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Old Apr 13, 2011, 11:13 PM   #1
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I have been working on my PP skills and could use some advice. Here are two copies of the same photo. The first is the original, and the second is after a lot of PP.
Now, here is what I am going for. Local tradition has it that this tree was actually used for a number of vigilante style hangings in the late 1800's and early 1900's. There was a lot of mining in the area and the locals were having a lot of trouble with robbers. They chose this tree to "discourage" people from robbing the miner's spoils.
I am trying to make the tree look a little ominous and scary. Does the original do a better job of that? I like what the PP did to the sky and especially how it shows the sun, but I am not sure which is better.
What do you guys think? Thanks in advance!
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Old Apr 14, 2011, 7:49 AM   #2
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I like the second one better because it shows more detail both in the foreground and the sky. But the first one I think would be "scarier" although that wasn't the impression I got until I read your very interesting narrative.

Did you use Topaz Adjust? If you did, it has a "dark - night" preset which IMO is too extreme. But maybe (I haven't tried) if you tweaked its sliders it might achieve the effect you want for the sky. For the foreground you can create a layer using Topaz Remask and use a different preset or processing for it.
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Thanks VV. I don't have Topaz. I was using PS8. The sky and trees I primarily saturated and adjusted the midtones. With the foreground I primarily adjusted the exposure and added a little saturation.
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Really nice job. I was convinced you used Topaz Adjust because of the sky.
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Old Apr 19, 2011, 3:01 AM   #5
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Interesting. You are doing the right things, but I would suggest another time of day, or even night time exposure to get a really spooky look. How about on a foggy morning? I am not sure how to PP something into a pic that doesn't contain the right elements for spookyness... Just saying... Frank
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