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Old May 8, 2005, 8:07 PM   #1
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Picture of my twins for my wife on Mothers day. This is the first time I have conciously tried to tell a story with a photo. She seemed to appreciate it.

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Old May 8, 2005, 8:49 PM   #2
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Very nice indeed, may I ask as to how you did this if you don't mind ?
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Old May 9, 2005, 8:09 AM   #3
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wagaboo,

Being new to this hobby (about 6 months), it's nice to get some encouragement from people with much more experience. The photo was shot in Canon S60 camera raw in Av with the aperature wide open. After conversion from raw, the photo was composed in four layers (layer one on top):

Layer 1 - everything but the azaleas photo shopped out using the magic wand. The saturation was turned up.

Layer 2 - same as layer 1 but isolating the girls (no saturation boost)

Layer 3 - the whole photo was blurred and all of the colors boosted a bit

Layer 4 - the whole photo was converted to B&W and sharpened

I've found that you don't have to be real accurate with the what is done on layers 1 & 2 above since the B&W layer preserves the edge detail and layer 3 fills in some color you may missusingwith the magic wand on layers 1 & 2 to isolate a feature. The transparency of each layer was adjusted till the desired result was obtained.If you don't saturate the colors on Layer 3 fairly significantly, when the transparency is lowered it just doesn't look right. Thankd again for the encouragement:!:

layer 1 ~ 75%, Layer 2 100%, Layer 3 32%, layer 4 100%.

P.S. got Photshop Elements 3 for Christmas and am loving it, especially the unsharp tool and the layer feature.

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Old May 9, 2005, 1:42 PM   #4
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Thanks again for sharing this info as I love this kind of photo manipulation and also once again...GOOD SHOT....
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Old May 9, 2005, 5:36 PM   #5
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I'm not surprised your wife liked this TBAY, it's a lovely piece of work.

The story to me isofthe girls about to enter a fantasy world, blissfully unaware of the adventures awaiting them, reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland.

You keep 'playing' with PSE3, the best way to learn and have fun.

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Old May 11, 2005, 7:09 AM   #6
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TBAY, youve done this really well. Colour is perfectly composed however id like to see what it looks like without the flowers coloured.

It looks like you have a natural talent for photography and have produced great results from a fairly standard camera.

Keep up the good work.
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Old May 11, 2005, 12:37 PM   #7
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twofruitz,

Thanks for the encouragement. I've takenquite a bit ofgood natured ribbing about my new hobby from my wife so I decided I would try to produce something for her that she might appreciate for Mother's day. The hope wasmaybe she might cut me some slack. Since I work with computers the whole day, more time in front of one at night merely reinforces her opinion that I'm somewhat of a computer geek.

The S60 is a great camera limited only by the lense and DOF. I'll have to live with it for a while since justifying a DSLR is not in the cards at this time. I'll see what I can do later today by posting the original plus a version with the azaleas uncolorized.

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Old May 12, 2005, 6:01 AM   #8
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No color on the flowers
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Old May 12, 2005, 6:02 AM   #9
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original (BTW: the previous post should have said "no enhanced color on flowers")
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Old May 12, 2005, 5:31 PM   #10
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Superb work, TBAY :-)
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