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    Is this pointless?

    Hi, I took that shot of my puppy running in snow when a little mouse pass by him running full speed...I noticed that little creature only when viewing on computer screen...Can I do something to improve quality ? ( I find it funny to watch and would like to keep it). I tried to sharpen, noise,etc..but still not nice, Is it pointless ?

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    Re: Is this pointless?

    Hi Marie-Josee,

    It's never gonna be great, but I reckon, from fullsize RAW (assuming that's not already a significant crop) I could do something with it.

    It would take multiple passes of USM with varying Amounts and Radii, and keep an eye on threshold.

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    hummmmm !! You are talking to a girl that's still reading: photo for dummy ! What's USM ? and RADii ? I'll try more stuff...thanks for looking at it...
    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    Hi Marie-Josee,

    It's never gonna be great, but I reckon, from fullsize RAW (assuming that's not already a significant crop) I could do something with it.

    It would take multiple passes of USM with varying Amounts and Radii, and keep an eye on threshold.

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    I would keep it even if it isn't the best photo ever. The whole point of it is that it is a funny and memorable photo of your pup that you will still enjoy a long time to come.

    Pssstt!! Notice he said "I", being "he", could do something with it.

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    Is this any better? It is oversharpened, but that was the only way to bring out the details in the dog's face. I also did not apply any noise reduction, because that would further reduce the amount of details in the photo.


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    Nice treatment Blazing Fire.

    I agree that the sharpening is, to my eye, right on the border of 'over-cooking' it. But it does also impart a lovely crisp feel to the snow.

    Great shot, and well worth being a keeper.

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    You are never going to recover a lot of anything extra from this but you caught a great moment and you should be very happy with that! Don't enter a photo competition with it but I am sure your family and friends will love it. Tell them your dog was running flat out when you caught this... neil

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    Re: Is this pointless?

    I've had a little play with your photo, Marie Josee.

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    Very basically, I selected the dog and the mouse using the freehand lasso tool then feathered the selection; and applied a little bit of sharpening (Unsharp Mask Tool).

    Because of the selection, the sharpening was only applied to the selected area (dog and mouse) not the background; so they appear sharper than the background.

    Then just a little tidying up with a Blur Tool and a slight adjustment of the contrast using Curves.

    I often use this method for enhancing my insect photos. The correct method of selective sharpening involves the use of layers and semi transparent masks, but this simpler workaround usually produces a suitable result.

    ps. it would work well if combined with Neil's suggestion for blurring the background.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToadSlayer View Post
    Nice treatment Blazing Fire.

    I agree that the sharpening is, to my eye, right on the border of 'over-cooking' it. But it does also impart a lovely crisp feel to the snow.

    Great shot, and well worth being a keeper.
    Thank you.

    PS: I did not use unsharp mask. Since there clearly was motion blur in the original photo, I used smart sharpen instead.

    I like tihsgod's version too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tihsgod View Post
    You are never going to recover a lot of anything extra from this but you caught a great moment and you should be very happy with that! Don't enter a photo competition with it but I am sure your family and friends will love it. Tell them your dog was running flat out when you caught this... neil

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    Great idea! Good use of postprocessing

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    Hey, thank you all !! I was happily surprise with all the photos !! If you don`t mind, I`ll keep a few versions...if it`s OK with you...they are so cool !!! thans a lot !!!

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    Re: Is this pointless?

    Nothing in which something is learned, is ever pointless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisC View Post
    Nothing in which something is learned, is ever pointless.
    I can hear my headmaster saying that to me sixty five years ago
    Just a few weeks before he threw me out

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    Re: Is this pointless?

    My headmaster's - well, head mistresses as they were all nuns, found other ways to get one's attention - rulers and knuckles....and despite the pain, we did learn. Maybe that was the point afterall.

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