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fgorga
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« on: October 06, 2012, 07:25:14 PM »
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Two photos, made a week apart and about a mile from my house.

The first on a bright sunny day (27 Sept) and the second in a light rain (4 Oct).





Critiques gratefully accepted.

Thanks,

--- Frank (www.gorga.org/blog)
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Dewi Sant
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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2012, 03:45:18 AM »
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I like both of these, the autumnal colours of the first, and I quite like the composition too where you have slightly more of the reflection that the actual subject.   I also like the abstract quality of the second, but the colours are a bit muted in comparison to the first one.
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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2012, 10:23:12 AM »
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Frank,

 Please, turn the sharpening down from KILL.

 Both would be quite nice except the sharpening makes them appear nervous.

 Perhaps redo and repost.

Rich
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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2012, 02:55:56 PM »
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Thanks for the comments.

Dewi... with regard to the difference in colors. This has mainly to do with the lighting (which is, of course, weather dependent)... a bright sunny day for the first and a gray rainy day for the second. The week interval between the two images may also have something to do with it as well.

Rich... with regard to the sharpening. You are, of course, exactly right! I have relearned two lessons (so far) with this one post.

Lesson #1... don't be in such a rush. I seem to have to relearned this lesson on a regular basis... patience is not one of my strong suits!  Grin

Lesson #2... the order one does things in Photoshop does indeed matter. This is also a relearned lesson but in a new context! The original files look fine on my screen but, as you say, the downsized files I originally posted were way too sharp.

New versions are posted below. The difference? The order of the steps I used to prepare the jpegs for posting.

For the images I posted originally, I duplicated the image (a psd file, using Smart Filters, including one for sharpening), re-sized the file down to 900 pixels (from roughly 3,500) on the long side, flattened and saved as a jpeg. In doing this, the Smart filers reprocess the image after the downsize... leading to the oversharpening.

If I flatten the image before re-sizing and saving as a jpeg, I get the results shown here:





I trust that you will find these better, but please do let me know what you think.

--- Frank (www.gorga.org/blog)

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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2012, 02:10:33 AM »
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Much better ...........easier on the eyes.

Lovely compositions and shots. I like the photos and those on your blog.

If I may suggest that you try PK Sharpener 2 for your sharpening.

I'm trying to not hurt your feelings, but many of the shots even on your blog border on being too crunchy.

You have a good eye and your skills at composition are there.

Just the ramblings of an old man, take them for what you feel they're worth.

Rich
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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2012, 10:59:45 AM »
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I like these images, but I really like Autumn Maple and Stone on your blog.
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