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Old 9th December 2008
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Crop and edit this picture

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

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Old 9th December 2008
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What a wonderful idea and challenge!


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.

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Re: Crop and edit this picture

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



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cropped converted to B/W and added a frame lol
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Re: Crop and edit this picture

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.

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Re: Crop and edit this picture

I was thinking of adding two flowerpots and a "Little Weed"

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Re: Crop and edit this picture

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.





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

what a mystical place Ellie

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



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

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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....



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love the green and gold around, and contrasting, the brush head...
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What a great thread!

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Re: Crop and edit this picture

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.
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Re: Crop and edit this picture



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