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cock3tail Apr 17, 2006 11:19 PM

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Hi all, I took this action shot here in Newcastle at the weekend.The trouble is, it turned ot a bit soft.Can anyone help with sharpening it please.My sharpening skills are not that good. Thanks in advance.

GoCubs Apr 18, 2006 1:42 AM

Wow!! I hope they were filming a movie, otherwise:shock:.
Someone with Focus magic should be able to clean this up.

Stevekin Apr 18, 2006 3:47 AM

This can also be cleaned up reasonably well using Unsharp Mask and blurring.

A quick fix trick to increase the effect of sharpness is to blur the background more. With this shot I used both.

First, I adjusted the levels to brighten the image a little.

As the image isn't a 'close up' shot and particularly not a portrait, then a relatively high level of Unsharp Mask can be used. In this case, an Amount of 131% with a radius of 1.8 pixels.

Don't be afraid of Unsharp Mask ;).

I further selected the number plate and ran a High Pass filter on it and cloned out any bright spots above the lettering, which was a result of excessive sharpening.

Finished off by applying Gaussian blur set at 2.0 pixels and masked the focal point, (the front car and gunman), from the effect.

Do this to your original image and not this low res one andthe result should be better.

VTphotog Apr 18, 2006 1:18 PM

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Looks good, Steve. I took a little different approach, with Image Analyzer to do some refocusing and sharpening. Adjusted curves as well, Thinking that the shooter in the trailing car should also be in focus, I left the DOF as is.


Boily Apr 18, 2006 8:06 PM

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This is the result I got!!

cock3tail Apr 18, 2006 9:25 PM

:cool:Wow thanks for the help. I really appreciate it.

And GoCubs, it was a movie being filmed. I will post another in 'Other Photo' section if you would like a look.

AL3X May 8, 2006 1:15 AM

Hi everyone!, nice work.

Boily, can you tell me please how do you get that finish?... Neat Image? Unsharp Mask? PS?

Boily May 8, 2006 2:39 PM

I only used a basic program called photofiltre and played with the sharpening mask!!

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