help with weedy seadragon
Posted 17 March 2009 - 07:32 PM
I took this photo yesterday in about 5mts of temperate water -I think its a killer shot -BUT its full of BS -can anyone help me clean it up to an acceptable standard for show and tell at my local photo club
thanks a million
Posted 17 March 2009 - 07:38 PM
The image isnt that badly affected to start with.
I'd run it through noise reduction software like noise ninja. I'd then do a bit of spot healing. I'd also increase the dark areas and lower the overall brightness of the image.
Posted 17 March 2009 - 11:48 PM
This is just a quick conversion. With a little more care I think it could be a very interesting result.
Posted 18 March 2009 - 12:39 AM
I can not see too much BS. But this is perhaps due to the small size of the pic here...
Anyway, what I tried with your pic is as follows:
- create a mask of the bright blue water (by selecting that color) and invert this mask to protect the sea dragon
- run a filter as "Remove noise" on the blue water (sorry I am not sure what that filter is called in the english languafe version of PS and I do not have even PS. I use a lowcost software PL32 which has that filter, so I guess that PS has got something equivalent). That already should remove most of the backscatter in the blue.
- edit the mask again: only protect now the sharp head of the sea dragon
- now run some noise reduction filter (noise ninja)
- and in the end you perhaps can tweak a little your tonal curves to a slightly lower brightness
(I hope it is okay to edit your photo and enter it into my reply )
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Posted 18 March 2009 - 11:01 AM
I hadn't noticed that until you pointed that out. This is why I suck.
My only critique of the result is the posterizing effect of the out of focus areas like the tail and chest.
Posted 18 March 2009 - 11:26 AM
In addition to NoiseWare, I did white balance to the white dots, mild replace color adjustment on the water, shadow/highlight, healing brush, a burning adjustment, plus general and selective sharpening. Had I been working with the original size I would have been more careful. I think the posterization could be minimized with a full resolution image and more care.
The blue water is slightly different in sRGB than in my original. It might be for the better though.
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Posted 18 March 2009 - 09:34 PM
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Posted 26 April 2009 - 09:57 PM
thanks re above photo it ended up being chosen as a "hot shot" for March in UWP cheers for all input