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Old Feb 22, 2005, 10:11 PM   #1
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This is a shot from last December at Busch Gardens, Tampa. The shadows around the duck were so intense that I thought I might not get a useable image out of the set. Then I read a tutorial on "contrast masking" on Michael Reichman's www.luminous-landscape.com. This brought out details that were almost invisible in the original. comments are appreciated.

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Old Feb 22, 2005, 10:17 PM   #2
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Just for reference, here is the original file, un-filtered, un-cropped.

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Huge improvement in the water reflection. Definitely a good choice of tooling. Great work on the post.
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Old Feb 23, 2005, 12:31 PM   #4
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Hi Tom, thanks for the HUGE tip on contrast masking, I have since tried it on a few of my pics that weregood except for the overdark shadows, and the method really does amazing things. I see FM has a plugin that automates the process with a number of user settings at a reasonable price [19.00$]

BTW,I have noticed your very pleasing frames on your posts, are they custom made, or a dedicated software package that creates frames ?? I looked in PS for tips, and they give a very basic framing method



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Old Feb 23, 2005, 1:40 PM   #5
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JakeTPegg wrote:
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BTW,I have noticed your very pleasing frames on your posts, are they custom made, or a dedicated software package that creates frames ?? I looked in PS for tips, and they give a very basic framing method

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Thanks for the comments, Jake.

Mostof the frames I use are PS actions that I run on Elements (I forget for the moment which application I use to run them under Elements... I'm not at my home computer right now.) The one I use most often is One of Bud Guin's frames, but I modify it by adding gaussian noise to the background (gold) layer and then using motion blur to give it a brushed look. A couple of extra steps, but I like the results.

Thanks again for the kind remarks.

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EDIT... (I'm home now) I use SnapActions to run actions on PSE2.

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Thanks for the reply Tom

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