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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.

http://www.thelightsrightstudio.com/...b_550pixel.jpg

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.

http://www.thelightsright.com/sample..._NoRetouch.jpg

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

http://www.thelightsright.com/Digita...ingToolkit.htm

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.

Cheers,

Mitch


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