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Old Sep 3, 2004, 3:04 PM   #1
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The lighting was difficult and this handheld shot suffers from some glare off the wall surface - especially towards the bottom of the frame. Your mission - to sort out the problems with glare and saturation.



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(I expect someone will get the 10 brownie points for knowing where this was taken?)
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Old Sep 3, 2004, 3:50 PM   #2
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I thought I'd have a quick go before I left the computer for the night. I tried to get rid of the glare. I don't know how well I did it.
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Old Sep 3, 2004, 4:57 PM   #3
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Old Sep 4, 2004, 12:05 AM   #4
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Here's my take... not much different from Ferny's I'm afraid.

1. Using Photoshop Elements, I duplicated the background layer, and set the opacity to multiply at 70%.

2. Working in the duplicated layer, I used unsharp mask set to 52,40,4 (a trick to increase contrast)

3. Still in the same layer, I used the burn tool at 17% with a large soft brush to burn the highlights slightly.

I won't even try for the brownie points. :?

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Old Sep 4, 2004, 12:48 AM   #5
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Ok since everyone has done some pretty good work, Ive chosen to take the three most interesting parts of the photo (In my opinion)and separate them.



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Old Sep 4, 2004, 7:22 AM   #6
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Wow, what a great picture to start! I like all of the improvements, each one a little different - but Julie, I really like your idea.This makes a great series!!!
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Old Sep 4, 2004, 9:03 AM   #7
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Yes, that treatment really helps the viewer to focus on details that could easily get lost in the "noise".

That reminded me... This kind of scene would work well as a tryptich. As a matter of fact, the way the artist used the arches, it suggests the panels of the tryptich.

(the quality of this may be degraded, as I re-edited my previously compressed image... I should have kept the original.)

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Old Sep 4, 2004, 11:22 AM   #8
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Thanks, everyone - some great work sorting out the colours and saturation. I really like the idea of picking out small, individual details - the ones Julie has separated out work very well.

The wall is one part of a staircase in Mexico City and contains a composite history of the nation. There are two other walls, so it's already a kind of tryptich. Tom's version is visually very pleasing (and nicely executed) - but not quite true to the reality. The other two walls are set at right angles to the one I photographed and because of their location on a staircase are harder to get a good shot of, unless you erect a scaffolding and set up some lights!. A tryptich combining the three walls would be really good.

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Old Oct 8, 2004, 6:33 PM   #9
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Here's a shot
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Old Oct 8, 2004, 7:24 PM   #10
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My effort....


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