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    Which one is better? Sharpening Comparison

    Two images both heavily processed: but the first with Topaz sharpening and then continued with a bit of Orton stuff.
    Which  one is better? Sharpening Comparison

    In the next I took the above image and created the following levels;

    Bright 12 Cont -20
    Levels 4 - 1 - 255 Out 11 - 255
    Warm 85 33%
    Normal 12%
    Pin Light 56%
    Multiply Gauss 36p 100%
    Screen 100%
    Screen 100%
    Screen 100%
    Screen 100%
    High Pass 0.24p Overlay
    Topaz sharpening above
    Which  one is better? Sharpening Comparison

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    Re: Which one is better?

    #1 by a long shot for me and I love it. When I scrolled down to #2 I thought I was loosing my vision or my glasses had fallen off or I was having a stroke or something.

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    Re: Which one is better?

    cheers Wendy

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    Re: Which one is better?

    Sorry I just got up off the floor; I was wondering what you mean't by having a stroke, oh dear, never mind, must be all that wine.

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    Re: Which one is better?

    Why were you on the floor?

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    Re: Which one is better?

    I was laughing so much. Great reply, it cheered me up no end.

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    Re: Which one is better?

    Quote Originally Posted by arith View Post
    Sorry I just got up off the floor; I was wondering what you mean't by having a stroke, oh dear, never mind, must be all that wine.
    Arith, I like the first one because it has a nice atmosphere and mood to it and I like what you have done with the processing. The old wood shines and I can read the signs and see all the textures. It has a very nice feel too it, I can imagine being there.

    When scrolling to the second one everything became a blur, and in my eyes ruined the shot. I said having a stroke becaue one of the symptoms of a stroke is blurry vision.

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    I prefer #1 as well for the total image.
    There's a number of details in #2 that seem 'better' than in #1, best seen in the "Fry's Chocolate" display and the boxes behind it: the text and fruit decoration are finer, and seem sharper and more detailed. In other areas #2 seems blurred, making me check my glasses for fingerprints (esp. the counter and the boxes underneath).

    On close study, #1 seems a bit 'coarse' especially where lettering is concerned (looks blurred), whereAs #2 has those blurry looking areas. Also, #2 seems deformed wrt #1

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    Quote Originally Posted by arith View Post
    I was laughing so much. Great reply, it cheered me up no end.
    Oh, thank goodness. After I posted, I thought I should not have been so blunt. I didn't mean it in a bad way because I really love the first shot, but I was afraid you would take it wrong. Glad to know that was not the case.

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    Re: Which one is better?

    Quote Originally Posted by revi View Post
    I prefer #1 as well for the total image.
    There's a number of details in #2 that seem 'better' than in #1, best seen in the "Fry's Chocolate" display and the boxes behind it: the text and fruit decoration are finer, and seem sharper and more detailed. In other areas #2 seems blurred, making me check my glasses for fingerprints (esp. the counter and the boxes underneath).

    On close study, #1 seems a bit 'coarse' especially where lettering is concerned (looks blurred), whereAs #2 has those blurry looking areas. Also, #2 seems deformed wrt #1

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    #2 is distorted with respect to #1 since I did a tiff which wasn't cropped or anything and I've been working from that since the original is HDR and I don't want to do that again. I think I corrected horizontal perspective more in the second.

    Pin light might be making some things look sharper; I'm not even sure what pin light does I just like it, in this case it is not 100%.

    I was not going to Orton this but I've got nothing to do so I thought I might see what it looked like, although I wasn't confident it would work.

    In another I got exactly what I wanted, I seem to be getting a feeling if it will work or not without really being sure why. You will see the other one another day.

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    Steve

    I like them both for different reasons. The light is very subtle. However, I do think No2 would make a cracking shot in monochrome

    PS. I got the funny side of the stroke too..but I would wouldn't I

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    Re: Which one is better?

    Cheers steve, I don't know about the monochrome thingy cos I'm deliberately avoiding it. I would like it to look dramatic in colour.

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    Re: Which one is better?

    My vote goes to the first shot. Its a great shot. Love the mood & tones!
    But I am finding the small reflection at 5 o'clock quite distracting.

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    Re: Which one is better?

    Yes, I find the reflection distracting, whatever it is.

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    Re: Which one is better?

    It almost looks like the font size changed in the second image. The Fry's name looks sharp but everything else is distorted.

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    Re: Which one is better?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowman View Post
    It almost looks like the font size changed in the second image. The Fry's name looks sharp but everything else is distorted.
    probably, I don't think it is all that good is it.

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    Re: Which one is better?

    Quote Originally Posted by ScoutR View Post
    Oh, thank goodness. After I posted, I thought I should not have been so blunt. I didn't mean it in a bad way because I really love the first shot, but I was afraid you would take it wrong. Glad to know that was not the case.

    Wendy
    I didn't think anybody took offence on this forum Wendy!!

    And to answer Steve's question ... No: 1, for all the reasons above, polite or otherwise.
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    Re: Which one is better?

    Cheers Mike, but I'm a little confused by the title; I can't remember writing 'Sharpening Comparison'.

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    Steve and Steve;

    Ok guys I just looked up "having a stroke slang" and now i get it. Silly me, giggle, giggle, blush blush, How old did you say you were, I feel like I am back in high school giggle, giggle, giggle...

    Wendy

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    Re: Which one is better?

    Quote Originally Posted by ScoutR View Post
    Steve and Steve;

    Ok guys I just looked up "having a stroke slang" and now i get it. Silly me, giggle, giggle, blush blush, How old did you say you were, I feel like I am back in high school giggle, giggle, giggle...

    Wendy
    I'm probably too old for you Wendy, but quickly changing the subject I think this is an example of where Orton works:

    Which  one is better? Sharpening Comparison

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