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Salvaging A Bad Shot? Critique time.

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Old 02-07-2007, 10:46 PM
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Re: Salvaging A Bad Shot? Critique time.

It was definitely yellow to begin with but a beautiful image. I have a similar shot taken in a little place called Pray, Montana. I like the crop and now the color is right on. Butch, that was a really cool variation you did, way cool actually.

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Old 02-17-2007, 11:33 AM
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Re: Salvaging A Bad Shot? Critique time.

Here is what I meant about "painting with light" to help draw the eye into the center. I hope you can see the difference.
I used a 50% gray layer set to soft light and then I dodged in some high lights and used the burn tool to darken some shadowy areas.
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Old 02-17-2007, 01:38 PM
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Re: Salvaging A Bad Shot? Critique time.

cathyh,

when you say '50% gray layer', i assume you mean a gray set to 128 (or 127.5) and not 50% opacity on the gray layer, yes?
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Old 02-17-2007, 02:49 PM
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Re: Salvaging A Bad Shot? Critique time.

I'm sorry I wasn't very clear.
On a new layer go to Edit/Fill change the contents box to 50% gray at 100% and leave it on Normal but then I change the layer mode to soft light. Then I used the dodge and burn tool to add some high lights and shadows - at low amounts.
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Old 02-17-2007, 06:59 PM
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Re: Salvaging A Bad Shot? Critique time.

I tried to find credible colors.
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Old 02-17-2007, 08:17 PM
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Re: Salvaging A Bad Shot? Critique time.

Hi,

There's enough detail in the photo to do just about anything

I played with levels/curves and selective color to achieve this one.
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Old 02-18-2007, 01:16 AM
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Re: Salvaging A Bad Shot? Critique time.

Alan, the 2nd image and the artistic one looks great. Hard to know what you were actually seeing at the time.

Had to have a go if you don't mind

Did a white to transparent gradient and overlaid to lighten the foreground, merged the layers and duplicated the image before running a heavy highpass overlay on the image.
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Old 02-18-2007, 11:41 AM
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Re: Salvaging A Bad Shot? Critique time.

Though I’d put a slightly softer feel with this one.
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Old 03-07-2007, 06:54 PM
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Re: Salvaging A Bad Shot? Critique time.

hmm, dont even remember exactly what I did ><

cleaned up the exposure, cropped, balanced the colors, and then added the sunlight, burned all over the place, and contrast here n there. I just added what I thought was missing as I went along =P
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