Challenge: Window Shopping II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm IS USM
Location: Madison, WI
Date: Dec 11, 2010
Galleries: Humorous, Urban
Date Uploaded: Dec 11, 2010
|I really liked the idea behind this challenge. I'm not much for street shooting, as I'm naturally introverted and shy, so I don't like bringing out my camera around people. But this type of challenge forces me to shoot in an uncomfortable situation, which is very good for me.
On a sleeting Saturday morning, I took my camera with my brand new 15-85 lens to State Street, Madison. There were a number of good opportunities, but nothing great was coming up. That is, until I walked past this very quirky hat store called Sacred Feather. This particular head really stuck out at me, so I found a nice angle, and grabbed the shot. I really enjoyed how this turned out, especially with the reflection in his glasses. Then I ran it through Topaz adjust, and it turned into something very cool (in my opinion). I just hope I don't get too many low votes from the snow reflection across the face (it couldn't be helped).
* Increase Exposure
* Increase Black Point
* Topaz Adjust
* Increase Definition
* Increase Saturation with lower Vibrancy
* Burn and Polarize (multiply) the main reflections to reduce intensity slightly
* Export to Tiff
* Resize to 1600px
* Sharpen Edges
* Resize to 800px
* Sharpen Edges
* Save for Web
This is the first time I have tried the resize/sharpen/resize/sharpen technique. I'm not sure that I did it perfectly correct, but the end result was actually a lot cleaner than using Unsharp Mask just before saving for web, so I may try that more often.
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