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Old Sep 5, 2004, 8:31 AM   #1
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The sky was overcast and grey, and normally taking a shot facing the bright grey sky would cause the object to "burn out", but somehow the contrast in colours in this vervet monkey shot with the bright red coral flowers seemed to have improved the picture.

Nevertheless, whateverour perspective or perceptions may be, he was really enjoying the taste of them petals!!








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Old Sep 5, 2004, 9:04 AM   #2
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He has the lookof a child eating a piece of candy or popsicle. Great shot. :-)
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Old Sep 5, 2004, 9:53 AM   #3
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Jake, this is a really cute shot. It interested me enough that I played around with it in PSE2 to bring out some detail and deemphasize other portions of the photo. With your permission, I'll repost my reworked image...
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No Prob geoffs, go ahead, I'm always willing to learn
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Old Sep 5, 2004, 10:30 AM   #5
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It is a good shot. That red adds a great contrast to the image.

Geoffs, just tell us what you did! We want to learn too!

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Old Sep 5, 2004, 10:36 AM   #6
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Ok, Jake, thanks! The photo which I played around with is below. I've done the following:

1. Recropped slightly to eliminate some of the featureless sky area above.

2. Created a levels adjustment layer in which I brought up the levels of the image, bringing out detail in the monkey. I erased portions of that layer other than the monkey. This layer was set to 100% opacity.

3. Created another levels adjustment layer, above the previous,in which I lowered the levels of the image, somewhat deemphasizing the areas other than the monkey. I erased portions of that layer that showed the monkey. This layer was set to 78% opacity.

4. I flatten the image and then applied USM in 2 passes:
a. First pass at (15,60,0) to add overall contrast
b. Second pass at (150,.5,0) to sharpen

I did notice that the original image seems to suffer a bit from CA (chromatic aberration) and PF (purple fringing) which you can see along the edges of the branches. I blurred some of these areas just to deemphasize the artifacts.

The result, which I hope looks better than the original...


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Old Sep 5, 2004, 10:38 AM   #7
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eric s wrote:
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Geoffs, just tell us what you did! We want to learn too!
Eric, I rather doubt that I can be considered to be better at PS manipulation than yourself... It is I that usually learn from you!
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