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Old 02-15-2008, 07:15 PM
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Reducing blur from OOF object

Hi, everyone. First post, seeking help.

I shot this Nuttall's Woodpecker from my window the other day. The pic is worth framing, I think, except for one thing: the head is blurry because of a very OOF branch between the camera and the bird.

wp2.jpg

My question: what can I do to sharpen and increase contrast in the head? (I think the beak is blurry from movement.)

I'm using Paint Shop Pro XI, but the functions are generally similar to CS3.

Here's a high quality, larger version: http://www.strappe.smugmug.com/galle...564_YVmds-O-LB

I'll post a 100% crop of the head in next post.

Thanks for any advice!

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Old 02-15-2008, 07:16 PM
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Re: Reducing blur from OOF object

100% crop:

wp2_crop.jpg


EDIT: I'm about to leave for a 3-day weekend, so please don't be annoyed if I seem to be ignoring you. :-)
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Old 02-15-2008, 09:23 PM
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Re: Reducing blur from OOF object

here is my try at removing the blur

steps
1)dulplicate the bird layer
2)lasso the bird
3)delete the background of the duplicate layer (so only bird remands)
4)deselect the background
5)go Hue/Saturation
3)change the "edit" to "yellow"
4)then turn down all three Hue, Saturation, and lightness to the following
hue = -180
saturation = -100
lightness = -100
(that will get rid of the yellow DOF branch)
5)then change the blending mode of the bird to "multiply"
6)then i did some cloning to get rid of the DOF branch on the tree
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Old 02-15-2008, 10:21 PM
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Re: Reducing blur from OOF object

Possible quick fix
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Old 02-15-2008, 11:46 PM
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Re: Reducing blur from OOF object

Thanks, guys. I'm about to head off with my bride (of 39 years) for a romantic weekend up the California coast.

I'll try these techniques when I get back...

-js
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Old 02-15-2008, 11:47 PM
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Re: Reducing blur from OOF object

I used curves adjustments, couple layers of levels adjustment, couple high pass filter layers & some cloning only in the sky area.
Its not the fastest way, but it preserves a lot of details & gives a better colors control.
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Old 02-16-2008, 08:10 AM
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Re: Reducing blur from OOF object

That borders on amazing Chillin. Very nice work.
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Old 02-16-2008, 10:16 AM
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Re: Reducing blur from OOF object

i used the blue channel pasted on a new layer.. set to luminosity mode. used a brightness/contrast adjustment layer, a high pass filter to sharpen, adjusted colors in lab mode. probably should have lowered the saturation on the colors looks a little to saturated when saved for the web. look better when saved a full resolution.
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Old 02-16-2008, 12:19 PM
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Re: Reducing blur from OOF object

Selective curves, selective sharpen, boost saturation, cropped, darkened edges with gradients.
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Old 02-16-2008, 01:33 PM
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Re: Reducing blur from OOF object

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That borders on amazing Chillin. Very nice work.
Thanks videosean, I really like the "curves" & masking in Photoshop.
It is worthwhile to master them.
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