tyro (20992) 2010-08-10 16:08:33Hello Peter,
In an attempt to reduce what look to me to be slightly over-bright areas, I used EasyFilter SmartCurve using a soft "inverse - S" curve to reduce general contrast a tad then pushed the centre point of the curve slightly to the right in an attempt to increase mid-tone contrast slightly.
Then, in Colour Hue/Saturation, I increased a very little the saturation of red and yellow. Then, again in order to darken the sky and bright bits of water, increased the blue and cyan saturations quite a bit but reduced their lightness by a similar amount - judiciously done, I have found that this does sometimes help to put a bit of colour back into an overly white sky.
Anyway, Peter, see what you think!
tyro (20992) 2009-10-02 14:14:20Hello, Peter.
As I am about to say in my critique, I thought some of the lighter areas in this picture looked a little "blown out" on my monitor. So I have used that useful feature in PSE6 - Lighten Shadows/Darken Highlights - mainly to darken the highlights, with very, very little lightening of the darker areas. I hope I haven't overdone it because doing so can often result in those horrid "halos" where dark areas meet light ones. In such a complex picture as this, I doubt if that is so likely to be a problem as it might be where a dark, say, tree meets a light sky.
I also thought I'd try to gild the lily a little by upping the saturation of red and yellow to put a little more emphasis on the flowers.
Anyway, just a thought. I hope I have not ruined what is already a lovely picture.
tyro (20992) 2009-09-25 09:47:22Hello, Peter.
As I said, I've only downloaded FastStone for the first time this morning and am only just navigating slowly around it. I can see why you like it so much - there appear to be lots and lots of features here!
I've discovered now how to draw! The lines I have drawn are in an attempt to see your "compositional lines" - yellow for "thirds", green circles/ellipses for "centres of interest" and the red triangle for what I thought was an appropriate triangle.
Booby prize or coconut?
tyro (20992) 2009-09-25 02:56:12Hello, Peter.
I've just downloaded FastStone Image Viewer this morning and so far haven't really managed to get to grips with it to any extent. But I did manage to draw some lines on your picture in an attempt to demonstrate what I saw when I went on the hunt for triangles and thirds!
Is this the sort of thing you had in mind?
graffer (1800) 2009-09-16 12:31:22John [tyro] has several times remarked that my Canon Powershot A 430 takes as good if not better pictures than my more complicated Fujifilm camera.
So, here is the same scene taken by this somewhat battered little camera that has been driven over by me, but has somehow survived.
I tried to use the same PP with the two images - the main difference is in the sky, as no polariser was used here.
graffer (1800) 2009-08-14 01:30:37This the original shot as it came out of the camera.
In FastStone: First I saved the full size image as a TIFF to allow repeated saving without degradation as I switched between FS and PS7.
Opened this TIFF image in PS7:
Rotated a bit anti-clockwise.
Then I selected the image [CTRL A] > Transform [CTRL T] > Held down CTRL and pulled out the corners to adjust the perspective distortion.
Clone stamp to remove TV aerial. I thought about removing the parked car and had a try. It wasn’t very satisfactory, and I thought it actually helped the balance of the picture to leave it in.
Auto levels on an adjustment layer, and a bit of fine tuning to levels.
Saved [save as] as new TIFF image.
"Back to FS:
Cropped a bit from each side using the thirds grid to aid composition [extremely useful feature of FS].
Increased saturation - quite a lot, as the image was still very flat as a result of the backlighting. Slight adjustment to gamma.
Still in FS: resized TIFF image to 800px, then sharpened.
Then I saved this sharpened 800px TIFF image as a JPEG, using the very useful option in the FS "save as" dialogue box to vary the amount of compression to get the file size as close as possible to 300kb".