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    Old Country Store (b/w)

    C&C most welcomed. Bruce

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    Re: Old Country Store (b/w)

    I wondered if it needs so much grass in the foreground, or whether a crop of some of that to lower the building in the frame and make it into more of a pano, would work?

    I was also feeling the urge to apply a healthy dose of Local Contrast Enhancement (LCE) to the building to try and make it 'pop' out a bit from its surroundings and give it better definition.

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    Re: Old Country Store (b/w)

    Hi Bruce

    I was about to reply then saw Donald's remarks. I too was going to suggest some Local Contrast Enhancement on the building, as well as possibly a vignette that gets lighter at the corners (not sure if there's a technical term for that).

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    Re: Old Country Store (b/w)

    Donald, is this any better?

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    Re: Old Country Store (b/w)

    Compositionally, I think it is very much better (but others may disagree).

    I'd go further with the LCE. Hope you don't mind (please say if you do), but to illustrate what I mean .........

    Old Country Store (b/w)

    I applied LCE using the Wavelet Sharpen tool on the GIMP (I don't use Photoshop). I then put on a black layer mask and, with a white paintbrush, just painted the LCE back on to the building alone. It's subtle but, I think, noticeable.

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    Re: Old Country Store (b/w)

    Needed the contrast enhancement. It brings out the dereliction of the building more which I guess was the object of recording it. Sad isn't it? Someone once loved that place.

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    Re: Old Country Store (b/w)

    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    Compositionally, I think it is very much better (but others may disagree).

    I'd go further with the LCE. Hope you don't mind (please say if you do), but to illustrate what I mean .........

    Old Country Store (b/w)

    I applied LCE using the Wavelet Sharpen tool on the GIMP (I don't use Photoshop). I then put on a black layer mask and, with a white paintbrush, just painted the LCE back on to the building alone. It's subtle but, I think, noticeable.
    Donald, thanks for showing me what can be done in PP. I have Photoshop CS6; however I have not had it very long, and am not familiar with its many features. I mostly use LR.

    Bruce
    Last edited by Donald; 9th August 2013 at 12:22 PM. Reason: Took Bruce's reply outwith quotation tags

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