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Old May 2, 2005, 4:50 PM   #1
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This photo just seems lacking in something. (No rude comments please )

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Old May 2, 2005, 7:27 PM   #2
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Not sure, the level balance is fine, well distributed, the blacks are fine the whites are fine. Yo could maybe enhance the lights make them look extra bright, you could go with a warming filter. The ones in PS CS make a nice job, just adds a touch of warmth especially to the flesh tones. Ok while writing I decided to do a little play with it, here, sorted out a few shadowed areas, increased red saturation for lights, added a warm filter. gives a bit more pop, how far you go is personal choice.
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Old May 2, 2005, 8:33 PM   #3
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Thanks. That's certainly had a beneficial effect. I will try to do the same on the full size image.
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Old May 4, 2005, 8:26 AM   #4
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strange, it seems to me as if someone already modified it, it seems very contrasty for overcast, or maybe your camera has a contrast setting that is on, anyway, here is a small adjustment that I think makes it look better. Not perfect, but better...
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Old May 4, 2005, 8:49 AM   #5
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Here's my try using the shadows/highlights feature in Elemets 3.
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Old May 4, 2005, 10:26 AM   #6
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Ah well...

Here's my try, played a bit with the free plugin Virtual Photographer (go get it!!). Simply used the 'ambience' preset which kind of darkened the background while blowing and diffusing(?) the highlights.. Fiddled a bit with the control to remove some of the blur and lighten the overall pic just a lil' bit. -- The result is somewhat opposite the others in that the background gets all but removed, dunno if it's in the spirit of what you were looking for..

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Old May 5, 2005, 11:41 PM   #7
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Gave a try at boosting dynamic range and lowering the red shadow level. Is this the sort of look you are after?

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Old May 6, 2005, 5:30 AM   #8
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awww.... you better cut that out !! ... hehe...

just a try..

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Old May 6, 2005, 5:41 AM   #9
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another version...
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