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Old 09-24-2006, 10:01 AM
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I am struck Dumb for Ideas on this one!

I have been playing without success with this photo for nearly two years and now it seems even more important as our 14 year old puppy passed away this week. Anyone want to share some ideas on this (yes it is an awful photo and the light was a tragedy, but it really highlights how much of a family member he was)
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Old 09-24-2006, 10:55 AM
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Re: I am struck Dumb for Ideas on this one!

Hi Cass,

so sorry about your puppy .... been there too...

Nothing fancy ... just corrected exposure, denoised ...(well as much as it could be still considered 'natural' ) and corrected the colours a bit ...
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Old 09-24-2006, 10:55 AM
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Re: I am struck Dumb for Ideas on this one!

I guess it depends on what your hoping to achieve with this. To me it looks like it just needs a little lightening and de-noising. What a cute puppy he was, he looks like he was a total imp.

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Old 09-24-2006, 11:07 AM
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Re: I am struck Dumb for Ideas on this one!

thanks Flora and K, you make it sound and look so simple but I have been chasing this for ages, looking for an acceptable result to frame. BTW, my puppy will always be my puppy like my children will always be my babies. In this pic he is approx 12yo BTW I am still open to ideas, both correctional and maybe a little artified

PS BTW love how easily you seemed to execute acceptable results, maybe I am too emotionally involved, I seem to produce rainbows

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Old 09-24-2006, 11:18 AM
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Re: I am struck Dumb for Ideas on this one!

Hi Cass

Image > Adjust > Equalize
Neat Image
Selective Color to remove some yellow
Sharpened.
Layer set to overlay to brighten eyes and teeth.
Added catchlights to eyes.
Faded back in 15% of the original.

Finally after seeing Flora and K pictures I reduced the saturation a little.

Hope this helps. Sorry to hear about your Puppy.

Ken.
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Old 09-24-2006, 11:42 AM
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Re: I am struck Dumb for Ideas on this one!

Gee guys, thanks so much, think my main sticking point with this photo is the fact he was a beautiful coffee x apricot colour and just cannot find the colourings and have to admit the lighting really added to the noise or lack thereof. Ken will give your setup a go, but without the desaturation I think. Despite my best efforts this photo has always printed very flat

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Old 09-24-2006, 11:53 AM
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Re: I am struck Dumb for Ideas on this one!

Hi there

Thought i would try... I went for a little more high key

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Old 09-24-2006, 12:00 PM
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Re: I am struck Dumb for Ideas on this one!

Hi Cass

Hee Hee.
I painted out the yellow cast.
If you have another picture you could sample colours and paint them onto this picture.

I think artifying this is a good idea. Maybe you should post it in the PhotoArt Forum.

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Old 09-24-2006, 01:20 PM
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Re: I am struck Dumb for Ideas on this one!

... a very simple solution...

Ken is right ... I'm going to move this Thread to the PhotoArt Forum ... I'm sure they'll come up with tons of beautiful ideas!!!
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Old 09-24-2006, 01:25 PM
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Sorry for both you and your daughter's loss.

Attached is what was my best try at enhancing the photo. Flora did a better version then mine, so I decided to do a rendering too. Too big to post, so click here for the oil rendering.
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