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Old Jun 22, 2006, 12:50 PM   #1
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Well, a weekend trip to chicago I decided to go to the John Hancock observation deck to shoot some photos. To my saidness it really isn't an "open air" observation like they claim. There is a seciton that is open air but with a screen. As such my photos looked horrible with it. So I was forced to shoot behind glass without a polarizer. I did use my wifes jacket to block the reflects though. Too bad they don't clean the glass often (there were many fingerprints and other crud).Nevertheless below is one of my shots.


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Old Jun 22, 2006, 2:24 PM   #2
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Awesome!! love it
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Old Jun 22, 2006, 2:44 PM   #3
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Even with the dirty windows and screens in the way, it is a very cool shot. How did you do that frame?

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Old Jun 22, 2006, 5:46 PM   #4
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I love the shot! But I think I like the frame even more :-)
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Old Jun 23, 2006, 1:57 AM   #5
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that is stunning. i really like night city shots.



pity i don't live in a city and don't go out after dark or i would take some to :sad:



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Old Jun 23, 2006, 10:26 AM   #6
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Really nice shot, I like the view of the city, very
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Old Jun 23, 2006, 12:49 PM   #7
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Excellent view of the city! I also like how you presented your photo.
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Old Jun 24, 2006, 4:04 PM   #8
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Thanks for the input guys. The shot was at f16 so that plus being behind dirtyglass (this shot didn't have the screen in front of it) doesn't make the 100% view look too great. It is really only an acceptable image printed at a 4x6 size.

Regarding the border I used the Helicon Filter. I'm trying out this software and considering purchasing it. It is designed to be a 1 solution post processing (i haven't tried it's raw processing, I use RSE for that). Helicon Filter has a frame option that will crop part of the image and then blur it to give the border effect you see above. I thought is was pretty cool.
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Old Jun 29, 2006, 10:56 AM   #9
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Before you buy the software, I think I have an idea about how you could do this frame with your editing software. I use Microsoft Digital Image, but I'm sure it would be similar in Photoshop, Elements, etc.

Okay, here goes:
First make a copy of the entire photo.
Second, apply gaussian blur to the entire background image.
Third, paste your sharp copy over the blurred background.
Fourth, crop your sharp copy to the size you want it to be in the final product.
Fifth, select your sharp copy, which is smaller than the background copy now, and put a thin black frame around its edge.

I'm at work now, so I can't try this at the moment. If I get a chance to try it tonight, I'll post the result here (if you don't mind) so you can see whether it works.

By the way, I love your photo, with or without the frame.
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Old Jun 29, 2006, 5:25 PM   #10
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Okay, I tried out my idea. It works except for one small modification to step #4. When you paste the sharp copy onto the background you need to adjust its size, otherwise it just plants itself right on top of the entire background photo. The advantage to this, however, is that you don't have to crop the copy at all.

Here's the photo I did in less than five minutes. If I were to do it again, I might make the black border a bit thinner. Otherwise, I call the technique a success.
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