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Old Dec 7, 2010, 7:35 AM   #1
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Default Yep, another of those Midsummer's Eve photos

Hi guys! Weather is overcast, there is a shortage of "real sunlight"... if you know what I mean. I redid another Midsummer's Eve photo, just to show that the K7 is neat camera, you can get a lot of results, good photos, and have fun at the same time if one just takes to the time to learn more (the same applies to ALL cameras). Anyway, below are two photos, the original shot, and the second is post-processed with Topaz InFocus/Photoshop Elements. I am looking forwared to sending some winter shots... just need light.

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Old Dec 7, 2010, 2:07 PM   #2
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Nice work, nr2 is better, here is my take on what I would do (/did)

  1. made a new layer : set the exposure +1 to get the water a bit lighter.
  2. duplicate this layer and set the exposure again +1 to get more detail out of the dark bottom area.
  3. set this layer's levels to 2 (makes it a lot lighter)
  4. duplicate this layer to a new top layer
  5. did a gausian blur on this layer of 3 pixes and set the blend mode to multiply (a basic orton effect - used it also to blur out the extra noise you get from pushing the image)
  6. merged the two top layers
  7. selected the content of the top layer, copied it, make a layer mask and pasted a the content of the layer in this mask.
  8. inverted the layer mask, now the light areas of the layer below show thru.
  9. the water wasn't sharp enough so added some contrast
  10. done...
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Old Dec 7, 2010, 2:46 PM   #3
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Wow, many thanks for all the work and notes you made. This is a big help, your notes also made clear a few things, too! Again, many thanks. Ned
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Nice image, Eetu. And, good job on the processing, Ronny. I'll have to write those things down and try them. I'm not good at doing the layering stuff.

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Old Dec 7, 2010, 4:47 PM   #5
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Thanks Patty! Thanks for looking. Ned
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