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    How to add some zip to those colorless shots made against a bright overcast sky that turn out almost black and white:

Open your photo in Photoshop
Image>Auto Levels
Filters>Stylized>Find Edges

Bingo you now have a rather colorful image. If you use the simplifier filter (BuZZ), you can take it a little farther and smooth out those speckles into a wonderful gradient.

Filters>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask (I used amount 50, radius 0.7 & threshold 1) Repeat 3X
Image>Image Size>Uncheck Resample and used 72 for Resolution>OK
Image>Image Size>Check Resample and used Bicubic and 750 pixels for width>OK
Filters>Buzz Simplifier>Buzz Stack>Simplifier #1 at 155%
Filters>Shapen>Unsharp Mask (same settings used above but just once)

Cock-A-Doodle-Do :0)

PS Just a note that the original photo was shot at ISO 400 so there may be a bit more noise in the bright sky for PS to find when is does its equalize, find edges, etc.?? My point is that if you shoot at 50 or 100 ISO you may not get the same results. If you still need info about the simplifier filter (buzz) send me your e-mail address and Ill send it.

9/30/2003 4:14:20 AM

Colette M. Metcalf
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This is cool, Murry!!

9/30/2003 4:18:32 AM

Charlene Bayerle
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Wow!!! Very cool Murry!! And thanks for sharing!!

9/30/2003 4:20:01 AM

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Here is another sample of this technique applied to the sky only. I selected the washed out sky mostly using the magic wand and I skipped the invert step but the rest is the same. Then I buzzed the entire image :0)

9/30/2003 4:22:17 AM

Joy Brown
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Outstanding job, Murry!

9/30/2003 4:28:22 AM

Jeff W. Robinson
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Nice work Murry! Everyone will appreciate the extra tips for improving their results! Jeff

9/30/2003 4:30:47 AM

Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Wow, that is the coolest!! Amazing job!

9/30/2003 4:36:15 AM

Sharon D. Waters
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Awesome murry!!!

9/30/2003 4:41:04 AM

Robert Mann
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Thanks, Murry! These are great! I cannot wait to try them. RoB

9/30/2003 5:10:13 AM

Patricia A. Kuniega
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Who knew you could get such a gorgeous sky out of the blahs? You did! Thanks for sharing your technique. This will be fun to try!

9/30/2003 5:14:24 AM

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Thanks, Colette, Char, Joy, Jeff, Carolyn, Sharon, Rob and Patricia :0)

9/30/2003 5:44:24 AM

Theresa McCloskey

member since: 12/11/2002

cool shot :-)

9/30/2003 5:46:04 AM

Sherri Conley
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Well, this is just too cool, Murry! Thanks for sharing this with us! :)

9/30/2003 5:52:14 AM

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Thanks, Theresa and Sherri :0)

9/30/2003 5:55:01 AM

Paul Coco

member since: 9/12/2003

Wonderful work, Murry. Thanks for sharing the technique.

9/30/2003 7:31:58 AM

Karen Engelbreth
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Cool shot, Murry!

9/30/2003 9:11:10 AM

Ellen Peach
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Where do I sign up for your class, Murry? Excellent always!!!

9/30/2003 10:24:30 AM

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Thanks, Paul and Karen :0)

9/30/2003 10:24:48 AM

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Oops we crossed in cyberspace, Ellen! Thanks for the kind comment :0)

9/30/2003 10:27:26 AM

Suzie Strasburg

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Very good Murry!!!Very cool image!:~)))

9/30/2003 11:36:26 AM

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Thanks, Suzie :0)

9/30/2003 11:38:30 AM

Susana Matos
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THANK YOU for your information, I have just saved it!
The first photo is MAGNIFICENT, I really like it!
Cheers Su

9/30/2003 2:41:32 PM

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Thanks, Su :0)

9/30/2003 4:01:51 PM

Gary Minish
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Excellent work on both of these, Murry! Thanks for the short course also, it's greatly appreciated :-)

9/30/2003 7:43:34 PM

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Thanks, Gary, and you are welcome :0)

9/30/2003 8:40:31 PM

Evy Johansen
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Great work - thanks for the information, Murry!

9/30/2003 11:31:39 PM

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Thank you, Evy :0)

10/1/2003 5:07:13 AM

Philip Pankov
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Great image and great advice!

Philip Pankov
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9/24/2005 6:18:45 PM

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