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Old Mar 4, 2010, 2:46 PM   #11
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wonderful shot kevin.

i agree, it does have that fantasy landscape feel to it, and in a very good way.

processing looks great, love the contrast, love the soft hints of color.
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Old Mar 7, 2010, 10:32 AM   #12
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You truly aren't just a photographer with your photos, you're an artist and you (as well as some others) always offer inspiration to the rest of us. Your PP work is terrific and really takes everything up a notch!

I always look forward to your photos. Thank you too for saying how you were able to present this to us....that's always a help.

QUOTE=spy;1060934]Thanks for all the comments!
Eetu, I use CS4 for my pp but was able to also do the same things in CS3. The first step in all my b/w shots is to set the exposure first which for me I tend to go a little darker than original. Exposure sets the mood.

The background already had fog so the background trees are hazzy due to that.

If your seeing color in the image, it is painted and blended in. The sky showing a slight yellow/orange, the background trees just a pinch of blue. (I feel like I'm cooking something) and a little bit of brown for the bales.

I added noise to the background trees via using the lasso tool and feathering it's edge to not give that distinct line. The final step, and the most important tool I use is the dodge and burn tools. CS3/4 allows you to effect Highlight/Midtone and Shadow with these tools.

I get into my 'zone' when editing, put on some music and go with that gut sense and there you have it....in a nut shell. It may take an hour, I'll walk away from it and come back later to see if I've missed something.

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Old Mar 7, 2010, 11:57 AM   #13
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Thank you for all the great comments. I'm glad my photos evoke emotion and inspire. That is why I share.
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