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By FrogTastic  
uBud - Indonesia

Tags: Black and white Old man

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paulbroad 10 123 1195 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2011 8:51AM
This is super. A cracking shot, werll composed and works in sepia but - it needs brightening up. Sepia images lack contrast because the process removes all true black. Use the brightening tool and/or a little dodging to have a real winner.

See mod - does it work?


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banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3771 Canada
2 Jul 2011 12:55PM
A terrific shot Jacques. I love the angle of the bamboo pole, the expression the fact he is so happy to have the shot taken, and the depth of field that shows both baskets.

Can be improved with a few easy tweaks. The exposure of the original shot was likely influenced by the bright sky, and coupled with the fact the bright area is behind the man, he effectively backlit, so the result is a little under exposed. Use of a fill flash may have helped. Adding the tone has further reduced brightness, - and if I were to guess, you may have done this to tame the sky.

So I loaded three mods. In the first, Ive gone back to the mono original, and adjusted brightness, and toned down the sky. I used curves and threshold for brightness, and the highlight tool in CS4 for the sky, which has also brought back some clouds; mod2 is a very light sepia tone; and mod 3 is a tri tone effect that looks a little different. The brightness correction has been carried through the two toned version.

Its a wonderful shot, and I hope you find this helpful,


FrogTastic 7 52 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2011 3:24PM
Paul, Frank and Willie - Thank you so much for your time and advice.
FrogTastic 7 52 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2012 11:08PM
Thank you all, ive very new to Photoshop and my editing skills are limited at best.

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