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Old 08-16-2005, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Duv
putting the main subject in "thirds" can be pretty powerful. For this, I simply exposed more of the shadow detail with Shadows/highlights in CS2. Bottom line..a pretty "striking" image.
I'm a newbie. What do you mean by "thirds" and how was this accomplished by shadows/highlights?
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Old 08-16-2005, 11:23 PM
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My apologies. My post was quite horrendous. Two seperate thoughts. One was I thought the shadows were too deep..too much lost detail. I like to see more detail and lighten the shadows although deep shadows and higher contrast can make a very powerful image. Depends somewhat on the image perhaps.

The other thought was thirds..that is placing the important subject 1/3 from the top and 1/3 from the side. It's a technique to add power to an image that is well regarded. To give you an idea I've recropped to thirds. Again, for this image perhaps having the "smith" centred might be a better way to go. Ultimately, it's what you think..just be aware of the concept.

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Old 08-16-2005, 11:44 PM
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the original

I almost forgot to post the original file. Here it is.
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Old 08-17-2005, 06:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Bujo
I almost forgot to post the original file. Here it is.
Emphasis on the light coming from the forge and from the piece, detailed shadows, some saturation on the foreground tools. Frankly, I like this one best! As Duv suggests, it's a balance between power and detail. I'm for power here, especially for a forge.

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Old 08-17-2005, 02:35 PM
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forgive me, bujo, but i've kind of gone into a challenge on this one. i think it's a great picture and so i offer up the excuse for hijacking your thread of that

i went a bit nuts with this. i tried a few scripts in psp 9 and liked one, but didnt like the very last action in the script. so, i read the script, followed it completely through manually, but left off the last action. from there, i went kind of haywire, so if you want to know the steps you'll have to go back in time and watch over my shoulder

i do think this would make a great mini-challenge pic though.

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