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the BIG FIX modification

By blondspice
The BIG FIX Modification Challenge

I posted this old 2008 image of red roses yesterday in the spirit of Valentines day (distant memory) and received numerous wonderful comments and suggested "fixes" for the bright sunlight and deep shadows.

So, here it is, again, please, anyone, who knows how, please fix it. I would love to see modifications.

All modifications welcome.

Thanks so much.


Tags: General Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated

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RonnieAG Plus
12 154 119 Scotland
16 Feb 2011 4:33AM
I have offered a mod. for you, Krystal, and I hope it goes some way in meeting with your approval. A lovely bouquet which you have attempted to capture under very extreme lighting, and which I think you have captured rather nicely given that strong unidirectional light.
blondspice 11 7 United States
16 Feb 2011 5:23AM
Absolutely definitely a HUGE improvement GrinGrinGrin
Thanks Ronnie, beautiful work, I love your Modificaiton.

RonnieAG Plus
12 154 119 Scotland
16 Feb 2011 7:33AM
Came back to see what your response was, Krystal. I meant to mention above that when you tackle a subject like this with very strong sunshine backlighting the subject, there is usually a compromise to be accepted between how you might visualise the result and what can actually be achieved. Anyway, glad you find the mod. acceptable.
Ray42 14 3 England
16 Feb 2011 7:35AM

Quote:I think you have captured rather nicely given that strong unidirectional light.

I agree and like the mod posted too by Ronnie - also the eye is drawn to the bright white area in the top left hand corner
Tooth 17 5.8k 227 Ireland
16 Feb 2011 11:27AM
Hi Krystal

Ronnie has successfully brought out detail in the dark mid-tones because there was detail there in the original. However, the darkest shadows and blown-out highlights haven't been affected because black is black and white is white, with no detail in either.

The histogram is a good guide of this and well worth getting to understand (there's bound to be a tutorial about it on here somewhere). A peak at the very left of the graph signifies black shadow, and a peak touching the right side signifies blown out highlights. For this reason it's good practice to use the histogram as you're shooting, to check that there are no areas with irretrievable lost detail

16 Feb 2011 5:50PM
Ok, so here is another Mod for you Krystal. Ronnie did a good job with first Mod.
Hope you like it

banehawi Plus
18 2.7k 4314 Canada
16 Feb 2011 5:59PM
Krystal, this image is not fixable in the sense that the completely overexposed portions can never be recovered as they contain no data from the camera. The mod uses a highlight recovery method that can deal only with a small range of highlights that still contain data, - and it dies look better, bit there a lot of blown areas still present.

The fact that you shot nto the light, and got decent detail on the roses is in itself an achievement, - but snce youve not loaded any shot details at all I can comment of if you used a fill flash, exposure compensation etc, - perhaps you dont still have the exif data.

Looks like you were after the nice light through the vase, along with the flowers, and in retrospect you may have achieved a better result if you had moved so that you were not shooting directly into the light, - moved to one side, shot from higher pov, etc, - any position to get your shot and eliminate the blown highlights.

Loaded a mod with highlights and shadows recovered as much as the original quality would allow, and cloned in the couch top left which tends to draw the eye away from the table. The highlight and shadow work is done using a dedicated tool in CS4 for this purpose.

Hope this is helpful


blondspice 11 7 United States
16 Feb 2011 6:45PM
Very nice artistic save Willie Smile great idea to fill the light top left corner with a paintbrushGrin
Actually this was a quick snapshot in 2008. You guessed right. I wanted a picture of my beautiful red roses - I liked the clear transparency of the glass. I was not at all concerned about background detail whtsoever at that time.
Just a quick snapshot not to forget.
THANKS for the super job fixing the image it looks excellent.
I still love my red roses and will always remember why I got them Wink

leman 11 5 United States
17 Feb 2011 7:59PM
Reading these comments, Ronnie, you sound like a polite gentleman.
There is a kind way about you. Just my observation.

Chinga Plus
11 102 3 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2011 8:43PM
Nice work!
acousticmist 12 10 1 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2011 12:20PM
Beautifully captured.......Martin
Suehh 15 39 6 England
21 Feb 2011 9:31PM
Hi Krystal - the comp of your image is lovely but the image is very hard on the eyes - the mods are great with Wilie's being the most successful - that cloning of the colour on the left hand top makes such a difference and softens the whole image. Beautiful roses and I can see why you wanted a special memory of them.

24 Sep 2011 9:01PM
Excellent shot. The light penetrates through the bowl is delicious.
Regards, Oleg.

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