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“Give it your best shot…” will be an ongoing project where we all work on and/or reinterpreted a single image.
The intent is for anyone to download the image in this post and apply their style of post processing as if the image were your image. We are interested in seeing how different photographers will interpret the same scene.
It would help us all to learn if you can explain why you made the choices that you made and share any significant post processing techniques that you use.
This is not a contest, it is meant to be a learning tool for anyone who is interested.
Tue 20-Nov-12 01:43 AM | edited Tue 20-Nov-12 01:49 AM by KenLPhotos
This is a wonderful monochrome image that is perfect for black and white since it is all shadings of one color. If not B&W, I think an image needs more color interest. This is a discovery I found a few years ago that works well on some images and not so well on some. It worked just fine for my enjoyment of color. It is not a one button change. The steps were done in CS5. -------------------------------- Convert to LAB -> Image-Mode-LAB Color Duplicate -> Image-Duplicate Invert the copy -> Image-Adjustments-Invert Copy the duplicate -> Ctl-C (in Windows) Paste over the original -> Ctl-V Blend using Pin Light -> Click on the Layers Panel and select the menu that says 'Normal' and scroll down to Pin Light Flatten -> Layer-Flatten Invert again -> Image-Adjustments-Invert Convert back to RGB -> Image-Mode-RGB Color
Tue 20-Nov-12 02:38 AM | edited Tue 20-Nov-12 03:56 AM by Bump57
Ken this is super! I like how it took on a metallic look. I also liked the fact you did not crop out the bright blown spot in the upper half of the image. All I could think to do is crop it out, this takes care of it nicely and maintains the full shape of the scene.
It does not matter what you to this, it is an amazing sculpture. I would like to see more of this series of photographs to understand more of the whole. I could not help myself to do something more subdue.
I am now scared. Without using this rendition for my inspiration, My crop comes awfully close to this one, Mr. Moochnek. Coloration is close as well. Well those are probably about the only similarities to my attempt.
So many of this type of shots lean to the airy fairy effect, I tried to take a radical departure. I wanted to emphasize the texture details. I also wanted to bring out some of the features that didn't get much respect. For some reason a square crop seemed to be crying out to me. How did I accomplish or fail to accomplish this effect? If I told you, I would have to.... You know the rest. Anyway, here it is>
In retrospect, I really shouldn't condemn Preston's PP for being anything like mine. After I scrolled back and forth it was easy to see the remarkable difference. Sometimes my OTD & cataracts cloud my vision & judgement.
However, when I see Preston's PP, I still get the same perspective that I was going for.
This is a fascinating image! I need to put this place on my bucket list. Like I said before the one thing that really bugged me about this image was the hot spot. At the time I guess my mind was not open enough to over come it so my only thought was to crop it out. Well after seeing the others work around it I started to see the image a little differently. I actually see too face like figures in this image. The one we have talked about which I think looks like one of the water like figures from the movie the Abyss coming in form the left of the image. Then the other is the partial face or head that seems to be looking down into the slot from the upper right. At first I thought B&W all the way. Then after playing with Nik Effects I started putting filters together and using layer masks to bring out what I wanted form each to enhance the features I wanted, the two face like elements. This was the result, no crop necessary.
For me, I see something more akin to the sphynx or a sphynx-like female with flowing hair. But, like a cloud, we all see different things. For the life of me, I can't see the one you see in the upper right. However; now that you mention it, I can see two other faces. One directly across from the "sphynx", and another near the bottom in the center. Can't imagine what a psychiatrist would think of us at this point as we decipher the Rorschach of this image.
Not sure that I get the rationale of your coloration, nor of many others on here except for Preston's. I do like the way that you bring out some of the detail in the rock.
BTW, I can't see fall colors or watch Moose Peterson's video instructions on shooting autumn colors without thinking of your autumn images.
Fantastic details in the lady Still feel that the ceiling should be darkened Maybe 10-20 more My eyes flow very nicely thru the scene If UFO to my website. I have a lot more shots from there Happy holidays
Really great shot, Preston. One day I hope to be lucky enough to see this place in person.
I thought I'd take a slightly different approach to the opening at the top where the bright light was creating a big highlight area. I figured I'd take some artistic license and pretend that the canyon opening was actually a bit higher up, out of frame, which meant that I'd need to fill in the white highlights with a color and texture that matched the back wall of the canyon.
Before I really got started, I did a quick hue shift to turn a small magenta flare on the left side to blend a little better with the reds in the surrounding area (Image-Adjustment-Hue/Saturation).
Then I selected the white highlight area with Select-Color Range set fairly low, and then used Refine Edge to smooth and feather the edge a bit. Then I cut the pixels in that selection and saved the layer (which now had a cut-out section or "window") as a new image.
To fill in the cut-out pixel areas, I cropped a small section of the light pink wall about a third of the way up, and then copied the crop to a new image. This section wasn't large enough to fill the white highlight area (cut pixels), so I enlarged the crop by about 20% for better coverage. Next, I flipped the crop horizontally. This, plus the enlarged size, helped prevent the fill area from having too obvious a repeating pattern versus the part of the wall I'd cloned. I saved this cropped area as a separate image file, which I then used as a layer to fill in the cut-out pixels.
I copied and pasted the reversed crop image over the general area of bright highlights in the original image layer. Then I pasted the saved layer (the original layer with the highlights cut out like a window) over the original layer with the cropped layer. The "hole" in the saved image where the highlight area had been cut out allowed the cropped image below to show through.
Final edits included a very light Channel Mixer adjustment layer, mixing in some blue channel into the red and green channels to enhance lost details in the red and yellow highlight areas (5% opacity and a luminosity blend mode).
Next, I punched up the overall vibrance of the image. The last step was to add a low-level high pass filter to enhance some of the texture. I erased the high pass filter layer along the highest contrast/sharpest edges to minimize ghosting from the sharpening process.
I actually like it as it is. Ok lets the juice flow as you would say. The first is just over-emphasizing the colours, pushing the red and yellow and playing with curves. the second one is just let get mad!. Jean-luc