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03/24/2005 09:55:36 PM · #1
I took this picture along the coast of Ireland last week. I tried to overdo the colors a bit to make it have some jump. (I liked the reds, so I ran with them, but I fear with scissors in hand.) Do you think it was too much?

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Thanks for any help.
03/24/2005 10:01:55 PM · #2


Way too much. What does the original look like?

(I keep thinking original, original. I watched City of Lost Children again last night.)
03/24/2005 10:08:06 PM · #3
Here is the original. It just seems the colors of this place didn't quite come through on the camera because it was taken during mid-day sun.

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03/24/2005 10:11:40 PM · #4
yea too much. try some curves to get any more pop...something I'm kind of learning as I go is that it often seems to be the case that undersaturation is generally a better mistake than over saturation.
03/24/2005 10:14:29 PM · #5
Go back and shoot it again it the early morning or around sunset.
03/24/2005 10:25:27 PM · #6
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How does this look?

Deannda
Just adjusted the curves, hope you don't mind
03/24/2005 10:26:05 PM · #7
All is not lost, though time of day shooting has a huge impact.
Here is a 3-minute edit in PS using levels & curves, along with selective Blue & Cyan Black level increases to bring a little definition in the water:

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03/24/2005 10:33:43 PM · #8
Don't mind at all. Thanks for the quick edits. I did a similar adjustment with just levels and curves first, but it just didn't do it for me when I thought of what the real place looked like.

I guess another lesson learned - I need to move to Ireland.

03/25/2005 12:16:23 AM · #9
Or Alabama. We have some of the most scenic ocean cliffs you have ever seen. You get up early while the fog is still rolling off the moors and go down to the cliffs. Just as the sun come over the ocean fog and the golden red rays hit the cliffs you press the shutter button and you have just captured a small piece of magic. As you slowly make your way back towards home, strolling across the emerald green... oh - wait... that must have been somewhere else.
03/25/2005 12:27:01 AM · #10
ROFL!
Actually was reading away, then glanced back and saw Alabama. DOH!

That's one gotcha' in a row for you!
03/25/2005 12:39:53 AM · #11
A good situation for the use of Fred Miranda's Velvia Vision. I tried it on a saved copy of your original and it works a treat.
03/25/2005 12:46:46 AM · #12
I love that little strip of land in the distance, it almost looks like a rainbow. I noticed it more in the 2nd photo you posted, I guess that was the original. Is there any way to make that stand out more?
03/25/2005 01:45:58 AM · #13
How's this one?

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The original:

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Robt.

Message edited by author 2005-03-25 02:23:21.
03/25/2005 01:53:10 AM · #14
I truly like your version Bear.... very nice indeed.

Ray
03/25/2005 01:58:45 AM · #15
Originally posted by RayEthier:

I truly like your version Bear.... very nice indeed.

Ray


Ain't photoshop wonderful? This was a dance with Selective Color, a waltz I think. NO curves, NO contrast, NO levels, just selective color and the added contrast came from futzing with the black levels of the whites, blacks, and midtones. Plus some burning of the faded sky at the top, and finally some desaturation of the darker foreground hill. And oh, yeah, some cloning to eliminate bright details in that foreground area. No individual selections were used in the editing of this picture, nor were layers required, though I used them for organizational purposes.

Robt.

Message edited by author 2005-03-25 02:21:32.
03/25/2005 02:25:48 AM · #16
Originally posted by bear_music:

How's this one?

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Hehehe - can you tell I was dying for something to do OTHER than fixing a car tonight?
03/25/2005 02:30:14 AM · #17
Dueling Emerald Isles? Come on people, show us yer best stuff....

Robt.
03/25/2005 02:52:36 AM · #18
A few minutes in CS
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03/25/2005 03:33:14 AM · #19
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This is the best version in my opinion.
BradP and bear_music sounds like a good team. Great editing guys!

03/25/2005 07:19:15 AM · #20
You guys are amazing. Thanks much for the inspiration. I guess I still have a long way to go with PS.
03/25/2005 11:11:50 AM · #21
Originally posted by artvet:

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This is the best version in my opinion.
BradP and bear_music sounds like a good team. Great editing guys!


Damned Brad is always beating me, even when it don't count... And we're both from San Diego, even though I've emigrated to Cape Cod... you think that means anything?

Robt.
03/25/2005 11:37:54 AM · #22
Originally posted by bear_music:

Damned Brad is always beating me, even when it don't count... And we're both from San Diego, even though I've emigrated to Cape Cod... you think that means anything?

Yeah - it means you were smarter than me. :)

One of these days I will learn ot use PS to it's potential, but for the mean time, and as quoted in my profile page bio:

"I have no clue what I'm doing here and have somehow
managed to click enough in Photoshop to look like I do."

ROFL
03/25/2005 11:41:05 AM · #23
Most people HERE think I'm insane, THEY all want to go the other way... we are just digging out from the harshest winter in Cape Cod history, 95.5 inches of snow, it snowed and sleeted yesterday facripesake...

ONLY somebody who enters a raindrop as a self portrait would be contrary enough to retire from So Cal to the Northeast, I believe.

Robt.
03/25/2005 12:10:50 PM · #24
Here is my attempt...probably too much editing??
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