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Ellie
9th December 2008, 01:23 PM
A while ago I saw a site that invited people to crop and edit a simple picture. The results were quite astonishing, so was the information about how/what was done to achieve the results.

I thought it was a good idea, but lost the site, so I wondered if we could do the same sort of thing here with people offering pictures to be edited, without any comment on the quality etc of the original, and see what happens.

I think we (some of us) could learn quite a lot.

This one's for starters.

It was taken through a gap in a fence on a very bright day

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/694/romsey_PB119344.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/10965)

Fluffy
9th December 2008, 02:04 PM
What a wonderful idea and challenge!
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/try1.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=10969)

I thought the original was too dark and busy. I picked out the area I thought most interesting: the broom, a human thing, in a natural setting, contrasted with the wonder moss covered (I think) crook of the tree. I cropped it as I do whn there's not a good reason not to, to standard US printing size, or letter size (our A4). A portrait orientation seemed clearly superior. Then I went to work on the photo in PS. I tried (and didn't do a great job) to bring up some blue in the sky. Then I tweaked the curves to lighten things up and try to bring up the moss as best I could. I made a few other minor changes, but mostly this was the Curves command. I need to do something about the slighly overexposed area in the top right corner.

This is really a great idea.

Steve

art frames
9th December 2008, 02:38 PM
Steve/Fluffy I like the crop but I am feeling more playful.

Well I just thought the brush was worth working with. It is cut out on a floating layer to allow me to use the layer properties and create a soft drop shadow. The photo was relit with shadow/highlight and the black lines just help to tie it together

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/655/brush.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/10970)

What do you think?

Naticle
9th December 2008, 02:42 PM
cropped converted to B/W and added a frame lol
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a285/Bosister/romsey_PB119344copy.jpg

Fluffy
9th December 2008, 02:49 PM
Peter, that's really neat! I like it.

Nat, I thought of b&w too, and I'm glad you tried it. It works well.

This is going to be a neat thread.

Thanks, Ellie.

Steve

Graham_of_Rainham
9th December 2008, 02:50 PM
I was thinking of adding two flowerpots and a "Little Weed" :D

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/GoR_romsey_PB119344.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/10972)

andym
9th December 2008, 02:52 PM
Just a very quick edit on my un-calibrated work PC.

Curves,slight saturation on the green and yellows and a very small amount of USM.


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/romsey_PB119344.jpeg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=10971)


Oh and I forgot,a not very good crop ie didn't quite get rid of all the drain pipe on the left.

Nick Temple-Fry
9th December 2008, 03:16 PM
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/xrop_romsey_PB119344_cur_flipl.jpg

Nick

photo_owl
9th December 2008, 04:21 PM
what a mystical place Ellie

couldn't bring myself to crop it as I loved every element I found in your capture...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3095/3095883584_9a3e412d3e_o.jpg

quick and dirty - immediate impression was that I wanted a simple fairytale book illustration look

open in ACR
auto + 100% recovery to bring back detail at any cost
reduce the luminance in blue and orange
increase the saturation for red, orange, green and blue to give more focus to the obvious elements in the image

open in PS
shadow/highlight (5%) + 30% midtone contrast
duplicate layer, colourdodge mode, filter/styilise/find edges, 70% opacity to bring back a bit of the non lines elements
eraser tool at 10% on that layer to selectively bring back the tree trunk and the bit of the wall
flatten, brightness and contrast to taste
save and post

Makonde
9th December 2008, 04:38 PM
Not enough pixel info to do much. I too thought of making it mystical:

"I'll be right back," said the Witch. And with that, she was gone, leaving just her broomstick in the gathering twilight of Tangly Wood....

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/romsey_tweaked.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/10976)

PS:and I have only 'Toys'R'Us' software LOL

photo_owl
9th December 2008, 04:57 PM
love the green and gold around, and contrasting, the brush head...

Nick Temple-Fry
9th December 2008, 04:59 PM
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/xrop_romsey_PB119344_weave_2.jpg

Nick

Ian
9th December 2008, 05:11 PM
What a great thread! :D

Ian

Makonde
9th December 2008, 05:12 PM
Oops - forgot to comment on methods:
For me, the image presented with insufficient resolution. The only clear subject was the broom; dynamic range was too great for the sensor, the backlight washed out the highlights and left the remaining colours in the foreground under-exposed and a tad insipid. I wanted to make it richer, darker with more focus for the eye on the foreground - broom; and still vibrant.

