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    Welsh country cottages

    They need a bit of TLC, methinks.

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    Re: Welsh country cottages

    Very nice. That's just the thing I like... You would appreciate this place I scouted today. An old (American old?!?) abandoned Greek Orthodox church. The entrance is all overgrown with vines. Will show you when I get the shots.

    I like 1,3,2 in that order. Excellent colors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KTHXBAI View Post
    You would appreciate this place I scouted today. An old (American old?!?)
    The year 1170 is a long way back... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madoc even for America

    Quote Originally Posted by KTHXBAI View Post
    Excellent colors.
    I used Jiro's (the boy has his uses. ) method of adding a B&W layer in Silver Efex Pro and changing the blend mode to luminosity. It makes the colours more vibrant.

    My workflow procedure as requested by Rob.

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    Re: Welsh country cottages

    I like the red door

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob marshall View Post
    The year 1170 is a long way back... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madoc even for America


    I used Jiro's (the boy has his uses. ) method of adding a B&W layer in Silver Efex Pro and changing the blend mode to luminosity. It makes the colours more vibrant.


    My workflow procedure as requested by Rob.
    I saw a red door and wanted to paint it black.

    Next time, instead of using luminosity, try soft light and when you've hit the opacity level you really like, flatten, then make another layer with either (depending on the contrast) soft light or hard light at around 40%. I've found that if I work the color image as far as I can go using your Velvia action, then all other tweaking before I do the inversion layer, I get far stronger results.

    What was your pixel reading on the blur?

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    Thanks, Chris, I'll give that a go on some other shots.

    Quote Originally Posted by MiniChris View Post
    I saw a red door and wanted to paint it black.

    Next time, instead of using luminosity, try soft light and when you've hit the opacity level you really like, flatten, then make another layer with either (depending on the contrast) soft light or hard light at around 40%. I've found that if I work the color image as far as I can go using your Velvia action, then all other tweaking before I do the inversion layer, I get far stronger results.

    What was your pixel reading on the blur?

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    Those are great, Rob. I love old doors and windows. The headboard of my bed is made from an old shabby paint peeling door. I luv it. I love them all... but the red one is my fav. I wish I could visit and see what you see...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob marshall View Post
    Thanks, Chris, I'll give that a go on some other shots.
    What was your pixel radius?

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    Re: Welsh country cottages

    Quote Originally Posted by rob marshall View Post
    The year 1170 is a long way back... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madoc even for America



    I used Jiro's (the boy has his uses. ) method of adding a B&W layer in Silver Efex Pro and changing the blend mode to luminosity. It makes the colours more vibrant.

    My workflow procedure as requested by Rob.

    Yeah nothing is that old in America, my folks are from Stretford and Manchester so I have had the pleasure several times. As fore the technique, I must learn this. thanks for posting the thread.

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    I saw a red door and wanted to paint it black.
    No colours anymore I want them to turn black

    It could have been written with Silver Efex Pro users in mind.

    What was your pixel radius?
    That has to be the best chat up line I have heard in CiC

    The green door on its own would look good. I really like what you have done with the colours on these shots. Its great to capture these things since inevitably they will fall to the developers JCB. I really miss these run down properties in out part of the UK. My childhood seemed to be full of them.

    Yeah nothing is that old in America,
    Michael Douglas?
    Stretford and Manchester
    My Grandad on my mothers side was from there. He had a brilliant repertoire of lanky sayings - bye eck', by the gummy goslins, owdonabit, tater 'ash etc etc

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    Re: Welsh country cottages

    Quote Originally Posted by arith View Post
    I like the red door
    It's awful, not at all in keeping .. whoever painted it that colour has no concept of decorum

    Must be the equivalent of the abandoned prairie houses..but just a bit older

    Interesting shots Rob- but I leave the technical issues to those who know about these things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KTHXBAI View Post
    Yeah nothing is that old in America, my folks are from Stretford and Manchester so I have had the pleasure several times. As fore the technique, I must learn this. thanks for posting the thread.
    Well, I had part of that process wrong but now seem to have gotten the proper hang of it. Jiro says he is going to develop a tutorial for it, so I'll await that rather than forget something very necessary. I did find (Rob), using your Velvia action but with a considerably lower opacity and a lower contrast in SEP on the really bright areas, is almost to the word of stunning, when combined with Jipo's layering technique. I also did my sharpening in LAB for the first pass.

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    Re: Welsh country cottages

    Quote Originally Posted by ilovelucydog View Post
    Those are great, Rob. I love old doors and windows. The headboard of my bed is made from an old shabby paint peeling door. I luv it. I love them all... but the red one is my fav. I wish I could visit and see what you see...
    I think we need a shot of this... what do you say everyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MiniChris View Post
    What was your pixel radius?
    Is that a Zen thing... or thang?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob marshall View Post
    Is that a Zen thing... or thang?
    Rob, you are awesome.

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    Re: Welsh country cottages

    Quote Originally Posted by rob marshall View Post
    I think we need a shot of this... what do you say everyone?
    It hasn't made it into the new place. It's in the garage... I hope. I may have an older one... somewhere... in my files...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob marshall View Post
    Is that a Zen thing... or thang?
    It was a question for which there was no answer...so chalk it up to an uh-oh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob marshall View Post
    They need a bit of TLC, methinks.

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    The first time I saw these, I liked #2 the best. The second time I saw these, I thought that 3 was the cats miaou. Last time I was here, I became fascinated with the first and that's where I stay, I guess. I love the color of the door and, then, how the door frame is a slightly different shade of green - it's really gorgeous, actually. I love the squiggle on the door and the sign to the right. I love how crooked it is and I love how it looks like someone has a plant growing in the window.... no one lives there.....?

    Ironically, I've been angsting about painting a little fold up picnic table that I have and have been wondering if I should try and distress it - something a lot like these!

    They're super, Rob!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilovelucydog View Post
    Rob, you are awesome.
    It's a bit like that apochryphal story of John Wayne making one of the biblical epics. Wayne plays a Roman soldier. The line was "He truly was the son of God..." The director, unhappy with the take said "Try to give it more awe, John, Jesus has just died." Wayne retook it with "Awww, he truly was the son of God."

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    rob marshall

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy Noelle View Post
    The first time I saw these, I liked #2 the best. The second time I saw these, I thought that 3 was the cats miaou. Last time I was here, I became fascinated with the first and that's where I stay, I guess. I love the color of the door and, then, how the door frame is a slightly different shade of green - it's really gorgeous, actually. I love the squiggle on the door and the sign to the right. I love how crooked it is and I love how it looks like someone has a plant growing in the window.... no one lives there.....?

    Ironically, I've been angsting about painting a little fold up picnic table that I have and have been wondering if I should try and distress it - something a lot like these!

    They're super, Rob!
    And are you going to turn it into a bed-head, like Mary? Welsh country cottages

    Thanks, for the comments, glad you like 'em!

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