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Old 12-15-2010, 11:00 PM
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Make this picture more dramatic?

I've attached a picture here which I want to give my Mom as a Christmas present. I'm printing it on something special. I took this while I was out in Hawaii. She lives there now.

I see tutorials around the net dealing with light, but use GiMP unfortunately.

Does anyone have any suggestions or wants to play with my file to make it pop some more? Just something more eye catching. Maybe people can look and say wow.

http://www.peppermint-bay.com/retouch/hawaii.jpg

I was thinking of removing the power lines in front, which is a fairly easy fix, but I was thinking of more pop. Like within the sky or something. Not sure.

I cut off a little bit to the left of the picture.. it had a power line pole there.
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Old 12-16-2010, 01:46 AM
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Re: Make this picture more dramatic?

contrast = drama
you want more contrast & saturation in the blues and yellows

darken and saturate the blues
put a dark blue gradient in the sky
pano crop & a tad of lens distortion to make it look wide angle

sharpen just the green channel and or luminosity

Sorry, I've never been able to figure out GIMP but any program that lets you work with channels should be able to do something like this

and definitely get rid of the power lines.

These are just my personal ideas to give the image more drama

HTH

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Old 12-16-2010, 08:18 AM
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Re: Make this picture more dramatic?

Thanks for the info. I'll search the net for some GiMP related tutorials and try stuff you suggested. I like the colors in yours.

GiMP does take a little time getting used to, but I really like it. The company I work for has me design advertisements, postcards, emails, our website, etc. They're won't buy me Photoshop so I had no choice but to find something.

I have a CMYK plugin, but can't get it to work, so I do all my print work RGB. GiMP will be much more useful for people I think once they officially support CMYK.

I'm using an old single core processor computer with 1GB memory, so it's slow as hell sometimes.

I won a contest and won a $20 Amazon gift card last year, so I used it to buy a cheap video card which allowed me to have dual monitors. So, I have two 17" CRT's lol. The right one loads my GiMP tools, while the left is the image.
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:06 AM
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Re: Make this picture more dramatic?

Didn't do anything special, just simple stuff. I can give PSD if you want. Thnkx!
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:49 AM
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Re: Make this picture more dramatic?

You did say make it 'pop' so this is my try - perhaps a 'pop too far?'

Anyway could be toned down. Cannot remember what controls The Gimp has but I know it to be pretty flexible. If it has LAB channels available this will give you a quick and dirty fix in seperate contrast in the colour channels

Just a quick try in CS5.
Dup Layer
Convert to LAB and adjust colour for punch
Quick use of clone, spot and healing + content aware to remove the power lines. Removed the fence posts but did not attempt the wire mesh - a little too much work there.
Convert back to RGB - at this point I decided that the grass was just too green/yellow and toned down using curve mask (still is imo).

I think it is a little OTT but who knows......
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Old 12-17-2010, 05:32 PM
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Re: Make this picture more dramatic?

I think Tony is right about being a little over the top, but I like all the ones you've shown me, but I did like Tony's the best. Thanks very much for the help and tips.
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Old 12-18-2010, 06:22 AM
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Re: Make this picture more dramatic?

I'd take the power lines out of the picture. I used Topaz filter to get this with curve adjustments
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Old 12-18-2010, 07:32 AM
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Re: Make this picture more dramatic?

I'd like to try my hand at this, would that be alright? Also; not sure I can remove the fencing (as much as I'd like to attempt), I've just finished a semester of photoshop work, but I don't think I've ever run into something like having to remove a chainlink fence.
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Old 12-18-2010, 11:16 AM
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Re: Make this picture more dramatic?

Here's my attempt at it.. if interested let me know... i also have full size image if interested
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Old 12-18-2010, 12:48 PM
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Re: Make this picture more dramatic?

my attempt.

curves and a lil of d and b.

sharpen
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