So - cropped down to the broom. It wouldn't take much sharpening. Worked on providing more colour, light and contrast in the foreground. Selected out the leaves on the floor and pumped up the reds and yellows a bit. Inverse selection to darken the highlights in the background.

Created duplicate layer and applied pin lighting effect to spotlight the head of the broom and its immediate surroundings. Did something else but can't recall what that was! Blended back in as a normal layer. Flattened.

Selected out the white air in the background (using fuzziness of 40) and replaced with very dark blue to produce the deep background 'Tangly Wood' effect and the impression of gathering gloom. That left the tree trunks which could be made livelier - selection and some sharpening plus either poster edges or ink outlines - forget which I chose in the end. That's it.

PaulE
9th December 2008, 05:21 PM
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/challenge.jpg

A result of loads of messing - I can't remember what I actually did altogether :o but the main thing was the Indian Summer filter in Nik Colour Efex Pro.

Nick Temple-Fry
9th December 2008, 05:21 PM
oops -

First was a mono - contrast - sharpen - page curl - flip

Second - up saturation - edge detect - colourify (in a new layer) and partial merge back - play with red/green saturation - seperately up red saturation on pot - weave.

Nick

Makonde
9th December 2008, 05:30 PM
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/challenge.jpg



That's nice!

snaarman
9th December 2008, 07:37 PM
OK, lets go down in the jungle...

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/622/croptest.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/10984)

Pete

andym
9th December 2008, 08:07 PM
Severely tone mapped


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/romsey_PB119344-2_-3_-1.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=10985)

In Photomatix

Makonde
9th December 2008, 08:11 PM
Yikes - Warhol !

And now:

"Some weeks after she left him, he decided to clean the place up. He found the broom after a while..."
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/romsey_tweaked2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/10986)

andym
9th December 2008, 08:20 PM
[QUOTE=Makonde;33473]Yikes - Warhol !

More like Mescaline;)

Here the same picture cropped and with a little adjustment in photoshop.


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/romsey_PB119344-2_-3_-11.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=10987)

theMusicMan
9th December 2008, 08:39 PM
Just back from London and spotted this thread... super thread it is too! Here's my stab at amending the image.

Method: create 2 images from original at +-1 EV, open in Photomatix and play!!

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/590/ellie-rework.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/10988)

gno
9th December 2008, 08:50 PM
A while ago I saw a site that invited people to crop and edit a simple picture. The results were quite astonishing, so was the information about how/what was done to achieve the results.

I thought it was a good idea, but lost the site, so I wondered if we could do the same sort of thing here with people offering pictures to be edited, without any comment on the quality etc of the original, and see what happens.

I think we (some of us) could learn quite a lot.

This one's for starters.

It was taken through a gap in a fence on a very bright day



Brilliant idea Ellie

Regards

Gavin

Glen Bentley
9th December 2008, 09:33 PM
After August Macke
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/romsey_PB119344a.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=10989)

Adobe Elements 7.0 and crop

ndl0071
10th December 2008, 01:36 PM
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/challenge.jpg

A result of loads of messing - I can't remember what I actually did altogether :o but the main thing was the Indian Summer filter in Nik Colour Efex Pro.


Easily my fav, well done, keep twiddling:)

Great thread Ellie.

Nick Temple-Fry
10th December 2008, 04:21 PM
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Ellie_oil.jpg

Levels/Curves to emphasise what colours/contrasts there are
Duplicate Layer
GIMP oilify with large smear and exponent
merge back at about 60% to bring back the definition

Nick

crimbo
10th December 2008, 07:48 PM
http://www.paddle.shetland.co.uk/romsey_PB119344.jpg

CS2, Martin Hensons Contrast Grading (http://www.runboard.com/bthedigitalmonochromeforum.f47), HSL colorize 47,6 and a vignette of the corners

Ellie
10th December 2008, 08:30 PM
Wow! What an amazing response.

I haven't got a favourite, I'm very surprised by the variation though. There are some brilliant results from your hard work *chr

When this picture's run its course I hope somebody else will post a new one