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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 1:38 pm 
Nice one ChinaMark! I guess Zorro must've taken the photo in Tewksbury.

Here's my attempt:

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 1:55 pm 
ChinaMark, thats a really nice shot! would u mind elaborating a but more :D


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 2:02 pm 
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Nice work guys. Mark, that's weird looking. Impressive, but weird, lol.

Calmac, that's very similar to what I've come up with. I'd like to be able to draw some more colour from the second rqainbow but all my efforts so far have looked crass.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 2:09 pm 
Actually, I didn't plan on bastardising Zorro's gorgeous photo that much in the beginning. I only started out by doing the usual adjustments to bring out the colour and detail a bit.

Then...my Flaming Pear "Flood" plugin is right next to my Lucisart plugin, which I clicked on by mistake and it opened and I thought what the hell...give it a go. Thought it would give the photo an unexpected angle :)


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I don't know about the rest of you but I find sharpening to be my achilles heel. I so rarely seem to get it just right. Maybe it's my eyesight :shock:

Anyone know a good set of basic settings for sharpening in Capture NX or PS CS3?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 2:32 pm 
Whoa there Mark! I almost didn't notice the water! :lol: But seriously, it gives it a nice peaceful look. I like it! I didn't realise there were "add flood" plugins, I'll have to give them a go one day.

Zorro, I use 80% unsharp mask and try to keep the radius below 5. I find that it usually works for me, good sharpness without the grainy look. I also used the details enhancer in photomatix and blended that over as a second layer in PS, almost has the same effect (in this scenario).


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 2:35 pm 
I'm lost when it comes to sharpening as there seems to be no hard and fast rule and as every image is different, so there is a different sharpening technique that should be applied.

I came across this website yesterday that was highly recommended reading from another forum:

http://www.ronbigelow.com/articles/shar ... rpen1.html

It's quite lengthy and I haven't waded through it yet, but he uses CS2 and it appears to be a pretty indepth article on all aspects of sharpening that could be quite helpful.

I only ever use the USM to do that 30/60/10 trick to add a bit of "pop" to photos that have a lot of contrasting edges already.

Aside from that, I'm lost!


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Wow, I assumed 80% would be too much! I'll give it a try though, thanks. For the record, assuming you're shooting in NEF, what in-camera sharpening settings are you using?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 2:45 pm 
Ehhh, I thought the in-camera settings do not affect NEF files...don't tell me I've been doing it wrong all this while...or are you talking about the embedded data for use in PP? I use +1 sharpening anyway.

80% only works if you have a relatively noise-free image to start with and like Mark said, it doesn't work for everything.

Maybe I just have a high threshold for sharpening artefacts. 8)


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I think they do and they don't. If you open the image first in Capture NX then the program will read the in-camera settings and apply them to the image. This isn't the case when using ACR though. Yes, confusing is the word.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:08 pm 
I dont have any in camera sharpening how would i go for adjusting that on my D40x Nikon users? What a read that was, i m on page 3 after an intense hour of reading going to take a lill break from it now but i will continue. And maybe i can summrise everythign for yall!


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 12:29 am 
This is my attempt at it, don't ask what I did as I can't remember all of it :lol:

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Did try doing an HDR with this Image and Zorro's original but it didn't look too good so stuck with this one


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 12:01 am 
Is that it then.... thought there might have been more had a go at doing it than this, feel disappointed for you Zorro


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Well thisd image diddn't really work as well in HDR as I'd hoped. I did take a risk by cropping out the blue sky though.

Surprising how similar all our results actually are, I wasn't expecting that. So here's something a bit different -

http://www.pbase.com/gordon_b/image/95078406

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:38 am 
Nice one Zorro! The crop works perfectly.


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