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A church door.

By xwang
I put this one on is that I'm trying to know a bit about PS, second is that I'm trying to make a 'boring' photo more 'interesting'...Grin rather than a record shot. I might have made it worse than the original( will be uploaded on V2 later), but I would like to give a try and learn something new...Have I made it worse?I'd like to have your thoughts. Welcome your ideas and MODs. My intention is to emphases the door. I started by thinking that the wall was a bit flat when I looked at the original, I found a filter called Fressco, but the ground came out with 'waves' after the filter, so I tried accented edges filter to get rid of the 'waves' on the ground, and then.. >gradient layers B&W> put a bit colour back around the door by using brush> darken and blurred the edge. Thanks.
UPDATE: V3 for Pamela. To say thanks and understanding...Grin

Tags: Church Architecture Door Digitally manipulated

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 12:03PM
IMHO you have worked this image wonderfully, adding a splash of creativity and inventiveness in order to produce a very fine and pleasing piece of work

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 12:19PM
In my view V2 is a much more attractive photo. The shadow at the top of the door is a little too dark otherwise good warm colours.
V1 does not really look either BW or colour and for me lacks impact and the interest of the warm sandstone.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
11 Apr 2013 12:28PM
I agree with Nathan. Wonderful work!
gwynn56 6 87 England
11 Apr 2013 12:28PM
nice image though prefer v2 Smile
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
11 Apr 2013 1:45PM
The time to minimize your post processing workload is when you compose the original shot.

As an example, - why shoot this from the side? Why not straight on, fill the frame with the door and frame?

V2 is certainly better in comparison, but we dont know what type of look you were after with the post processing. If you let us know we can help more.

Ive uploaded a very distorted mod of you original to try yo show it straight on, - its not perfect, but you may see it makes a better shot.


barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 2:03PM
you have done what you set out to do ....
must admit I love the original
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
11 Apr 2013 2:10PM
It is good to experiment Jasmine !! I do prefer V2 though Smile keep on until you like your end result Smile
11 Apr 2013 2:34PM
I do prefer V2, Jasmine, as its light is more soft.
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 3:07PM
I much prefer V2.
xwang 9 56 8
11 Apr 2013 4:59PM
Thank you all for the comments..Smile
Thank you Willie for your MOD.
Quote:why shoot this from the side? Why not straight on, fill the frame with the door and frame?

Good question. It seems that A lot of buildings I shoot side way,more than straight on, unless I need to show the symmetry.
When I started, I didn't have a fixed vision what it should turn out. I'm interested in something new, something different. I wanted to emphasize the door. I thought that there was a lot of filters on PS, I rarely use them, I would never know if I don't try..I didn't(don't) know any of the effect would be.. but when I finished it, I got a vague idea form this result. I want "loose" the wall, to make the door stand out.. loose, perhaps meant B&W it, make the wall slightly as high key, keep the door as it is...These wall and ground perhaps are too heavy...too much black. I'll keep trying.. Thanks again.Smile
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2015 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 7:09PM
I know how you love to "play" with your images, Jasmine, and to learn new techniques, which is to be applauded. Thankyou for uploading the original.
I am drawn to the colour version. I want to walk that bit of path and knock on that little circular knocker, or even try the door to see if it will open, and go inside to explore. That's what the colour version evokes. Not so the mono. I find it a little imposing, I don't want to approach it or venture inside. I would probably stay awhile to appreciate its age and decorative relief, but not for long. Can you understand my different feelings towards the different images? That's not to say that V1 lacks impact, but it doesn't give me the more pleasant feelings of V2. Whatever emotion an image evokes, it's the fact that it DOES make the viewer feel something that's important. So there is my dilemma, each has its individual merits.
xwang 9 56 8
11 Apr 2013 9:09PM
Thank you Pamela, I have that kind of image for you!Grin What am I going to do? I'll upload what you like on V3, especially for you. I have taken these kind of images a lot.. I thought that maybe a time for change...I definitely understand how you feel...from the first MOD you did for me.
I'll upload V3 for you.Smile
paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2013 10:27PM
V2 is a nicely done pictorial record. V1 looses detail in the brickwork. I would stay with colour with this. V3 is. Good general record, but has no real impact.

xwang 9 56 8
13 Apr 2013 12:18AM
Thank you very much,Paul. I'll keep trying...Smile
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2015 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2013 5:14PM
I'm staying with V2, Jasmine, that door is still inviting, but thankyou for trying to please me.

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