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    Old Playground

    The family went for a walk at a nearby park this morning. I thought this old play set was interesting in its colors and slightly decayed condition.

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    Re: Old Playground

    Looks like a good candidate for a square crop, Brian. Lots of texture and details so I would recommend you empahsize them and add some more contrast. You can recover some of the highlights back by adjusting the highlights and shadows. Good eye on an interesting subject!

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    OK, how about this version?
    Thanks for your comment Jiro. You are forcing me to try different editing tricks than I normally do. I adjusted this one with curves (in GIMP). I think the contrast is better with still detail in the shadows, though it also made the color change slightly.

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    Re: Old Playground

    I think the edit is better. Here's my idea if I will edit your image:

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    I rotated the image a little bit to the left because I find the shot to be a bit heavy to the right. It's a good practice in composition to look at ordinary things in a different perspective. Hope to see some more, Brian.
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    Re: Old Playground

    I find it a very interesting subject Brian. Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: Old Playground

    Thank you Giannis.
    Jiro, how did you get the texture to stand out so much better? I like it better and reminds more of what it actually looked like.

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    Re: Old Playground

    Quote Originally Posted by speedneeder View Post
    Thank you Giannis.
    Jiro, how did you get the texture to stand out so much better? I like it better and reminds more of what it actually looked like.
    I used this process, Brian: High Contrast and Detail Effect using dodge and burn technique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiro View Post
    Ahhh, thanks for that. I had done something similar a while ago but had forgotten about it. Thanks for the info!
    I agree that I am tilted to the right a bit, though I think your version is tilted to the left a bit
    Anyway, here's my attempt at added contrast without losing shadow detail, and although I don't think I got as much texture as you did, the colors didn't change as much either. I don't understand why, just an observation.


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    Re: Old Playground

    Quote Originally Posted by speedneeder View Post
    Ahhh, thanks for that. I had done something similar a while ago but had forgotten about it. Thanks for the info!
    I agree that I am tilted to the right a bit, though I think your version is tilted to the left a bit
    Anyway, here's my attempt at added contrast without losing shadow detail, and although I don't think I got as much texture as you did, the colors didn't change as much either. I don't understand why, just an observation.
    I added some more tricks after that process, Brian that's why my edit looks different. Hehehe. I intentionally tilted it to the left because if I make the tube perfectly straight the shot would look too stationary without any dynamics associated with it. Very nice work on the new edit, btw.
    Last edited by jiro; 15th August 2011 at 01:28 AM.

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    Re: Old Playground

    Jiro, your tutorial was very good. Thanks for taking the time to put that together.

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    Re: Old Playground

    Quote Originally Posted by speedneeder View Post
    Jiro, your tutorial was very good. Thanks for taking the time to put that together.
    Delighted to be of help, Brian.

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