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    Cattail (Typha)

    These are one of my favorite childhood florathingies. In Norwegian, its name is "dunkjevle" - literally "down rolling-pin". When it sheds, it is like a cross between a snake shedding its skin and a giant dandelion. Anyhow... I could write for hours on norwegian botanical names, but that is very much besides the point.

    C&C plz. I'm not sure if this image works at all, colour or not.

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    Re: Cattail (Typha)

    Quote Originally Posted by nanook View Post
    C&C plz. I'm not sure if this image works at all, colour or not.
    Hi Espen,

    I took a liberty, I prefered the colour one, but it looked way too understated, so I gave it a little help;
    Cattail (Typha)

    In Elements 6; I moved the black and white points in a bit initially, then applied a Local Contrast Enhancement with USM at 20% and 110px (which took the dynamic range back out to 255 and 0.
    I burned the highlights down across the top.
    Then boost the saturation to +35.
    Then a USM sharpen at 120%, 0.3px, 8 threshold.

    Better?

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    Re: Cattail (Typha)

    Well, ta. You did a good deal - not least of which was giving me a sharp reminder of checking the dynamic range. Ahem.

    Enlarged it is completely sharp in the tiny details. You did sharpen it a bit yes, and it suits the image at this size. Your saturation was a bit on the heavy side, but a tad more orange does bring out more punch, I agree. Burning the top works better when I have left the background so dark, I agree.

    Your reply is one of the densest information packages I have read in a while. Thanks - I learn by it. The devil is in the detail.

    What I initially liked, which on my work screen is impossible to even discern the possibility of, are the sepia feeling of the original. The details in close-up are also fascinating, but instead of cropping, I'll go back and take new pictures.

    I have given this image up to the eternal dustbin. It lacks a certain something.

    Thank you ever so much for such constructive feedback.

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    Re: Cattail (Typha)

    Hi Espen,

    Quote Originally Posted by nanook View Post
    Thank you ever so much for such constructive feedback.
    Quote Originally Posted by nanook View Post
    Your reply is one of the densest information packages I have read in a while. Thanks - I learn by it. The devil is in the detail.
    No worries, I learn too

    As I'm sure you appreciate (as I can see from the detail in your reply), some of what I did wouldn't be applicable to working on the larger and/or RAW image. I never know whether to leave those bits in or not (e.g. the "8 threshold" on final sharpen, it's only there to not sharpen the unavoidable jpg artefacts). I fear it may not help those less experienced reading this later.

    Quote Originally Posted by nanook View Post
    not least of which was giving me a sharp reminder of checking the dynamic range. Ahem.
    Not sure there was anything too badly wrong with histogram in your posted image, I just moved them "in a bit" because I didn't want to lose highlight and shadow detail when I applied the LCE with USM.

    Cheers,

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