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Re: Editing Challenge

Originally Posted by art frames View Post
Thank you to everyone who voted for my fairly safe and direct approach to the challenge. I hope those that chose to be creative and dramatic will be winners in subsequent challenges.

Let me give my own views on the entries and why I did what I did.

Firstly, I agree with OM User on his view of the starting image. A good challenge, lots of issues and a nice image in there but quite well hidden.

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If I have said something too bluntly then I apologise. Please feel free to tell me off!
Thank you for adding your comments on all the entries Peter. I agree with all of them to some degree and with your assessment of the original image. I had not thought of cloning out the large gravestones and you had done it so so well I that hadn't noticed. Perhaps the others who voted would add their comments as well.

Originally Posted by art frames View Post
I have re-run my edit and although it isn't exactly the same it is near enough to try and share what I did and why. I made it bigger here but apologise that it is so big!

Step one was to find the crop to establish what image I was looking for. I tried many things but it worked best when I lost the 4:3 format. I also tried to correct the verticals and gently increase the height. Some of that may be in the submission, but I went simple for this rerun.

Step two involved some work in lightroom. These settings are quite strong but the image was soft and washed out so I needed to push more than I would normally do. The cloning was done at an early stage to remove gravestones etc. Plus it needed sharpening to give a sort of focus. Not standard for me.

Step three involved taking the image into photoshop to sort out the colour and sparkle. I still haven't quite managed to achieve the original blue in the sky

Final steps were about dealing with noise using a plug-in and sharpening the tiff after noise reduction.
Good to know how you did it. I wonder how many people use a number of editing applications on a tricky image - does this mean that there is not one app that rules them all?
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