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Aimee c. Eisaman
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Phello Photogs- Week 3 Ellen


 
 
Have fun working on this beautiful country scene from Ellen!

5/16/2009 4:56:19 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thank you Ellen for submitting another good image for this exercise. The beauty of it is that it presents an entirely different approach than the other two and the variety this offers the club are wonderful.

When I first saw this image I knew that I wanted to keep your original concept of the shot intact. My goal was to find a way to accent the purpose of the scene. At least for me the purpose was to get the viewer to take the path through the gate and enter the meadow of flowers in the sunlight.

To do this I first leveled the shot and then cropped especially from the left. The image didn't need to be framed from all sides because the overhead tree and the trunks at the right did that. The tree at the left was more a distraction from the real star, the gate.

Since the image was washed out I did a multiply blend at 100% and saturated to +12 and flattened the image.

To take a little attention away from the leaves of the tree and more to the gate and the meadow, I applied the 'filter/artistic/dry brush at all the max settings on everything except the meadow.

I then flattened the image again and cloned the bright sky from the upper right tree area, duplicated the image again and applied a soft-light blend at about 30%.

5/16/2009 8:55:49 AM

 
Michael J. Kelly
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  Gate to the Past
Gate to the Past
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Ellen as Dale said thank you for a great image to work with.

I certainly agree with the assessment of the concept, but took a slightly different path to bring it out.

I started by leveling the shot and then did a fairly strong crop to bring the opening closer to ROT.

Adjusted levels and converted to B&W with a custom sepia tone.

Did a high pass with soft light and a linear burn blend cat very low opacity.

Flattened the image and applied poster edges filter.

cloned a few remaining bright sky spots out.

5/16/2009 11:24:05 AM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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Okay - this was fun! Control over the seasons!!
First I cleaned up the branches with a simple clone and I cloned in some leaves to cover the distortion I was seeing in the center area near the apex of the big branch.
Then I duplicated a layer and did a high pass blended with hard light.
Next I duplicated the image and dragged one on top of the other and did a multiply blend at about 50%
Then I applied three Nik Colorpro FX filters in this order: fall foliage, glamour glow and dynamic skin softener. Still wanted a different look and went for a graduated fog. Too much????

5/16/2009 10:34:52 PM

 
Vicki Snow
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Ellen...here's my version. I'm so new to all of this. Everyone here puts up such beautiful images with filters and effects...and I just sit in the back of the class wishin I knew what the heck I was doing. I tried to make it look like a canvas painting...this is what I got. It was fun trying all those cool buttons in my editing program...btw I used the undo button ALOT I did a little bit of cloning and adjusted the color a little.
I noticed on the one tree there was chicken wire wrapped around the bottom...what's the purpose for that?

5/18/2009 6:31:04 PM

 
Aimee c. Eisaman
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I know I'm not really around these days, but I don't want to be left out of this project so I did a quick edit and thought it came out kinda nice. :~)

5/19/2009 5:08:26 AM

 
Sharon Lohrmann
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  wow you all are doing an amazing job with these. i'm sorry I haven't joined the fun. but since I joined masterpiece membership and i'm taking two classes i'm a little stretched at the moment. anyway, I wanted to stop by and see howeveryone's images have turned out. they look really super.

5/22/2009 1:58:43 PM

 
Peter W. Marks
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  Vicki, I saw your question while admiring everyone's work on this scene. Wire around trees is usually put there to prevent animals, such as deer from rubbing off the bark and damaging the tree.

5/22/2009 7:04:34 PM

 
Anthony L. Mancuso
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  This time I didn't look at anyone elses before I embarked on my edit and I see Deb used the same NIK colorpro filters as I did to change the season..i usde it three times and erased over a portion of each one to create different fall tones..i applied a multiply blend at around 40% to darken the leaves and erased over the lower portion to leave the exposure in that area as is..lastly I applied a vignette..

Its really cool to see all the different renditions of the same image..they all came out great!

5/22/2009 8:09:38 PM

 
Ellen H. Robertson
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  Tony, yours did not come thru. I agree that all of the renditions are fabuolus. This has been a really fun and educational project.

5/23/2009 4:12:34 AM

 
Debbra L. Bailey
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  Christie and Ellen, I just realized I never worked on your images! Totally forgot about it! I have been flying at work with my Art Show and at home with concerts, etc... just slipped my mind! I am so sorry!

5/23/2009 5:26:30 PM

 
Debbra L. Bailey
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  Deb's Ellen Pic
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OK, here is my shot at it! Finally! lol

I cloned, used a paint filter, cropped, saturated, mulitplied and added a vingette!

5/23/2009 7:10:50 PM

 
Anthony L. Mancuso
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Thanks Ellen..I don't know how I didnt notice that...let me try again...

5/23/2009 7:26:31 PM

 
Jeanine M. Bailey
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Here's my version!! I will admit...I got lazy and should've cloned the wire on the tree!! I added contrast, a foliage filter, 50% opacity of posterization at level 4, and then cropped.

5/23/2009 7:30:22 PM

 
Ellen H. Robertson
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  the pasture gate
the pasture gate
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Everyones versions have been wonderful. Interesting how one shot can look so different.
Here is my version. High pass, color burn, opacity 50%, posterized.

5/25/2009 5:51:04 PM

 
Christie R. Bielss
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I'm way behind with everything that's been going on the past 2 weeks, but I'm playing catch up now. Didn't want to miss out!

I increased the sat/contrast, did some color burn, added the palette knife filter, then a distort glow filter, then a texturizer.

5/31/2009 6:12:37 PM

 
Christie R. Bielss
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  Ellen's photo-edited
Ellen's photo-edited
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Ok, so we'll try this again!

5/31/2009 6:15:57 PM

 
Jodi M. Walsh
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okay, finally got to complete the assignment- here is my version :-)

6/9/2009 8:18:46 AM

 

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