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I hate power lines

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One of the things about photography is that there is little room for imperfections. What? Yeah, I said that. When you look at a person or a scene you selectively focus on the parts that please you (or upset you). We selectively focus all the time. I look at my mother and I don’t notice the hard winkles on either side of her mouth. The woman is 60, she has wrinkles but I selectively ignore them.

Same for a downtown sunset looking though a maze of power lines. Or the picture below, a blue Lambo on the road surrounded by everyday ho-hum cars and SUVs. Here is what I saw.

And here is what the camera saw

unedited SOOC

So, yeah. Even simple uninspired snap shots get a little editing. I don’t really care to show you what the camera sees, I just want to show you what was in my selective vision.

I made heavy use of Photoshop’s clone brush. The Content Aware Fill did help but it is not perfect. Be sure to feather your selections when using Content Aware Fill. The trees directly above the Lambo look like they have a bit of glare on them, this was shot though a dirty windshield. Maybe I should have done some burning there, or is that dodging ( I always forget which is which).

Chris

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August 8, 2010 at 4:15 pm

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Photo Editing, going too far? Nah, just right.

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I have seen plenty of horrible editing jobs done with photoshop, mainly thanks to PhotoshopDisasters.com. But I seriously hope that want I did doesn’t fall into the same category.

Last night I was up late when I decided to off load my daily pictures from my 450D. I should have been asleep but I couldn’t help myself. I checked thought the photos, found one I really liked and imported it into Photoshop. Standard editing, I check the exposure (reduced it by .45), verified the white balance (it was spot on), and boosted the blacks a little (+10). After import I cropped the image a bit, removing the sky. Done, ready to export for the web. Or was I? Here is what I had.

Falls 23621 Original

I liked it but I hated the tree in the top right corner. I had hoped to crop it out but it was too close to the falls. So a bit of copy/ paste/ mask and there we go, most of the tree gone. Then I noticed all the leaves on the right side. They started to bug me, especially the ones close to the water. Nothing a little healing brush can’t fix. The water’s edge was now clean but all those leaves farther to the right, just plain messy and distracting. Time to get the cloning brush out and swap my mouse for my Wacom pen and tablet.

Falls 23621 Fini

Now this is not radical reconstruction. I only spent 25 minutes doing this. But it is clean and unless you look closely I don’t think you would see the editing. There are two duplicated rocks, big ones that are easy to pick out. If you look for them. A few duplicated leaves too. Take a look at the transformation below.

transform

Maybe I could have done a bit more but it was getting late. There is a bit of junk in the lower center crook of the falls but I think I’ll leave things as they stand, for now.

Chris

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March 30, 2010 at 11:19 am

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Down Hill Ride – Walk through

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Ready For A Ride?

Ready for a walk through?

This is one of my latest and I thought that maybe I should show the work flow. I have been doing things a little different the normal, using some secondary plugins by Nik. I first discovered them when I bought a Canon PowerShot SX100is. There was an older version of their plug ins that  drew me into their new ones.

So this shot is though my Windshield on a snowy night, with plenty of salt being splashed around. Thanks to the dirty windshield I got a flare on the lights and contrast killing glare across most of the image.

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January 8, 2010 at 11:15 pm

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Basics – High Pass Filter

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High Pass Sharpening

I am starting a new set of post simply called “Basics“. Nothing too fancy, just basic tools you should know that can help you with your images. This is a Photoshop Tutorial but can be adapted to other programs.

For many years I used the Unsharp Mask filter for sharpening an image. Did I say years? Closer to Decades. I have never really liked it, so I never really mastered it. Recently I learned of a new tool. Nothing to buy, it has always been in Photoshop and is something I have never had a use for till now. It is the High Pass filter. Don’t have a High Pass filter? Take a look here.

Also, in full disclosure, I learned this technique from the flickr HDR group.

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December 27, 2009 at 3:48 pm

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Newfound Gap – Multi-Layered

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Before I get started. I am using RAW images, not jpegs. Your camera may or may not give you RAW. It is harder to work with, way larger on your hard drive (15megs vs 4 megs), and many programs can not handle the format.

But, with canon you get a 14bit image (vs 8bit jpeg) which has a lot more color and luminescent information. You can generally “push” and exposure up or down one stop with out losing any quality. There are other advantages but here I am pushing my exposures.  Seems I rarely get it right in the field. More practice!

The fall colors are great, this is my favorite time of the year, almost. It is still a bit too early for the trees down here in the valley so I have to gain some altitude. One problem with altitude, the sky is usually heavy with bright clouds. So you get nice clouds with a dull valley or nice valley with a blown out sky. Lets start with the two images below. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 23, 2009 at 6:01 pm

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Adding Speed to some Lushes Curves

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How about a bit of a tutorial on bumping up the interestingness of a photograph. You know, playing around in Photoshop. Here I will take a photo and try and give it some life.

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September 2, 2009 at 12:07 pm

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Halo Wall Assault

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Hi, its been a while since my last post but here we go with some new toys. First lets see the original photo

Raw imported into Photoshop already desaturated some

Raw imported into Photoshop already desaturated some

I kinda like it as is, and originally posted it to flickr without any modifications but I soon changed my mind. So lets look at the layers pallet so you can see what is going to happen, then we will step thought one at a time.

Halo Wall Assault - All layers

First step is to duplicate the background, set it’s Blend Mode to “Overlay” and opacity to 50% . This replaces the Silver Efex Pro layer, you don’t need it. Here are the results.

plus Overlay at 50%

A bit darker and contrasty now. Lets add some grime and bullet holes next. The grime are from large textured brushes , mainly noise. The bullet holes are jagged blobs with an “Outer Bevel” style. Pretty easy really, I did have to blur the grime seeing that the wall was out of focus.

Grime and Bullet Holes

Next comes the ground fog. On a new layer I added some black and white rendered “Clouds”. Next I added an “Ocean Ripple” for more distortion.

Fog

This is ground fog so I added a layer mask and used a black to white gradient to fade the clouds. The blend mode was set to “Linear Dodge” at a opacity of  30%. Here you go.

Fog added in

Okay, most of the way there. Something was missing, muzzle flash! If you have ever played Halo you will know this Flash very well. It is simply a yellow  five pointed star, blurred, distorted with an “Ocean Ripple” and Gaussian blur again. A layer mask to hide it on the other side of Master Chief and the Blending mode set to “Linear Dodge” with 100% opacity.

Muzzle Flash

It is still too saturated for me so I added a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer with saturation at -38.

Saturation -38

Okay I need to fiddle with the contrast some more at a Curves adjustment layer is needed with an oh so slight curve

Small CurveAnd the results

Curves

Finally lets add a vinaigrette to the image, makes it feel gritter and ties in the edges. How to do this? Create a new Channel, fill it with white, grab your Marquee Tool and add a square filling most of the screen. Fill it with black and then Gaussian blur the hell out of it. Load it as a selection on a new layer and fill with black. On my pic I set the blending mode to Overlay at 75% opacity.

Click to see full size

Click to see full size

Hope you like it and find this helpful. I know I skipped some stuff, but unless someone lets me know I will just assume you know how to do what I find to be easy.

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August 26, 2009 at 10:28 pm

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