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Old May 21, 2010, 9:00 PM   #1
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A rather boring shot but, I was playing with the SP 90mm and the Viv 2X TC.
I'm going to do some side by side comparison shot to confirm my it but, I think the Vivitar focusing 2X macro TC is a better match than the Tamron SP2X TC.

I set this shot up, I didn't have the defuser on the flash so I set it for f:22 and pushed the green button it set the shutter for 1/45 sec so I took a shot at those settings and it looked so dark on the screen that I bumped it to f:11 up and took a dozen mere shots. They looked good on screen but, when I put them up on the computer monitor the first one looked the best overall. what do you think?

I guess technically #2 is better but I like the darker one for some reason.



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Old May 21, 2010, 11:01 PM   #2
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An interesting pp challenge. I took your first one (I like the darker background, it's less noticable), added an adjustment levels layer and lightened it. Then I used the elliptical tool and drew a circle around the dandelion head. Then, making sure that the adjustment layer was selected, I used the paint bucket to paint black in the selection (which actually does the opposite of what I wanted) and then went to the mask module and inverted the mask. This works fine in CS4, but I don't think it works in earlier versions as I think the ability to reverse masks was introduced in CS4 (and I use it all the time, I'm forever forgetting which blocks and which shows the layer the mask is being applied to).

There are two ways that I should have used - one way would have been to paint the adjustment layer black first, then draw the circle and used the paint bucket to paint white in the selection (white exposes the layer you have the mask on and black blocks it out). Or else, draw the circle and then go to the select menu and select inverse - that will select everything except the circle. Then use the black paint bucket. Either of these two ways will work in PSE and earlier versions of photoshop.

I ran it through Topaz Lab's Detail, which sharpens by adjusting contrast. It doesn't really need it, but I thought it added a bit of sparkle.

You can definitely do better with the original, this was just a quick edit and only took a couple of minutes. It took me at least 3 times longer to type up what I did and what I should have done than it did to actually change the picture.

P.S. Looking at it here, I think I went a little overboard with the lightening. But you get the idea.
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Old May 22, 2010, 9:43 PM   #3
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Wow, that's awesome Harriet!
thank you for taking the time and effort to do it.
I have so much to learn in CS4, I know the basics and that's about it.
I'm going to give it a try. Thanks for the info on how you did it. I don't think you over did the lighting at all, I really like it.
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Wow..thats some really great PS editing
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Some really sharp results with that TC combo!
And amazing PP by Harriet too!
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Old May 24, 2010, 8:35 AM   #6
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Don't think it's that boring and like the second better
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Thanks guys, I appreciate the comments.
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I like your shot GW, and I really like Harriet's edit!
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harriet, inverting masks was a feature on photoshop 7.0 and possibly earlier versions. We share similar methods, you produced very fine results. Great shots Goldwinger
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