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Feb 14, 2012 17:28:52   #
English_Wolf Loc: Near Pensacola, FL
 
White point is not an option, it kills everything.

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Feb 15, 2012 10:48:51   #
deanc2006 Loc: lancaster ohio
 
I thought it was about taking better photos not pp

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Feb 15, 2012 12:43:57   #
English_Wolf Loc: Near Pensacola, FL
 
deanc2006 wrote:
I thought it was about taking better photos not pp

If you read the forum topic, it also covers PP and how to.
forum rules wrote:
- Post a "mini-tutorial" describing a technique you used to achieve something specific in the photo. (Teach others about framing, lighting, post-processing, etc.)

In this case it is how to balance Levels, exposure and tones in order to achieve a better result.

You now have three versions of the same image, the original that has lost it's nap and two corrections using two different approach. One goes toward more vibrancy at the expense of white details and the other that is measured and tries to respect the original. Both are good examples yet, there is a much better way: To separate the colorful elements using a precise mask that would allow a grater control as to where the changes are made and how.

On the mask question one can push the difficulty into four masks. The first one includes only the sky, the second the snow foreground, the third is composed of all colored elements and the last made of the dirty snow. Each is then processed differently using layers.

Another method, probably more elegant, consist of using four layers, process them individually and paint them back together by using a selection brush and opacity.

Here we turn toward expert use of sophisticated software and time. So the quick and dirty fix is offered as a fast solution.

I might just give it a go, just for fun as I never done that before. Now I need to reinstall Photoshop.

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Feb 15, 2012 14:08:20   #
exwsttex
 
I also thought that it was photo and pp - the reason I am asking is I own a small newspaper and am always looking for better photo's - evey answer I receive I learn some new.

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Feb 15, 2012 14:27:15   #
English_Wolf Loc: Near Pensacola, FL
 
First try at masking, I am not posting the 'original' as I will have to refine everything first... Like doing all the masks!!!
http://static.uglyhedgehog.com/upload/2012/2/14/thumb-1329247171369-img_3944.jpg
This the true original. The image position is different as I use the IMG tag to avoid duplicate postings of the same image on UHH.

Masked only the center racers. Note the white patch... Ugly error of masking but I am learning!
Masked only the center racers.  Note the white pat...

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Feb 15, 2012 16:10:25   #
English_Wolf Loc: Near Pensacola, FL
 
After masking all the 'important elements' I decided against it as the right side of the picture became distracting.

This will show the weakness of my masking...
This will show the weakness of my masking......

I added a slight level adjustment. Nothing to brag home about.
I added a slight level adjustment.  Nothing to bra...

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