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    Backside of the Dam

    Another experiment. This scene intrigued me as I couldn't tell how high the dam was from this vantage point. The goal was to get the dam sharper than it would be in the long distance shot.

    This time I took a distant image and a close-up of just the Dam and blended them. Unfortunately the close-up had to be shrunk significantly to match the long distance image so I suspect that some of the detail was lost.

    I think that this is one technique that will take some practice to get right so I'll need to find something else for this week's Project 52 entry.

    Backside of the Dam

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    Re: Backside of the Dam

    Quote Originally Posted by FrankMi View Post
    Unfortunately the close-up had to be shrunk significantly to match the long distance image so I suspect that some of the detail was lost.
    Maybe, but it's still an impressive image.

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    Re: Backside of the Dam

    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    Maybe, but it's still an impressive image.
    Thank you for the feedback, Donald!

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    Re: Backside of the Dam

    Hi Frank,

    I can't decide if the "painted" look of the picture background (not the dam) is desired or a result of compression or noise reduction artifacts. If planned I would try stronger settings that makes this effect look more desired especially on smaller pictures.

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    Re: Backside of the Dam

    That's an interesting method I've never thought of trying. And a well done job at that. I can't tell where it was blended in.

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    Re: Backside of the Dam

    Yet another thought provoking idea Frank,

    You just keep coming up with 'em.

    Quote Originally Posted by FrankMi
    This time I took a distant image and a close-up of just the Dam and blended them.
    I assume you mean you zoomed in and shot the dam, then out and got the hills to obtain the two images?
    The dam certainly is sharp and I assume it must be better than a brightened+sharpened version from the wide angle.

    Cheers,

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    Re: Backside of the Dam

    Great idea Frank, a very nice picture.

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    Re: Backside of the Dam

    Quote Originally Posted by Sunray View Post
    Hi Frank,

    I can't decide if the "painted" look of the picture background (not the dam) is desired or a result of compression or noise reduction artifacts. If planned I would try stronger settings that makes this effect look more desired especially on smaller pictures.

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    Hi Robert, other than what was needed (mainly brightness, contrast, and colour tone) to blend the close-up with the full size image, the background is pretty much original. The only other global changes was the scaling needed to get the two images to fit together.

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    Re: Backside of the Dam

    Thanks for the encouragement, John!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    I assume you mean you zoomed in and shot the dam, then out and got the hills to obtain the two images?
    Yep Dave! Actually, I took three shots. The third was a close-up of the crane on the right-hand side of the dam but by the time you back out of the image all the way to full size and then crop, you pretty much can't see the additional detail in the crane so that part of the experiment had almost no impact on the image.

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    Re: Backside of the Dam

    I like your way of thinking and this particular effort looks pretty dang good to me.

    But of course this boils down to :

    I want to do this, can't be done in-camera, can PS do it, most likely yes, let's do it.

    But on the other hand, if one only has basic PS skill then the method may not even crop up in one's mind!

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