As I often do, I messed with the foreground-background relationship. I applied a focus blur to the background, and brightened it up. I would like to talk about the way this picture was sharpened. It’s quite interesting. When blurring the image, instead of obtaining the high frequencies by applying a gaussian blur, I used a bilateral filter.
The colors in this picture distracts the viewer from the main subject, and doesn’t add any value to the picture so I converted it to black and white. Notice how you can see the eyes of the person in the bottom left. A great way to make a person fade into the background is to remove their eyes, either by cropping them out or by placing an object in front of them. Here I wanted to crop in a bit more than that to remove the people in the top left and focus on the subject, and the people surrounding him. I used RawTherapee’s HSV tool to modify the brightness of different colors to try to make the background people’s shirts uniform with the background. The most important part of this image has to be the childish feeling it portrays by putting everyone else aside and focusing on one child.