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Old Nov 29, 2011, 7:36 PM   #1
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Old Nov 29, 2011, 7:37 PM   #2
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I know it is overdone but any comments are welcome.
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Old Nov 29, 2011, 7:48 PM   #3
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Much better, but to my eye needs sharpening.
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Old Nov 29, 2011, 9:58 PM   #4
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I really like the processing; it makes an effective shot. I would be tempted to try to up the contrasts even a little more.

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Old Nov 29, 2011, 10:23 PM   #5
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It's only "overdone" because you posted the original next to it. If you take the pp version by itself I wouldn't call it over-done at all. I like how it came out.
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Old Nov 29, 2011, 10:32 PM   #6
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After looking at hundreds of boring shots I have taken recently I think it is time to do some brutal editing (delete+++++) and get a decent post processing ritual to put some life into what is left. Thanks for the encouragement.

Here it is pushed one step farther.
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Old Nov 29, 2011, 11:59 PM   #7
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Hi Ira,

The only negative that I see is the diffused halo around where there's a darker area contrasted by a lighter background (the sky). Otherwise, there's no real indication of significant PP to my eyes.

There is a way to correct this, but it's a bit time consuming, but in this case it was really easy. I don't know what photo editing software you have, but if it's got different modes (Lightening, Darkening, Color, etc) for the Clone Brush, you can use the darkening mode at a low (10-20) opacity) with a smallish brush size and 0 hardness to get rid of the halo.

the process is pretty easy because the Darken and Lighten Modes only darken/lighten the target area to the same level as the source area, so if you're darkening a lighter area adjacent to a darker area, it can't effect the darker area (because it's already darker) so you can be really sloppy. If you use Normal Mode, any sloppiness would have lightened the edge of the ship and cloned the sky onto it. In this case, I used it in aligned mode, made the brush size a little wider than the halo, placed the source and target areas directly side by side and just cloned until the halo disappeared.

I took a crop of the right side of the ship and did this processing, then combined them into a before and after single frame. I also did a little smoothing to each to eliminate some compression artifacts that would confuse the issue. The haloing is subtle, so you really have to look at it.

BTW, I think that your PP was very effective, making the scene much more dramatic.

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Old Nov 30, 2011, 12:30 AM   #8
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nice job in PP...I like the different sky.
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Old Nov 30, 2011, 3:37 AM   #9
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Great processing, makes the image a lot more interesting.

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Old Nov 30, 2011, 5:53 PM   #10
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Thanks Scott, I have PSE6 and LR2.5 so I will definitely see if I can do this.
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