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Old Jan 25, 2004, 5:20 PM   #1
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This is an accordian player who was collecting money in Frankfurt.

This is the first location I saw him, but as I moved around the city I saw him in another 3 places......in one day!!!!



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Old Jan 25, 2004, 5:27 PM   #2
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This is a great photo. The only thing I'd suggest is to try to bring out the man a little better. You could try dodging and burning him, and you could also try a very subtle vignetting, subtle enough so it's not immediately noticeable. You have an excellent eye.
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Wow, thanks very much Barbara for the comment!

Its late here now so I will try doing some work on it tomorrow!

And I will post the result here for you to have a look at!

Thanks,

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I'm looking forward to it.
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I agree with bcoultry. Good, but could use more isolation. Another thing that might work is to slightly blur (make it look out-of-focus) the left part of the bridge (that is further back.) Don't know, but it sprung to mind.

Have you considered that he might be a spy, following you? That Accordian could actually be a camera!

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Old Jan 26, 2004, 2:42 PM   #6
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All this talk of spies......dodging and burning.....sounds quite sinister!!!

Ok, here is the original colour pic......



This is the B&W....with a little bit of colour in the man's jacket and shoes. I tried to dodge & burn him :evil: but I couldn't get a result I liked.
And the blur didn't look natural so I gave up on it also!



Eric and Barbara please have a go with the b&w to see what you can produce.

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Old Jan 26, 2004, 3:35 PM   #7
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I tried to do as little as possible to what's essentially an excellent photo. First, I used Extract to pull out just the man. I selected and copied the result, then reverted to the original picture and pasted the extracted man back onto the photo. This created a layer where I could use Levels plus a touch of Unsharp Mask on just the man. After that, I used a gradient to slightly lighten the left part of the photo, then a few strokes of gradient to darken the right side (using the Multiply mode at 50%). Once all this was done, I flattened it.

The changes aren't huge, but I think it brings out the man better.

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I like it Barbara!

The lightness on the right doesn't draw the eye, allowing the viewer to concentrate more on the man!!

I also like the sharpening to the man!!

Thanks,

Steve

NB: Perhaps this would be a good idea for a fortnightly competition? Steve posts a picture, and every one posts their effort at fixing it! The winner is then judged by Steve!

A good way for everyone to sharpen up their skills and learn from other peoples ideas?
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NB: Perhaps this would be a good idea for a fortnightly competition? Steve posts a picture, and every one posts their effort at fixing it! The winner is then judged by Steve!

A good way for everyone to sharpen up their skills and learn from other peoples ideas?
Glad it worked for you, Steve. And you're definitely correct about sharpening skills. Because of a Photoshop action "informativetoo" clued me into and that I downloaded yesterday, I rediscovered the Extract filter. So, there I was, sitting with your photo on my screen, wondering how best to isolate the man when the thought hit me, "Extract him!" Had it not been for Informativetoo, and then had it not been for your frustrations, I wouldn't have added a new tool to my collection. (Every time I toss something on my wagon, something else falls off. :shock: )
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Well I guess I can now add the extract tool to my resume of techniques!

Thanks Barbara!
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