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Old Oct 8, 2004, 7:34 PM   #1
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Here is one of my last Canon 10D images. It's a fungus. I took the shot at Maclay Gardens SP in Tallahassee, FL.


This was a 2 second exposure at f/18 to get plenty of DOF. I shot at 100 ISO and exposed to the right to minimize noise. I used mirror lock-up for added sharpness.

Canon 180mm "L" macro lens. 1:1 reproduction ratio with narrower FOV from the 1.6x cropping factor.

Here is the image right out of ACR II. No retouching.


The DOF left the green leaf at the left edge soft. I used three-pass sharpening technique with actions from my TLR Sharpening Toolkit.


The first round was 6 pixel Highpass Sharpening with a luminosity mask to restore sharpness lost during digital capture.

The second round was Creative Sharpening using USM. I used aggressive settings. 350, 4, 0. Then I painted in the leaf at the left edge with white paint on a black-filled layer mask. I also painted in a second leaf in the upper left at 35% opacity.

The third round was output sharpening. I used settings to enhance contrast. 20, 10, 0.

Sharpening was the only adjustment I made outside of ACR II. In ACR II, I adjusted the White Balance to warm the image a bit and reduced the saturation a touch to hold details in the bright green leaves.

Comments are welcome.



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