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02/07/2013 - 11:07 PM

French Alley

French Alley
Quote: CS6 does have the lighting effects Bren. Might be in a different place, will check when Im home.


Thanks Willie,

It shows up in the same place (filters, render) but it's greyed out.
It would be really useful to know where it really is, or if there's a particular way to access it.
At the moment, I still return to CS5 when I need it.

24/06/2013 - 9:42 PM

The Gift

The GiftHi Ken,

This is a great shot with which to open your pf.

Well lit, everything's as well focused as it possibly can be and as Rod says, the black background works a treat.
If I was to change anything at all, it would be to remove the 'white bits' in the background, one's another bird, I guess.

Others might say that the bird's too central. Personally, I have scant regard for the so-called 'rules of composition' and I'm sure you also have an opinion. If it looks OK to you, then that's all that matters.
I'll look forward to seeing some more of your offerings.

I understand that you've placed a watermark on this by accident. The explanation re. how not to do it again is in the forum thread that Rod began.

Well done, I hope this helps.

06/05/2013 - 1:20 AM

Holy Men of the Kumbh

Holy Men of the KumbhHi Elaine,
You haven't done badly at all here.
There are some obvious flaws but nothing that couldn't easily be put right with a bit more tweaking.
Do you use a stylus and tablet to clone these or are they done using the mouse?
Although I struggle with mine a lot of the time, a lot of people suggest that a tablet's the way ro go for fairly serious cloning.
An alternative would have been to remove the men and/or the background, depending on the method you use and replace the background entirely.

You could use one of the dozens of 'spare' ones that you shot on your travels for just that purpose.

You did shoot dozens of spares . . . ?

. . . didn't you?

Self Portrait - Another AttemptHi Stevie,
Yes, whether or not to flip these over. It's a bit of a grey area. Either way is correct, I guess!
I've just had another thought. Had you considered cropping and cloning it to remove the tripod head and the stuff on the RHS?
29/03/2013 - 6:49 PM

Enduro mountain biker

Enduro mountain bikerGoods this, isn't it . . . ? !

I'd be inclined to crop out the flash though. There's not much else going on in that side of the image, so I don't think the crop would detract from it in any way.

28/03/2013 - 8:40 PM

"Plenty of Room"

"Plenty of Room"
Quote: I have had the sheer pleasure of a flight in this wonderful old lady Smile

Same here!

The verticals certainly look vertical and the grid in CS6 would appear to confirm it.

The fenceline running up to the nose of the aircraft looks to be awry due to perspective; the fact that it's running away from you.
The short stretch of horizon to the right of the tail fin is, in fact, horizontal, so I reckon that the fence through the middle that's seemingly sloping to the left, really is doing just that. It's the shape of the land.
You won't be able to straighten it without un-straightening something else.

Hope this helps.

18/03/2013 - 10:22 PM

Man in Picadilly Circus

Man in Picadilly CircusHi again Jonny,

I know precisely where you were standing and I don't imagine you'll be very popular placing a tripod there!
However, I quite like all the clutter in the background but the railings around the entrance to the tube are a bit distracting.
You could try stepping to the left to avoid them which would add more clutter to your shot.
Another idea would be to get down lower, perhaps even quite a lot lower although that would mean stepping well to the left to avoid the really bright signs in the background here.
As Nick says, I'd up the ISO a bit too.

03/03/2013 - 8:03 PM

The Hermitage

The HermitageI've uploaded a mod. with a few tweaks.
I opened the image in CS6 and applied the shadows/highlights tool, just at its default settings.
I then selected a black and a white threshold using curves and finally converted it to sRGB.
Hope this helps.

Did i Pick the wrong color today ?Hiya Prabh,
I like this, including all that wall.
The lady's face alone makes the shot. As has been said, it's very busy but I rather like that in some images.
Cropping the top seems like a good idea and Willie's covered the colour.
Keep up the good work!

23/02/2013 - 8:18 PM


ReflectionHi Prabh,

The first thing that I thought when I saw this was that you'd got carried away with the processing, notably because of the sea. Then I thought that the grass doesn't look overly saturated; well, perhaps slightly but it was the sea that was catching my attention.
Having read what you've said above, it all makes a lot more sense.
I can't see a blue cast either; the white bits look white on here. There's a lot of very strong blue in there though. Perhaps it's a trick of the light.
I suppose you could get rid of the bin and bags but these days, inspired by a certain Mr. McFade, unless there's a tree or a lamppost growing from someone's ear, I no longer clone things that were there when I took the shot.
The central horizon looks OK to me but you know my views on the so-called "rules."
I'd be more concerned about the speck of dirt directly above the right hand concrete bench end; just above the first and farthest, cloud formation.
Hope this helps.

