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Old 06-25-2009, 02:42 AM
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Re: Fine Art Technique

Back again and struggling.

Below is an image. My Dodge and burn and well, PS skills are naff, how do you go about the effect in the image below. It's nice blended effect where he has darkened the edges nicely of the image to draw the viewer into the leading lines.

Any help, direction appreciated. Have no idea. Has he darkened the entire image and revealed certain spots e.t.c

Pleeeeeease, for the Love Of Everything Good. Heeeeelp Me :-)

http://www.denisolivier.com/p_sets.php?pid=903
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Old 06-25-2009, 05:21 AM
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Re: Fine Art Technique

Create a mask... Start with a luminosity mask and edit it further with a brush, then create a new layer and paint in where you want to darken, using the mask for any detailed areas. There are many ways to darken the image, say creating a composite layer and using Calculations to mix channels, then Edit>Fade.

Most of these images though start out with a general exposure with the main subject being key to capture the detail, then a mask is created and heavy darkening to draw the eye to the subject. I'm not saying this is simple work, but simple in principle...
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Old 06-25-2009, 06:23 AM
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Re: Fine Art Technique

Thank You.

Pointed me in the right direction.

Any further directions would benificial and also good tutorials on the subject, reading one now, which has raised my spirits a bit.

Cheers...
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Old 06-25-2009, 08:16 AM
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Re: Fine Art Technique

I think most of the work was done "in-camera" in this case. Surely a long exposure. Looks like time of day is "duskish" which I think attributes to the clean even highlights on the rails.
Looks like PS provided the vignetting which I acheive using layer masks. I think some strokes using the dodge tool on the highlights.

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Old 06-25-2009, 08:24 AM
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Re: Fine Art Technique

I understand how the photo was taken.

Problem I am having is the technique to isolate light via the vignette. Is it a straight Vignette, I can't make my transitions from the light to dark or vice versa that smooth and seamless around the edges exactly where I want them to be, I can vignette but thats about it...

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Old 06-25-2009, 10:25 AM
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Re: Fine Art Technique

Maybe you should ask the guy that did them?
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Old 06-25-2009, 12:42 PM
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I did, but not specifically that, maybe I will again, but he just refered me, but it was nice of him to respond..
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Old 06-29-2009, 02:41 AM
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Re: Fine Art Technique

Well

Thanks guys. I may have another question soon but here is what I've managed to come up with, maybe a fluke but will find out on the next image..

http://www.flickr.com/photos/_manwit...e_/3660975788/
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Old 06-29-2009, 05:26 PM
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Re: Fine Art Technique

One of the elements I think you are probably struggling with it the tonal range, in those shots the range sits heavily at either extreme, very white whites, and very rich blacks, and not alot of middle grey, and limited at best, it goes beyond simple contrast, but alot of that is done with dodge and burn very delicatley. the images are smooth for a few reasons, one, they are shot with a long exposure, so any movement gets smooth and creamy, the water, the skies, etc. Second the composotion is very simple, theres water sky and a dock or rocks, theres no clutter. Beyond that its just a matter of controlling where you want the tones to fall and how hard. That can be selectively done with a number of techniques, but you can also really direct them by using masks, and drop gradients on the masks. Its not that complicated, you just have to spend the time and "feel" it
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Old 06-29-2009, 05:28 PM
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BTW check out a guys work by the name of Chip Forelli, exactly what your looking for. I think he shoots film and medum format though, which helps as well, but Ive seen these results with digital too
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