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Old Sep 20, 2010, 8:43 PM   #1
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Not sure what to do. Tried a filmgrain macro with GIMP, high contrast and a closer crop. Happy to hear thoughts. And the original is here for y'all to play with.

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Old Sep 20, 2010, 9:47 PM   #2
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i think its a great idea. i like the black and white with the film grain added.

i just think the framing is a little awkward, since the arm is coming out of no where into the drawer. then i was thinking just do the same processing on the original, but on it, then the head is abruptly cut off.
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It's also way too unsharp-masked. The b&w and grain conjure up a 1950s feel, but the oversharpening undermines that.
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My attempt: I used AutoHDR with detail and strength set to 10 to balance it out a bit, overlaid that over the original in two layers (lighten 50% and darken 75%), then split it into RGB channels. The green channel was most pleasing so I kept that one, used Topaz denoise heavily to smooth it out but also to add back a lot (100%) of grain, then cropped slightly.

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Thanks for the suggestions so far.
Hards -- I know the crop is strange, but then again that was sort of the point here... just the legs of a person getting ready, an incomplete picture. And it truly was an action shot -- I was just snapping away while she was getting ready.

tclune -- right about the USM. But I really wanted thick, chunky grain. And I've not quite figured out hot to get it.

Martin -- Thanks for your effort. It looks really good. I'm impressed that you took the time to clone out the bar... But it still seems a little bit too polished... I'd really like something that looks like super high speed film, with way too much contrast. Kinda like the Carey Mulligan photos here:
http://www.interviewmagazine.com/film/carey-mulligan-1/

And I have PS Elements (though not on a computer that can do anything with it) so I'm pretty much stuck with the GIMP, which is surprisingly powerful.

Thanks again everyone so much!
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Perdendosi - yea, i knew the point was incomplete, just picking the right incomplete. i think martin's is good, it shows the torsoe with enough shoulder that the arm is not coming out of no where, but under the hair and chin of the original. seems the most balanced.
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Nice shot! What the heck were you doing down on the floor for in the first place?
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I'm impressed that you took the time to clone out the bar
Actually I didn't - I just cropped carefully.
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It is an interesting shot. I cropped and went glamour. What were you doing on the floor?
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I was taking pictures... looking for interesting angles... you know, trying to do photography.

Thanks all for the suggestions.
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