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Joshua Tree

Discussion in 'Through-the-Lens Club' started by Fred, Oct 20, 2006.

  1. Fred

    Fred Lifetime Member Millennium Member

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    taken at Joshua Tree NP

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    Gorgeous! Looks 3D. :number1:
     

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    I was just wondering what it would look like with selectively sharpened leftmost Joshua True.
     
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    Hmm, good idea. Need to find some time to try that. Let me make sure I understand you - you're saying to sharpen only the left-hand tree, and perhaps apply a slight gaussian blur to the rest of the image?
     
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    I'd be very careful with the blur. Perhaps tiny sharpening to the tree could be enough to set it off. If not, one would have to experiment with the blur not to make it too obvious. I wonder if there is a way to make it gradual (like using a gradient tool). There probably is, but I haven't experimented with it. That could create a better sense of depth. I think this photo would be worth playing around with, if just to learn some techniques. It's always more fun to experiment with a nice subject. :)
     
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    I'll try some things, but like you, don't know how to effectively use the gradient tool. Thanks for all your comments and suggestions. :)
     
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    You're welcome. I use the gradient tool sometimes for fake sky (okay, I admit it ;)), but haven't tried it yet with other options. Try it and tell us how to do it. :supergrin:

    For sky I use it primarily when, due to a high dynamic range, the sky comes out poorly or grainy.
     
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    just checked your link, and that sky looks great! :thumbsup:
     
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    You people are waaaaaaaay more patient than I am :supergrin:
     
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    ;)

    Fred, simply a stunning shot. :thumbsup:
     
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    Cool pic.

    I'm not at all saying it is, but it's odd how it looks "fake" (e.g. a rendering or photoshop or something). It's like everything is too, well, there. I don't know how to describe it exactly.

    Cool pic though. :)
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    I know what you mean. I sometimes look at a picture and think it must be fake. I can assure you this one isn't, but yes, I did work on it in PS. Nothing fancy - adjusted levels, hue/saturation layer used, NIK brilliance/warmth filter to give it some "pop", and final sharpening.
     
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    It is incredible. Makes me want to see the place and I *hate* hot weather. For me to be inclined to venture into the desert is pretty amazing in itself :rofl:
     
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    Oh, but it's dry heat. [​IMG]
     
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    :tongueout:

    I am a December baby! It is COLD and SNOW! that I love :supergrin:
     
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    I am a spring man myself, which in California will start very soon (our "winter" on the coast is really spring). :)