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Old 3rd June 2009, 11:54   #5461
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Woah!!! fantastic TG.

Here is what I started to shoot yesterday, havent deliberately softened the light/settled the backgroud etc - to improvize on further shoots
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Old 3rd June 2009, 12:13   #5462
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I have witnessed some brilliant pictures in the last 3 pages and my compliments to all you chaps. Way to go folks..

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some brilliant work there, however retain the color instead of desaturating the image. Once again its purely based on one's own choice.

Why dont you get a colorful coffee mug and try this gimmick. Works to your satisfaction.
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Old 3rd June 2009, 12:19   #5463
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@Rocky Balboa
I agree totally with Riju there.
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TG,

Very nicely done and explained too. Thank you for that. Have always been averse to Photoshop and was using lightroom till yesterday. I got this particular link from INW, and many other techniques from INW website (mostly by Sudhir) and was hooked to Photoshop. Now I am waiting to get home and try it more. Here is a link for some simple basic photoshop stuff, which is very easy to understand and try.

www.tipsfromthetopfloor.com/psc/

PS gurus,

Would it be possible for any of you to post an easy to understand way of increasing the saturation only to some parts of the photograph using layer masks? It will be of great help to all of us who are still at the lower rung of the Photoshop ladder. Thanks in advance.

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Old 3rd June 2009, 12:34   #5465
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Thanks Riju and Mukul,

These were the first few shots that I tried, didnt find anything but this glass yesterday. Hence the desaturated photos.
' have plans for colored water and colorful mugs for the weekend.
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Torqueguru- The explanation on the previous page was really helpful. Thanks.

Exhaust_Note - I didnt have to use a zoom. This was at the Butterly Jungle @ The Natural History Museum in London. You could hold the camera as close and they wouldnt fly away. ITs really worth a visit for anyone visiting London.
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hmmm. Samir that also explains the clear colors . I did very little nature here in and around Mumbai but the images all seem to have a haze. :(

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I stack exposure 1 over exposure 2, and then apply a mask over Exposure 1 and mask out the ares i dont want to be seen. In this case i mask out the over bright areas.
Here is a snapshot of the mask.


And once that is done and the exposures are blended in with various opacity brushes, the final image looked like this.


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phew that is too much work

i am still struggling with the darn left to right tilt.
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i am still struggling with the darn left to right tilt.
use picasa/irfanview to fix it.
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use picasa/irfanview to fix it.

Great! thanks. will download and try correcting
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Here is what I started to shoot yesterday, havent deliberately softened the light/settled the backgroud etc - to improvize on further shoots
Nice idea Rocky. When I bought my camera, I did tried some water droplet shots. Here are some of them:

Pure
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Symphony
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Mystic
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Yellow Top
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The shots did not turn out the way I wanted. There are lot of articles on the net explaining simple to complex Setups for taking these kind of pic. Here are some things that I noticed (but never reapplied ):

1. Get external Flash and synchronize it for faster Shutter Speeds.
2. User Colorful background, but frame your pic so that the background is avoided to the extent possible (you only need the reflections from water)
3. Use coloured water or other liquids.
4. Determine the point where the water droplets will hit the water surface, manually focus your lens at that point.
5. If possible use external shutter trigger.
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Nice idea Rocky. When I bought my camera, I did tried some water droplet shots. Here are some of them:
@TESA: I can see continuous improvement in these shots... its like CMM level 5... continuous process improvement..! Good ones, I've never been successful getting a water droplet shot...

A funny shot from my side, taken while I was trying to photograph my 2 month old daughter, wife just grabbed her feet and asked me to click! (I had to click - you know ;-)) Done some PP on the 16 bit tiff, then converted to jpeg and added glow in Picasa.

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taken while I was trying to photograph my 2 month old daughter, wife just grabbed her feet and asked me to click! (I had to click - you know ;-)) Done some PP on the 16 bit tiff, then converted to jpeg and added glow in Picasa.
Lovely shot there, very cute infact. I am not experienced enough to judge compositions but I think I may call this a lovely composition.

Here is a shot of clouds that are backed by sun:
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This is called 'threshold gallery':
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Lovely shot there, very cute infact. I am not experienced enough to judge compositions but I think I may call this a lovely composition.

Here is a shot of clouds that are backed by sun:
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This is called 'threshold gallery':
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Thanks deetee. The clouds picture is a stunner. Which camera?
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Have been fascinated with randomly taking pictures recently, and some of them have come out well..

Here is one.
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