Abandoned crane in Berlin

Discussion in 'Critique Forum Archives' started by Iron Flatline, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. Ok, I need some help. I have a picture that is not particularly interesting, but I have the feeling that in the hands of someone with more Photoshop skills, this might actually be a good picture. My goal was to go for something cold and industrial.

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    I just can't seem to get the coloration right, nor the contrast, the light, the hue... ever have days like that? Where every little switch you slide seems to make it worse, and you just can't stop yourself?

    So, what do you think I should do?

    Not only is this ok to edit, I've even provided links to my .psd files and the raw data. It's a CR2 file.

    Click here to download the .psd file Warning: 88 MB

    Click here to download the .cr2 file Warning: 11 MB

    You'll note that I did some perspective cropping, so the original RAW file is a little different. The .psd file includes all my layers, but won't allow you to undo my perspective crop, or some adjustments to the shadow/highlights setting.

    Whatever changes you make, please explain them to me. I need to learn, getting a little tired of my same old tricks.
     
  2. Remi M.

    Remi M. TPF Noob!

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    First, it's really cool that you posted the raw files. I like editing other peoples photos.

    I also took pictures of the same crane when I was in Berlin in May. Here is one of mine:
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    I'l start on your photo, see if I can do anything with it.
     
  3. Awesome, love it. I like that you had some light. My image was taken in late July, at around 10 PM - hence the weird light. If you shot the crane, I assume you also turned around and got the Oberbaum Bruecke... :D

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  4. Remi M.

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    Alright here is my try at it:
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    A crop, level and curves adjustment, some selective color work and a little viginetting.
     
  5. Remi M.

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    Yes I got the bridge :)[​IMG]

    But I like your version much better. I should have stuck around for a night shot.
     
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    I guess heres my stab at it for a more industrial look.

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    Another stab, but now not a crane shot, but I noticed a cool framing in the image. So see what ya think.

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  8. Hey, thanks guys. I have to say, I really like both the cropped versions.

    Remi, you coloration (and the light vignetting) help, but what really puts the emphasis on the crane is the cropping of the long space in front of it. I like that a lot.

    Kevin, just focusing on the area underneath the crane is also a really good call! I'm going to try and tweak that in color.

    Thanks guys.

    Anyone else want to take a stab at it?
     
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  10. Hey, that's pretty cool.

    The NSP layer is a called Nik Sharpener 2.0. It's pretty nice. On one hand the sharpening creates some noise, but you apply it like a layer mask, with a mouse or a wacom pen. You can either wipe it over large swaths, or just run it along the edges of something that might need sharpening. I like the tool a lot. What's esp. cool is that you can first select what the display mode is. So it might be for a screen, or for an Epson printer, or whatever else. Then you can tell it from how far the image will be viewed. Is it a 5x7 inch photo being viewed at arm's length, or is it 4x5 feet poster and hanging on a wall, being viewed from 6 feet away. The Pro version will even let you sharpen for building size prints being viewed from 80-100 feet away!
     
  11. You know, I've never actually done selective coloring. I've never found the right image to apply it to. How did you go about doing it? A layer converted to b&w, then cut through so the color shines through from behind? What method do you use?
     
  12. EBphotography

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    Hey Iron Flatline,

    The easiest way to accomplish this is duplicate the layer, desaturate, and then erase so color shines through, which I think you already stated, so you were on the right track! This picture has a lot of choices in editting!
     

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