s one of the best things I´ve seen, I can see that you enjoy music as well as me, and I congratulate you for that. I hope in the future being able to write some articles about this (eerr… although in Spanish, my language ;) )

    Last month the Rolling Stone Magazine (in Latin America) chose a letter of mine like the best one of the month. That makes me happy. But, anyway, listen to music always will be the best thing.

    Best Regards Nancy! Have a nice day!

    Julie

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