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Old Jul 4, 2010, 11:21 AM   #1
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Hi guys! We had some good discussion about the "Summer Cottage Lily" I posted earlier. Some are of the view to leave the background in... others think certain background items should be removed... In any case, I tried to learn and apply some of the ideas of what some of you have shared, plus some things I learned from a photo magazine that had a article about dealing with lilies. So, PLEASE take a look and tell me what you honestly think... Remember, I have had PSE8 and my camera for just over a month... learned a lot... still much to learn.

First the bare original... you can see how much I cropped it from... The second photo was my first crop and pp attempt, the third is my most recent.

I selected the lily, set "Refine Edge" to "Smooth: 3" and "Feather to 5 pixels". I set Enhance>AdjustColour>AdujstColourCurves and increased the midtone contrast. I opened Levels and increased "Shadows" to 10 and Midtoenes to 1.05. Lastly, I selected Enhance>AdjustSharpness and increasted "Amount" to 70% and the radius 1,8. Hope you like what you see.

NOTE! The underside of the lily is still TOO JAGGED. Any advice?

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Old Jul 4, 2010, 6:37 PM   #2
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Hey Ned,
I think the editing you have done to enhance the image is great. You just need to learn how to fine tune the edges. That part can be a bit tedious, at least for me. I think I'll hold off on any advice for now and see if anyone else comes to the rescue.
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Old Jul 4, 2010, 7:16 PM   #3
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my advice would be retake the photo and move the offending flowers in the background out of the way =)
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Making selections is tough, I have no idea how to do it well. But other than that, I really like what else you've done, it's really helped the picture a lot.
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Old Jul 5, 2010, 1:34 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone! John, I agree with you about reshoot, but that will have to wait till next year as I will be away from the summer cottage for a couple of weeks, this lily will already show signs of deterioration... So, surely by next summer with hopefully a prime lense or anything with be IQ, and with a better game-plan of thinking of what is in the picture before shooting it, and of course a tripod... I will have better lily pictures next time. Thanks again.
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Hi Eetu,

your masking really isn't the problem here, because thats good enough, it's the feathering that somehow didn't do what was expected.

Below I did a quick and dirty I on your second image, selected the flower, then set the feather to 2.4 , panted that outside black, so it's possible.

Only be careful not to enhance the photo a lot later, because that will make the edges al lot sharper and pixalated.
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Old Jul 5, 2010, 7:03 AM   #7
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I am absolutely amazed!!!! Do you have PSE8??? I tried to what you did, but didn't see any difference whatsoever... but what you have done is out of this world. Absolutely amazing! Please let me know what post-processing programme you are using. Thanks!

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Nice edit rhermans.
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Edit with PE8. You need to work with the loupe and the different clonning tools Eetu:

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Thanks, Ordo! All the best. Ned
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