Awe Inspired

© Susan M. Hembree

Awe Inspired

Susan M. Hembree level-classic 5/30/2007 11:13:39 PM

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. #665265

Susan M. Hembree level-classic 5/30/2007 11:24:56 PM

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. #4349228

Lynne Morris 5/31/2007 1:43:13 AM

Wow Susan what a stunning image and your ps work is outstanding, love this! #4349488

Susan M. Hembree level-classic 5/31/2007 3:14:27 AM

Thanks, Lynn! I appreciate your comments! #4349668

Marthese A. Cassar 5/31/2007 3:46:53 AM

Very nice photo & work. Can you please tell me where I can find the Red paw media beautifier fillter. Thx #4349816

Susan M. Hembree level-classic 5/31/2007 3:52:07 AM

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

Hope you enjoy the filter as much as I have. Thanks a lot for stopping by and commenting on my photo! #4349846

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic 5/31/2007 5:27:09 AM

Nice work, Susan. Beautiful results. #4350429

Susan M. Hembree level-classic 5/31/2007 6:10:30 AM

Thanks, Kay! #4350665

INCONVENIENT TRUTH MC 5/31/2007 6:30:51 AM

Very Beautiful image, the colors are amazing #4350762

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 5/31/2007 12:32:10 PM

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 #4351684

Susan M. Hembree level-classic 5/31/2007 6:53:39 PM

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 :) #4352575

Christopher Budny level-classic 5/31/2007 7:36:26 PM

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. #4352683

Susan M. Hembree level-classic 5/31/2007 8:40:57 PM

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. #4352810

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 6/2/2007 5:16:26 PM

Hi Susan, this is on the EFP- rightly so! Excellent find!!! Patrick #4359236

Susan M. Hembree level-classic 6/2/2007 6:22:02 PM

Thanks, Patrick! I had a day at the cathedral in D.C. last weekend and got some very nice shots when I was there. #4359428

Peter R. Hammer 6/3/2007 3:23:21 PM

Excellent PS work Susan. The lighting is sublime and this is a wonderful end result. #4361782

Susan M. Hembree level-classic 6/3/2007 3:52:24 PM

Thanks, Peter! #4361876

Nikki McDonald level-classic 6/26/2007 2:46:39 PM

A big congratulations, Susan. I love this (though I like the one with chairs even better :) ) Well-deserved finalist. #4440012

Peter R. Hammer 6/26/2007 4:00:07 PM

Congratulations on making the finals Susan. Good to see that all the work you put in has paid off. #4441117

Christopher Budny level-classic 6/26/2007 4:55:13 PM

Susan, I'm so happy to see this one again! Congratulations! #4441713

Gail Vitikacs level-classic 6/26/2007 7:28:12 PM

Truly amazing...and CONGRATULATIONS on this beauty! #4443739

Susan M. Hembree level-classic 6/26/2007 7:31:56 PM

Thanks, everyone! I am truly pleased that I decided to not pass this one up. #4443780

Mike D. Perez level-classic 6/26/2007 8:53:58 PM

Congratulations on your wonderful Finalist, Susan! #4444480

Lester A. Garcia level-classic 6/26/2007 9:17:39 PM

Susan, how could I have missed this? One of your best photos of cathedrals and I remember the other one too. Congrats! #4444586

Susan M. Hembree level-classic 6/27/2007 5:02:01 AM

Thanks Mike and Lester! #4446418

Cindy Wong 6/27/2007 9:49:52 PM

Thanks for sharing your PS tips! Very stunning image! Congratulations on this awesome finalist, Susan!!! :) #4451408

Susan M. Hembree level-classic 6/27/2007 10:43:09 PM

Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, Cindy! #4451559

Lynn Haack 6/29/2007 2:53:35 PM

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 #4457417

Susan M. Hembree level-classic 6/29/2007 3:51:58 PM

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!

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 6/30/2007 7:39:52 PM

Congratulations on being a finalist, Susan! #4460655

Susan M. Hembree level-classic 7/1/2007 7:25:44 AM

Thanks again, Patrick! #4462039

RC Fritz 7/1/2007 7:54:45 AM

Excellent. Congratulations Susan. Another great Finalist!! #4462122

Susan M. Hembree level-classic 7/1/2007 8:04:32 AM

Thanks so much, RC! #4462146

linda sue anderson 1/17/2008 6:31:48 PM

Beautiful picture. I want to thank you for telling us how you edit your pictures. May I can learn from it. #5355691

linda sue anderson 1/21/2008 12:55:41 PM

I downloaded the It said it was in my Adobe Photoshop. Cannot find it in Adobe. Where should I look? #5372884

Lisa A. Car 1/14/2011 4:06:34 PM

Great shot!! Very deserving of the win :) #9163286

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

Exif: F Number: 3.5, Exposure Bias Value: +0, Exposure Time: 10/40, Flash: flash did not fire, ISO: 400, Focal Length: 18mm, Camera Model: NIKON D80

Uploaded on 5/30/2007 11:10:17 PM

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Camera: Nikon D80 Digital SLR Camera Photo Contest Finalist

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