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Old 10-02-2006, 07:32 AM
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Re: Suggestions please

Been trying you lots suggestions, came up with these, a mixture of everything. What do you think?
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Old 10-02-2006, 08:59 AM
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britsdad,

you happened to mention the dates of these photos, so i got the idea to try psp's new 'time machine' filter. but first i ran a clarify, full strength on this and then the time machine filter set roughly to the date you mentioned. not sure what the equivalent to clarfiy is in ps. it's a contrasting filter that doesnt raise the brights so much as a brightness/contrast filter. the 'time machine' filter also adds an appropriate border for the time period.

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Old 10-02-2006, 09:08 AM
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craig, like the look of that, very good photo edge. I've just been comparing it to mine, I think I have gone a little over the top with the lightening of the blacks, although it doesn't look as bad on the full size file. Will knock it down a bit.
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Old 10-02-2006, 12:18 PM
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Sorta threw the book at this one, auto image enhance, clarify, contrast enhance, usm, and a touch of Lucis art.

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Old 10-02-2006, 01:27 PM
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Re: Suggestions please

This thread reminded me of something I learned recently.

We all know that using global contrast adjustment, highlights begin to blow out and shadows can be blocked.

You can use some exaggerated settings with high pass sharpening to significantly improve localized contrast without those problems.
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Old 10-02-2006, 01:39 PM
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britsdad, cool beans. let me see the results when you get it.

steve, nice, but you lost the building in the background and there's a bluish cast here and there i dont like.

lonk, i like that. good tip.

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Old 10-02-2006, 02:27 PM
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Thanks again all, by the way that building in the distance is the church my brother got married in about 12 years ago, and the building in the foreground is still standing proud, about 5 miles from me.
This is as far as I'm going with the touch up, but I'm having a go with colouring (first time) not as good as Butch tho'.
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Old 10-02-2006, 02:33 PM
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britsdad,

thanks for posting.

i think you lost a bit of contrast in the first one.... in the middle buildings. or, at least the contrast shld be raised a bit. seems kind of subdued and you wanted pop.

second one looks good.

and the third, well done on the colorizing! you may have lost a tiny bit of detail in the top windows and not quite sure why you didnt do the bottom windows but otherwise, very nice.

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Old 10-04-2006, 01:02 PM
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Butch, can you tell me how you get such vibrant colours in your pic? Whenever I colourize a photo useing a blank layer set on "color" mode all I get are muted tones, and I never get the actual colour I have picked (must be to do with the blend mode) For example I cannot seem to pick up a brown, it turns almost pink! I don't want to get the colours as bright as yours, somewhere between yours and the one I posted would be spot on.
Any help? John
Oh and thanks craig,. The reason I did the botom of the town hall lighter than the top is because I know the building, and that's the way it is, it's polished limestone and maybe the top was not quite as highly polished as the bottom because it was cheeper to produce and people couldn't touch it so high up.

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Old 10-04-2006, 02:26 PM
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Hi there

Yes I do love neon colors with lots of contrast..

I usually use gradient maps with three colors... highlight mid tone and a shadow. I mostly set them to color blendmode but often use softlight and others.

I sample colors from other pictures at times... for instance your building color I might sample from a like picture off the net.

Even after applying the gradient you can edit the map colors... drag the sliders... until you are satisfied.

I also use fill layers set to color... I have found that colors often trick the eye and look different according to adjacent colors... otherwise that pretty brown may look to red in a different setting. Just remember you can always group a hue/saturation adjustment layer to your fill or blank layer set too color and adjust as needed.

Butch

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