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mockingbird workflow

Post by PietFrancke » Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:17 am

got a shot of a mockingbird and wanted to see if I could improve the image. It was taken late afternoon early evening. The first image is a heavy crop of the bird.
MockClip.jpg
then tried to follow a tutorial using curves to remove the color casts
mockColorCorrection.jpg
then I played with contrast, the bird got strong contrast, the back ground had contrast reduced.
mockContrast.jpg

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Post by PietFrancke » Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:21 am

then missing the sunset aspect, I used Nik software to bring back some sunset..
mockNik warm sunset.jpg
And then I blurred the background and sharpened the bird
mockSharpen.jpg
And also figured out how to take a given layer and export it (but I think the files ended up larger than they could have been - I forgot to reduce to 8bit color) Will do better next time.

Could have done some other things too, like give it punch with a highpass overlay layer, but this was good fun for today..

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Post by PietFrancke » Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:53 pm

so I worked on it a touch more,, the next step was to use screen mode to make the bird's bright areas even brighter
mockScreen.jpg
and then a high pass overlay on the bird's head and near wing for more punch

mock high pass overlay.jpg
In each step, I used a mask to selectively keep or get rid of changes, so that only the part of the image that I wanted to see changed got changed...

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Post by minniev » Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:49 pm

I really enjoyed following along Piet. You turned this one from snapshot to an artistic photo one step at a time. I may have missed it, but I'm not sure about correcting color casts with curves. Did you post a link on another thread? Sounds interesting. The biggest changes you made involved getting separation of the bird from the background with selective sharpening/blurring, eliminating distractions, and managing light.
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Post by PietFrancke » Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:16 pm

minniev wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:49 pm
I really enjoyed following along Piet. You turned this one from snapshot to an artistic photo one step at a time. I may have missed it, but I'm not sure about correcting color casts with curves. Did you post a link on another thread? Sounds interesting. The biggest changes you made involved getting separation of the bird from the background with selective sharpening/blurring, eliminating distractions, and managing light.
Hi Min, correcting the color cast is something that I have never done and I was amazed at how much detail was brought back into the image when I did it. I recently bought a used book from Amazon for 12 bucks or there abouts, and I am still confused and befuddled by the process, so I keep doing it over and over and slowly more sinks in each time. I bought Welcome to Oz 2.0 from Vincent Versace (a cinematic approach to digital still photography with photoshop). I don't recall if he was mentioned here or if I just stumbled onto it, but it is loaded with the "why" of processing an image. Highly recommended book.

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Post by minniev » Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:20 pm

PietFrancke wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:16 pm
minniev wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:49 pm
I really enjoyed following along Piet. You turned this one from snapshot to an artistic photo one step at a time. I may have missed it, but I'm not sure about correcting color casts with curves. Did you post a link on another thread? Sounds interesting. The biggest changes you made involved getting separation of the bird from the background with selective sharpening/blurring, eliminating distractions, and managing light.
Hi Min, correcting the color cast is something that I have never done and I was amazed at how much detail was brought back into the image when I did it. I recently bought a used book from Amazon for 12 bucks or there abouts, and I am still confused and befuddled by the process, so I keep doing it over and over and slowly more sinks in each time. I bought Welcome to Oz 2.0 from Vincent Versace (a cinematic approach to digital still photography with photoshop). I don't recall if he was mentioned here or if I just stumbled onto it, but it is loaded with the "why" of processing an image. Highly recommended book.
I have that book, Versace is one of my favorite "teachers" with his precision in planning/execution in PS. I'll plunder through it and look for that section. I get dizzy reading too much of it, have to have it in small doses. I will never reach his degree of precision.
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Post by PietFrancke » Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:29 pm

minniev wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:20 pm
PietFrancke wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:16 pm
minniev wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:49 pm
I really enjoyed following along Piet. You turned this one from snapshot to an artistic photo one step at a time. I may have missed it, but I'm not sure about correcting color casts with curves. Did you post a link on another thread? Sounds interesting. The biggest changes you made involved getting separation of the bird from the background with selective sharpening/blurring, eliminating distractions, and managing light.
Hi Min, correcting the color cast is something that I have never done and I was amazed at how much detail was brought back into the image when I did it. I recently bought a used book from Amazon for 12 bucks or there abouts, and I am still confused and befuddled by the process, so I keep doing it over and over and slowly more sinks in each time. I bought Welcome to Oz 2.0 from Vincent Versace (a cinematic approach to digital still photography with photoshop). I don't recall if he was mentioned here or if I just stumbled onto it, but it is loaded with the "why" of processing an image. Highly recommended book.
I have that book, Versace is one of my favorite "teachers" with his precision in planning/execution in PS. I'll plunder through it and look for that section. I get dizzy reading too much of it, have to have it in small doses. I will never reach his degree of precision.
it was near the beginning, page 20 started with using the threshold adjustment as a tool to find the black point, white point, mid point and then it went from there making use of those points with three curve adjustments.

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Post by PietFrancke » Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:41 am

Mockingbird.jpg
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Post by Psjunkie » Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:51 am

Nicely done Piet..

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Post by St3v3M » Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:37 am

This has been a fun discussion to watch! S-
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