Challenge: Shapes (Advanced Editing I*)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: South of Schardam, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands
Date: Dec 6, 2003
Galleries: Still Life, Rural
Date Uploaded: Dec 6, 2003
|Sunset Profile of a barn with windmill at one of the most troublesome points in the Western IJselmeerdijk. At this point several dikes can be seen in the landscape, but from a archeological point of view. They are now 1 to 2m high instead of the new 10 to 15m ones. These are the remains of old fights against the IJsselmeer, when it was still a sea.
My objective was to enter that landscape for this challenge, but this profile is much better as a shape. Because it is a profile, the shape is the most important aspect of the photo. The line from left to right tells you all.
* Aperture Priority, 1 stop compensation
* Polarizer filter
* Telephoto end of the lens, on a monopod
This was shot almost straight into the sun. It is just right of the frame. I used my hand as a lenshood to avoid lens flares. So the dark foreground is for the most part original.
Result: lifeless picture with a dark foreground and dull lightly colored sky
Photoshop work (dpc december regulations allowed these steps, what would normally be illegal is marked as such):
- cropped a selection to 3:2 aspect ratio
- Fred Miranda Chroma Noise Reducer action (dpc illegal? (don't know for sure), takes out the red/blue/green color patterns in the shadows)
- Used Tim Jensen's Improving Shadow and Highlight tutorial techniques (dpc illegal because of multiply and screen layers & selective editing) to:
* darken the foreground even more (reversed of shadow recovery)
* light up part of the sky
- Fred Miranda Digital Velvia action at setting 6. As this uses dpc legal methods it can be used in any challenge. This boosted the color.
- The squares in the windmill wings had a lot of fuji interpolation artifacts, so I handblurred all those lines. This is dpc illegal spot editing. The intention of this was to get a less pixelized pattern in this small version.
- Unsharp mask in lab mode lightness channel
- Save for the web at 100%
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