Archive for the ‘Retouch’ Category

Color treatment

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Showing off a bit of post processing, this is two pairs of images straight from the camera and how they came out after some treatment. The first one is modified with temperature, black level, fill light, localized contrast and a couple of graduated filters that darkens the sky and lightens the ground.

The second is an example of play with composition. It’s exaggerated so that the sky is slightly brighter and the ground a lot darker, then cropped to a square and cut in half to make up a very symetrical black and white tile. I’m also using a grayscale treatment that darkens the blue colors of the ocean.

More out of focus

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Added some extra out of focus blur to this photo as you can see below. The original has a pretty shallow depth of field as it is, I think I shot it at 50 mm with F/2,8, but the background is still a bit “uneasy”. The added blur in the modified image makes the background more calm and less distracting. Adding more out of focus blur in the post processing is often more difficult than you would imagine, but in this occasion I think it came out nicely!

Background retouch

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

This is an example of a backlit image where the sky gets very close to completely flat (by over exposure white-out), a common problem. And if you didn’t bring your tripod and do multiple shots with different exposure and then create an HDR image later, some other technique is required. Since the crane has pretty simple and well defined edges, it is possible to mask it and replace the background manually. So that’s what I did. You can compare the images below.

Lego space police

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

A few backlit photos with replaced backgrounds …

Cloning removal

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

A trial at using the cloning stamp tool to remove an object, in this case a girl that was out of focus and also blurred by her own motion, that is just disturbing the scene. In this case I did not have a chance to wait a few seconds for her to pass, because my tram was already arriving, and besides, new people kept appearing all the time. I think the result is pretty good, and it would be hard to spot any artifacts if you did not know exactly where to look.

Original image  Girl removed