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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Galleries: Animals, Digital Art
Date Uploaded: Feb 6, 2007

Viewed: 2532
Comments: 25
Favorites: 19 (view)

Just having some fun. Btw, those are real bats just taken from another photo of mine.

Editing Steps:

1. Raw conversion - used default values.
2. Tone mapping - applied to duplicated layer.
3. Duplicated original layer - applied above tone mapping layer using lighten blending. This brought back the highlights that the tone mapping dimmed.
4. Flatten layers
5. Shadow/highlights - applied to duplicate layer.
6. Bat photo import - copied bats from another photo of mine with background masked out. Duplicated some of them to cast shadows on main subjects.
7. Neatimage - applied to duplicate flatten layer.
8. Burning - used to darken shadows that were brightened too much as the result of previous steps. Used an opacity of 7% with multiply blending selected.
9. Cloning - used to remove part of a person on the left edge and remove other imperfections.
10. Curves - used to darken overall image with main subjects masked out.
11. Lucis Arts Sculpture Filter - applied to duplicate flatten layer. Results increase overall contrast.
12. Dodging - used to brighten shadows on main subjects.
13. Noise Reduction filter - PS version applied to reduce overall noise.
14. Gradient map (light brown to black) - used in color blending mode to give it a brownish color and lower overall contrast.
15. Brightness/Contrast - used to bring up contrast back up (+4 brightness/ +19 contrast) while masking out highlights that were clipping previously.
16. Duplicate original layer - used to add some original color back to the main subjects. Applied at 30% opacity with lighten blending.
17. Curves - used to tweak tones (all channels).
18. Shadow/highlights - applied to even out tones some more.
19. Smart sharpen - applied to whole image.
20. Color Balance - used to give the image a more reddish/yellowish look.
21. Unsharp mask - applied to duplicate flatten layer to provide more local contrast (amount 22, radius 80, threshold 1).
22. Logo - added barcardi logo at bottom
23. Flatten layers and saved for web.

Original
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_465830.jpg

Alternative version (doesn't use Lucis Arts filter)

Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_465835.jpg

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06/09/2008 10:52:59 PM
GENIUS! WOW... I flipped back and forth between the original and the final product and was transfixed with your expertise and talent. Reminded me of 21.gif kiwiness (if you don't mind the comparison). Stunning - and inspirational - work. I can't wait to see what you come up with next!!!
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07/08/2007 02:46:13 AM
You're a genious!!
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06/27/2007 04:56:38 PM
This is automatically reminded me of Anime art. Final Fantasy, to be precise. I actually didn't think it was an edited photo at first. Simply amazing!
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03/03/2007 08:40:58 AM
Astounding, great job.
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03/03/2007 07:20:20 AM
This is Awesome, I love it
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02/19/2007 07:42:10 PM
Love the ''bat shadows"! Were these models or did you just happen upon this colorful pair? I love everything about the original and the photoshopped one.
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02/18/2007 04:37:34 PM
Wow, this is incredible. What exactly is the Lucas Arts Filter?

Jack
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02/18/2007 03:57:37 PM
this is totally amazing. Love it man! fav
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02/09/2007 07:31:44 PM
awesome job!! Thanks for the editing steps, not that I could ever do anything like this! Great work.
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02/09/2007 12:30:42 AM
Editing steps added.
02/08/2007 08:45:45 PM
Wow very cool. Great processing, just enough not overdone.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/08/2007 07:03:38 AM
This is fantastic! WOW
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02/08/2007 01:29:44 AM
Hey, so is that guano in her cup? Did you take this on a planet with two suns? Are they leaning against a large blue reptile? Can you pour me a Batcardi and coke? Batty, man. But cute ;-)
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02/08/2007 01:24:08 AM
Is this the LucasArts filter? (I want that filter, but it's a bit pricey!)
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02/07/2007 12:39:03 AM
ha! this a popular photo right now. Honestly I'm not loving the processing, but the bats...oh the bats, and the idea, are enough to get my vote... plus the reality of the clothes and the hair....

honestly, i'd like to see some other versions of this shot.
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02/07/2007 12:15:22 AM
friggin cool photo! wish i could perform such post-editing someday
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02/07/2007 12:07:24 AM
WOW!!
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02/06/2007 11:58:13 PM
DUDE!!!!!
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02/06/2007 11:49:32 PM
All I can say is WOW, this is so cool!!
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02/06/2007 11:49:32 PM
really amazing. you really need to make a tutorial on this processing or just send me a pm. i have seen a few from before where you were heading towards this and you haev blown those others away.
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02/06/2007 11:38:12 PM
OMG! You must reveal your secrets. LOL
This is enchanting!!
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02/06/2007 11:33:39 PM
Excellent work! This is talent at it's best.
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02/06/2007 11:21:36 PM
Outstanding, great PP. LOve it.
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02/06/2007 07:10:10 PM
Truely "awsome" processing here Richard, and "WOW" what an image.....
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02/06/2007 06:24:59 PM
this is outstanding
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