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Old 07-30-2006, 05:49 PM
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waterfall blown out highlights

Hi there. The other day l had this pic printed in a photo lab . It was taken not far from my home in the Grampian range national park in Australia. I knew the highlight area's of the waterfall were blown out and tryed to rectify them using curves. Just wondering what else l could try to make the highlight areas not so obvious.
I guess l could have tryed cloning areas with the healing brush. Maybe blown out highlights in some images could be considered appropriate. Anyway am looking forward with interest to any suggestions.
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Old 07-30-2006, 08:22 PM
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Ah, the Grampians... beautiful! I'm gonna have to make another pilgramage down there sometime soon. Was it overcast when you took this? If you are eager about this image (I am assuming you are working with film and from a scanned print- chide me if I'm wrong) it may be worth your while to get the neg rescanned at good resolution and bit depth and saved as a .tif file to squeeze the most image info out it as you can get.
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Old 07-30-2006, 08:52 PM
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TELL - Try this

http://retouchpro.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13348
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Old 07-31-2006, 09:08 AM
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Blown Out

The Patch tool works nicely if you want to repait blown out sections of the falls with undamaged areas. I would pull more details out of the shadows using a Shadow/Highlight of Curves. Finally as recommended above, recolor or replace the sky.
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Old 07-31-2006, 08:11 PM
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great patch Mistermonday.

Littlecoo, you're chided mate but only a little. The image was taken with a digital camera. The gramps is in a metamorphoses and making a spectacle of itself. It took a real punishment during last years bush fire but now everywhere the eye takes you, new growth has sprouted. Duwayne, just had a look at your shortcut, good tip thanks..Great patch Mistermonday, I cant tell its been manipulated, looks as good as before but with more detail. Thank you for this great example of removing blown out highlights. Tell.
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Old 08-01-2006, 11:35 PM
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had a go at this also. lots of clone and some airbrushing on blank layers.

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Old 08-02-2006, 12:48 AM
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Nice touch Craig. When l use the clone tool, the give away is a kind of blurred effect. I like the way you managed to keep the cascading waterfall in perspective. The blue rinse adds a calming serenity to the scene. The only thing l'd change is to apply a mask and paint back the original highlights in the foreground rock, boulder. ... Tell.
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Old 08-02-2006, 12:14 PM
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tell, thanks

yes, the boulder is now a bit too dark. i always see these things AFTER i post the nice thing about blown out water like this is that you can get away with a lot because you just claim all that blurring from the clone is mist but looking at it today there are a few areas i'd touch up some more.

one thing you might try is to find some other images and borrow the water from that rather than trying to pull it all from the original. the hardest part of this one was in showing a bit of definition from the top waterfall and the next one, the larger one. because everything was blown out as one big lump it didnt show the 2nd waterfall top at all. so i had to try to find different shading on the water being cloned in to show this.

it's a great piece of scenery. any chance you'll be going back?

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Old 08-02-2006, 03:16 PM
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Shadow/highlight
Cloning & (mostly) healing brush
Replaced the sky
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Old 08-02-2006, 04:07 PM
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Hi there

There is always stockXchng... and lots of falls with water to clone in... who will know...lol

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