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Collection: February, 2008
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Location: Franceschi Parak
Date: Feb 2, 2008
Galleries: Candid, Children
Date Uploaded: Feb 3, 2008

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This one is pretty contrived and probably overdone, but it's my first experiment with the extract filter.

I really liked the shot, but Mom's green coat against the green leaves just didn't give it much visual interest. I tried levels and curves, and couldn't do what I wanted. So.... with my great, big Photoshop book on my knee, I started reading about the Extract filter.

Basically, you make a background copy layer and outline what you want to leave out. Then you play with the remainder, in this case the background which I put into the multiply mode, did some lens blur, and added a little bit of noise. Then I blended it back into the background, which left Mom and the child standing out. I've been pretty heavy-handed on this, but I think it's a tool worth exploring.

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02/15/2008 09:25:47 PM
wow! this is great! the image here is so sweet...the dancers, their joy is palpable

thanks for the primer...I need to get to it, more filters..PS so new to me still! hell, this is all new to me still :)

ETA: so funny! went to put this is favs, and turns out I already had! LOLOLOL..least I am consistent in my spectacular taste!

Message edited by author 2008-02-15 21:29:11.
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02/06/2008 02:32:14 AM
It is interesting in the clothing and colors.
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02/05/2008 11:09:05 PM
It's late and my brain isn't working right. Is the blur/noise on the people or everything else? This sounds like the Orton Effect, except that you sharpen the background, put copy in multiply and blur it, then do levels since it gets darker.

I think what you've done here really makes them stand out, and you've caught a great moment.
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02/05/2008 03:00:10 PM
I was trying recently to figure out the Extract Filter myself, but I didn't have any luck. Guess I need the Big Book of PS. I like the effect you achieved here. The figures stand out nicely against the foliage in the background. I also like the movement you captured - not at all contrived looking.
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02/04/2008 10:30:19 PM
It is great that you explored with new things to try to get the affect you wanted. I like the colors of the clothing, they sure stand out.
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02/04/2008 04:40:53 PM
Admire the effort- you don't know until you try & takes practice (ho ho , I've never done it !) It's a fun spontaneuos moment you captured very well :)
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02/03/2008 03:31:36 PM
I like the artistic quality of this method. It is like a sketch, as the previous poster pointed out.
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02/03/2008 03:16:59 PM
I like the way this filter has popped the subjects right into the foreground. Its almost sketch like. In fact I like it a lot. Would be good, as you say, if noise could be reduced in the background.
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02/03/2008 02:19:00 PM
You are, IMO, right about overdoing it. The glow is just a bit distracting. Nice first effort as these things are never easy.
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02/03/2008 01:49:50 PM
How interesting - thanks for sharing. The things we learn.

Love the result - it's a very interesting effect. The moment captured is really nice.
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02/03/2008 11:56:43 AM
This is a different processing technique that I have never tried. Thanks for the tips on how to do it.

I like the woman and the child playing.
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02/03/2008 11:52:48 AM
Very cool, thanks for the tip! I like the look a lot, really love the neon blue jeans! I'll have to try the extract tool myself :-)
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