Glass Flower


Anvh

Link Posted 03/03/2010 - 19:03
It started with an idea how to improve the edges slightly to give the photo more punch but I got a bit carried away, it was an orange flower

Please click on it since this little size deforms the effect.



Well I quite like it, it's just the blown highlights I'm not happy with, does anyone have an idea how to reduce that?
Any other suggestions and tips or questions are also welcome

ps. here is the original link
Stefan


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Last Edited by Anvh on 03/03/2010 - 19:06

Anvh

Link Posted 03/03/2010 - 19:17
An different question, is this a photograph or not?
And why so?
Stefan


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womble

Link Posted 03/03/2010 - 19:22
I cannot answer either of your questions but I like it, a great deal. I don't really think the argument of "graphic art" v. "photography" matters really. Would I be happy with this on my wall? Yes! Job done...

K.
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bwlchmawr

Link Posted 03/03/2010 - 19:26
Oh Stefan...that colour and the black background and beautifully bevelled frame...did I even notice the blown highlights?

Regards,

Andrew
Best wishes,

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Anvh

Link Posted 03/03/2010 - 19:31
Thank you Kris.
I'm indeed also tempted to print it out and see how it would look on paper but the amount of inkt there might go into

About the "graphic art" vs "photography" came to me because in the last few months my view on what's a photograph or not has broaden a lot. I was one of the purists when I began but now I just throw in any effect or what not to make it different, I would not have called this a photograph but I do now.
Stefan


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womble

Link Posted 03/03/2010 - 19:34
Can you let us know how you made the graduated border? I like it a great deal in this shot.

Thanks, Kris.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

Anvh

Link Posted 03/03/2010 - 19:36
bwichmawr wrote:
Oh Stefan...that colour and the black background and beautifully bevelled frame...did I even notice the blown highlights?

Regards,

Andrew

Thank you Andrew, not bad for an accident
The blue was also accidental because I was trying to recover the highlights and I inverse some layers (i Believe this image counts 12 layers in total) and it became blue and I loved it.

And the framing, I took that from someone else so feel free to copy it from me.
If you've photoshop I can explain it to you how to do it.
Stefan


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womble

Link Posted 03/03/2010 - 19:37
CS3 here!
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

Prieni

Link Posted 03/03/2010 - 19:41
Stefan, stuff the blown highlights. This is a great image, no matter whether it is a photo or other image.

I have tried, though, to make the highlights a bit less dominating. I don't think it improves the image much, though...




Prieni
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Anvh

Link Posted 03/03/2010 - 19:49
I've done it in photoshop and it's really simple really.

There is one thing you need and that's 2 or more layers.

If you're done with your photo you enlarge the canvas to create the border, do that to your own judgement. If everything is alight it will enlarge the canvas but not the photo so you get an border.
Then select the top layer of the photo and go into the layer option (double click), and the option you want to check on is "Outer Glow", I think that one is self explaining what it does.
In that option you can select the colour, how big and how the steep the transition must be and more things, just have a play with things.

The best effects are created with a gradient from a colour to transparent and the background colour is simply a "fill" in the extra created pixels when you enlarge the canvas.

So Basicly
- Enlarge canvas creates the broader
- layer above that with an "outer glow" from the layer options, creates the glow which is blue in my photo.

Is this understandable or do you want some pictures?

ps. this can also be done with other pixel editing programs most likely so give it a try.
Stefan


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Last Edited by Anvh on 03/03/2010 - 19:54

Anvh

Link Posted 03/03/2010 - 19:52
Prieni wrote:
Stefan, stuff the blown highlights. This is a great image, no matter whether it is a photo or other image.

I have tried, though, to make the highlights a bit less dominating. I don't think it improves the image much, though...

Thank you Preini, I had the same problem, you will lose the 3D, but your attempt is better then that from mine.

I will just have to live with it.
Stefan


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DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
AF-540FGZ
Last Edited by Anvh on 03/03/2010 - 19:52

mattcambs

Link Posted 03/03/2010 - 19:54
This is a seriously beautiful image, well done. I guess the highlights are blown due to too much contrast boost? They don't look blown in the original, so maybe just keep an eye on the histogram in Photoshop when tweaking
Matt

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bforbes

Link Posted 03/03/2010 - 19:54
I think I prefer it with the highlights. It is eye catching
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mattcambs

Link Posted 03/03/2010 - 19:57
bforbes wrote:
I think I prefer it with the highlights. It is eye catching

Yes, they do work don't they. Possibly because the image is black & white and blue only.
Matt

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Greytop

Link Posted 03/03/2010 - 19:57
Lovely work Stefan
Regards Huw

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