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National Cathedral in Washington D.C.
Photo editing process detailed in discussion with original photo.

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Susan M. Hembree
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    Editing in PSCS included first straightening the horizon using the rows of seating. Then a distort followed by a skew transformation. Cropping was then done. Auto levels, Red Paw Media Beautifier filter helped to give an initial lightening and saturation of colors. Then color adjustments using the color balance and selective filters to taste. High pass filter duplicated until desired sharpening. Luminance adjustment to brighten.

5/30/2007 11:13:39 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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One correction to the above description. I actually straightened the horizon using the ruler tool, then I cropped the photo. I then distorted and skewed until I got the final photo the way I wanted.

5/30/2007 11:24:56 PM

 
Lynne Morris
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Wow Susan what a stunning image and your ps work is outstanding, love this!

5/31/2007 1:43:13 AM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Thanks, Lynn! I appreciate your comments!

5/31/2007 3:14:27 AM

 
Marthese A. Cassar
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Very nice photo & work. Can you please tell me where I can find the Red paw media beautifier fillter. Thx

5/31/2007 3:46:53 AM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Sure Marthese--The RPM Beautifier is a free plug-in for Photoshop. You can obtain the filter from this site:

http://www.redpawmedia.com/beautifier.html

Hope you enjoy the filter as much as I have. Thanks a lot for stopping by and commenting on my photo!

5/31/2007 3:52:07 AM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Nice work, Susan. Beautiful results.

5/31/2007 5:27:09 AM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Thanks, Kay!

5/31/2007 6:10:30 AM

 
INCONVENIENT TRUTH MC
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Very Beautiful image, the colors are amazing

5/31/2007 6:30:51 AM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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A very beautiful and eye- catchnig image here, Susan. The tones, detail, comp, lighitng and pov are all outstandingly beautiful!!!
Missed the past few days- too busy.
Lovely work here! Patrick

5/31/2007 12:32:10 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Thanks Manuel and Patrick! I really appreciate your comments. And Patrick, I certainly understand busy! Thanks for taking time to take a look today! Sue :)

5/31/2007 6:53:39 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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That is some kinda transformation, Susan! Terrific work... I like the almost painted quality, the clerestory light has, and just picking out the rood beam sculptures, high up in the shadows of the vault, near the back.

5/31/2007 7:36:26 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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You know Chris, I almost threw out this photo, but then thought, let me work with it and see what I can do. I was actually pleasantly surprised at how this turned out. Thanks for taking time to look tonight and your encouraging comments. I appreciate especially your explanation of the structural features in the cathedral.

5/31/2007 8:40:57 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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Hi Susan, this is on the EFP- rightly so! Excellent find!!! Patrick

6/2/2007 5:16:26 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Thanks, Patrick! I had a day at the cathedral in D.C. last weekend and got some very nice shots when I was there.

6/2/2007 6:22:02 PM

 
Peter R. Hammer
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Excellent PS work Susan. The lighting is sublime and this is a wonderful end result.

6/3/2007 3:23:21 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Thanks, Peter!

6/3/2007 3:52:24 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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A big congratulations, Susan. I love this (though I like the one with chairs even better :) ) Well-deserved finalist.

6/26/2007 2:46:39 PM

 
Peter R. Hammer
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Congratulations on making the finals Susan. Good to see that all the work you put in has paid off.

6/26/2007 4:00:07 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Susan, I'm so happy to see this one again! Congratulations!

6/26/2007 4:55:13 PM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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Truly amazing...and CONGRATULATIONS on this beauty!

6/26/2007 7:28:12 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Thanks, everyone! I am truly pleased that I decided to not pass this one up.

6/26/2007 7:31:56 PM

 
Mike Perez
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Congratulations on your wonderful Finalist, Susan!

6/26/2007 8:53:58 PM

 
Lester A. Garcia
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Susan, how could I have missed this? One of your best photos of cathedrals and I remember the other one too. Congrats!

6/26/2007 9:17:39 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Thanks Mike and Lester!

6/27/2007 5:02:01 AM

 
Cindy Wong
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Thanks for sharing your PS tips! Very stunning image! Congratulations on this awesome finalist, Susan!!! :)

6/27/2007 9:49:52 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, Cindy!

6/27/2007 10:43:09 PM

 
Lynn Haack
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Susan...somehow I missed this beautiful work of art! The design and tones are excellent. I love that you included the original photo. Thank you for sharing! Belated...CONGRATS!! Lynn

6/29/2007 2:53:35 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Lynn--I hope you get this as I tried to write you back and it came back to me as the e-mail address doesn't work.

Anyways, I started the photo discussion of with photo with a response. This of course brings up the box for you to write your response. There is a tab that asks you if you would like to download a photo under the response box, above the "If you would like to be notified..." check tab. It will ask how many you want to download (there is a
drop down menu that says, "Select". Just select the number you want to
download). Then, hit submit and it will bring up a new page that will ask you for information about the photo. Enter in all the information that you want, check the box to not submit to the contest, check the rule box, uncheck the respond box, then hit "Submit Your Photo". It took me a few times to get this right; I actually had to delete everything once and re-upload a second time. I sure hope this helps you.

Thanks for your comment about my photography. Your site is pretty awesome, too, especially your two truck photos. Congrats again on both of those!

6/29/2007 3:51:58 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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Congratulations on being a finalist, Susan!

6/30/2007 7:39:52 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Thanks again, Patrick!

7/1/2007 7:25:44 AM

 
RC  Fritz
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Excellent. Congratulations Susan. Another great Finalist!!

7/1/2007 7:54:45 AM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Thanks so much, RC!

7/1/2007 8:04:32 AM

 
linda sue anderson
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Susan,
Beautiful picture. I want to thank you for telling us how you edit your pictures. May I can learn from it.

1/17/2008 6:31:48 PM

 
linda sue anderson
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Susan,
I downloaded the redpawmedia.com/beautifier. It said it was in my Adobe Photoshop. Cannot find it in Adobe. Where should I look?

1/21/2008 12:55:41 PM

 
Lisa A. Car
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Great shot!! Very deserving of the win :)

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