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Auriol

By mgts24
I was commissioned to photograph houses and their owners. This was the first.

Tags: Architecture Portraits and people

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mgts24 5 6 United Kingdom
11 May 2011 2:07AM
Before anyone jumps in! I am not happy with the way this is displaying: it's sharper than this. I uploaded a file that is 600 ppi on the long side, but for some reason this is being displayed too large, hence the graininess/fuzzyness. Any suggestions?

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jabe 5 10 4 United Kingdom
11 May 2011 4:38AM
Grin i like this , nice natural and good compositionSad
mgts24 5 6 United Kingdom
11 May 2011 9:48AM
Correstion: that's 600 pi on the long side, not 600 ppi.
PhillipMinnis 6 94 4 Australia
11 May 2011 9:51AM
I think it's a good image! The woman standing where she is in front of her home is well-positioned.....it does tell the story! Good job!


Cheers

Phil
Jestertheclown 7 7.3k 249 England
11 May 2011 9:38PM
It's displaying ayt 467x600px. which I guess is what it should be.
It is a bit soft though. Did you sharpen it as the final task before you uploaded it? Some sharpness can often get lost in the uploading process and I think it's more apparrent with these smaller images.
The same problem applies when I upload a mod on here. Again, I think it's because of the downsizing and I have to deliberately oversharpen them to get the right result once they're in place.

I've uploaded a mod. in which I've applied an "S" curve to add a little contrast as I think your original's a bit flat and I've desaturated it slightly overall, the again using just the green channel.
Finally, I sharpened it.

Hope this helps,

Bren.
mgts24 5 6 United Kingdom
11 May 2011 11:34PM
Thanks Bren, that's exactly the sort of help I was looking for. I did sharpen it before uploading, but clearly not enough. I do like the saturation of the original, as it was shot on Velvia. In the end, we only get an approximation viewing these photos online. I will do a bit of tweaking, and upload a new version.

Thanks
Michael
Jestertheclown 7 7.3k 249 England
12 May 2011 8:20AM

Quote:as it was shot on Velvia.

Whops! I missed that, other wise I wouldn't have looked at the saturatiom.
Using Velvia, you've probably got exactly what you wanted.
dudler Plus
12 398 801 England
27 Mar 2013 11:43AM
I was never a fan of Velvia: Agfachrome professional's neutral tones were always far more to my liking - and Velvia was a disaster for figure work and portraits.

It works here, though, brilliantly (appropraitely), because of the house and garden being colourful, and a major part of the picture.

Lovely composition, too. Subtle and measured.

Sharpness is frustrating: as the owner of a 45mm f/4 Pentax lens, and a 67 for it to live on, I understand just how much sharper the original wil lbe than any digital process can capture...
mgts24 5 6 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2013 11:58AM

Quote:I was never a fan of Velvia: Agfachrome professional's neutral tones were always far more to my liking - and Velvia was a disaster for figure work and portraits.

It works here, though, brilliantly (appropraitely), because of the house and garden being colourful, and a major part of the picture.

Lovely composition, too. Subtle and measured.

Sharpness is frustrating: as the owner of a 45mm f/4 Pentax lens, and a 67 for it to live on, I understand just how much sharper the original wil lbe than any digital process can capture...



I agree that Velvia can be over the top at times. And yes, the slide is much sharper than this jpeg would suggest (I was very lucky, as it was shot on a monopod at about 1/30th of a second with mirror locked up). I find it's a bit hit or miss scanning my 6x7 slides.

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