23/02/2013 - 2:16 PM


ChildhoodThe image is quite soft and there's a high degree of contrast which, I think, appears a little exaggerated by the vignette.
It would have been nice to seen one or two of their faces too. Perhaps you could have called out to them. That usually turns up a couple of surprised, completely natural, expressions.
The composition as it is doesn't bother me, although it might have been improved if you'd got down to their level.
Also the boy to the right has had his foot cropped off.

Hope this helps.

23/02/2013 - 2:05 PM

Morning in Pangandaran

Morning in PangandaranTaking a lead from Prabh, I've I've produced a mod in which I've made a slight alteration to the colour balance, then I selectively increased the saturation in the yellow and red channels only which has brought just a touch of colour to the sky.
I've made a similar crop (16x9), removing a slice from the LHS in the process.
Finally, I (smart) sharpened it 50%@0.8.
As for it being to dark, personally, I'd say not. It was taken quite early in the morning when the light, or the lack of it, was as we see it here.
You could brighten it; I prefer to use curves to lighten it but it's not something that I'd do.

12/02/2013 - 10:46 PM

Beach Grass and Ocean

Beach Grass and OceanThe inclusion of the grass does work but personally, I'd have a bit less of it.
I've uploaded a mod. in which I've cropped the bottom and LHS a little.
(That's probably knocked everything off of its thirds but I don't conform to any of the so-called rules of composition.)
Also, it's a little flat. I've made a slight curves adjustment to increase contrast and lift the colours.
Hope this helps.

12/02/2013 - 10:27 PM

a change of pace

a change of paceI'm going to take a completely different approach to you Prabh!

I've gone for a tighter crop, concentrating on the seemingly still figures coming through the doorway and keeping just the most prominent blurred ones in the middle. Given more time, I'd also lose the arm that's intruding on the right.
This also removes the slightly converging verticals (not that I'm bothered by them, as most of you will know) and it balances the light a little better.

Not an improvement necessarily; just an alternative.

22/10/2012 - 3:06 PM

Morning at Estuary

Morning at EstuaryI wouldn't straighten this.
The true horizon, way off in the background is adequately level and the secondary one, the top of the river bank only falls away very slightly, in proportion to the waterline due to perspective.
Rotating it will leave the trees and flagpoles etc. leaning over.
The Easy Way to get about? Perhaps not.The slogan on the bus and that woman's face make the photograph for me!

You'd have fared a bit better where composition's concerned if you'd stood back a little (if you were able to, of course) and got the whole of the pick-up in the frame; you'd also have got all of the guy on the left and the top of the bus as well. As it is, it's all a bit crowded.

I fact, thinking about it, I might crop the whole of the top off to just above the 'easy way slogan. I think that that's the best part of the image.

Hope this helps.

16/10/2012 - 8:24 PM

Bombers Moon

Bombers MoonI like what you've done here. The 'night time' effect works well.
I'm not sure that the light on the Lancaster is falling from the correct direction(s) though and in reality, the bomb doors would only be open in level flight.
Also, I think that the moon's too large.
Some ideas perhaps?
Hope this helps.

03/10/2012 - 10:32 PM

Curiosity Shop

Curiosity ShopHi Elaine,

I've had a go at your original too.
Instead of using Topaz, which seems to have an effect all of its own, I simply applied a white threshold and a gentle 'S' curve.
I didn't correct the verticals in the usual sense, because I found that that just caused distortion and the RHS side looks vertical enough to me anyway. Instead, I used the distort tool to pull the top left corner vertically a bit. That's corrected the LHS somewhat but without distorting it.
I used CS6, I'm not sure if the curves tool in Elements will be able to give you the same effect but it's an idea.
Hope this helps.

22/09/2012 - 8:39 PM

Morning Sky

Morning SkyYour camera's sensor has been confused by the brightness of the sky next to the dark building and earth and the camera's tried to compromise as it's exposed the image.
The histogram reaches both sides but there's a peak, unsurprisingly, in the centre which represents the sun.
There's quite a bit of detail to be found in the building; it's not cropped, there's just not much foreground.
I've uploaded a mod. in which I added a duplicate layer, which I adjusted using curves to lighten the building.
I then used the history brush to expose the original image, leaving the parts (the building and trees) which I'd just altered.
Finally, I flattened it and saved it.
It was all done quite quickly and it probably shows!
You'd get a better result using (a copy of) your much larger original.

Hope this helps.

14/09/2012 - 10:42 AM

wheal coates

wheal coatesHi Darren, welcome to Epz.

Another approach.
In my mod., I desaturated the blue channel only, until the sky and sea were less blue. This worked but unsurprisingly, left a red/magenta cast, so I individually desaturated those channels by what seemed an appropriate amount as well.
That's also affected the saturation in the building and the foreground, which I personally, think were oversaturated to begin with.
At this size, it's hard to say what's causing that halo effect but opening it up in Photoshop, it does look to have been pretty well sharpened. Perhaps just a shade too much.
Hope this helps.