Castle on an Island

Discussion in 'Retouching and Post Processing' started by RayGuselli, Dec 11, 2005.

  1. RayGuselli

    RayGuselli

    Oct 18, 2005
    Piel castle is on an island with a few inhabitants and a pub.

    Got a shot today and had some fun processing.

    OK, my usual OTT work but hope you may like it.

    Any help and/or advice always appreciated.

    Very best wishes

    Ray

    original

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    Processed

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  2. Nice work Ray !! :smile:
     
  3. heiko

    heiko

    May 15, 2005
    Israel
    I like it! Good job you did.
     
  4. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    That is very pretty Ray.
     
  5. As usual, Ray, you turned a good photo into something spectacular.
     
  6. Wow Ray!!!! What a transformation. I must say that when I looked at the first photo, I didn't have much hope. Then, I scrolled down the page and realized just how n00b I am. I bow to you, sir. And, I humbly ask, "how the heck did you do that?" :biggrin:
     
  7. RayGuselli

    RayGuselli

    Oct 18, 2005
    Hi Yokimbo

    Hi Kim

    So pleased you like what I have done.

    I must tell you that all of my work was originally considered to be "overprocessed" whereas now, it is accepted as a style, my "style" and it has become accepted - which is very nice.

    To get the effects I always have a set routine in Photoshop and which is as follows.

    Create new adjustment layer for levels.

    Adjusting the RGB first.

    I always bring the left hand side in to darken and make colours stronger and then pull the right in, to brighten - just a bit.

    Then I open within the levels controls the colours RGB.

    I move the red to the left and the blue to the right to get more red and green into the shots.

    Then I create a new layer for curves.

    I adjust curves to my taste.

    Then create a new layer for saturation - I always increase this either by colour or as a whole.

    Then an adjustment layer for contrast - increase contrast.

    These adjustments are all to taste and are usually quite small - but enough to see the change

    Then I do some Painting with light. You need to download the action from Atncentral.com. (it is free - search for painting with light)

    I always overdo this to get the strong and dramatic effects.

    Then when finished I often change the sky.

    To do this I use Russell browbs advanced masking technique to make a mask to replace the original sky.

    I then paste in a new sky and using layer mask - get it right.

    Then I adjust that layer for colour etc.

    Then I often flatten the image to do more work - repeating the above until it is dramatic.

    I hope that the above help.


    Very best wishes

    Ray
     
  8. Wow again! What a process. Thanks for the info.

    How long does it take you to run through an image with this workflow?

    How long did it take you to get comfortable and fairly efficient using this workflow?

    Thanks again and happy holidays.
     
  9. RayGuselli

    RayGuselli

    Oct 18, 2005
    Hi Kim

    It is not really that bad.

    I now know what I m looking for and whether the image I want to process will work in the way I want.

    I usually know within 2 minutes if it will work - if not it gets ditched.

    However, the one of the castle was very easy and took no more than about 10 minutes.

    I have posted one of a tractor in this forum and which is more elaborate and interesting - that took more time - but was fun.

    So, depends on the shot really Kim - annything from 10 minutes to say, 1 hour for the tractor shot.

    I hope that helps a little.

    I am going to look for the most difficult I did and which is also posted here and post again with the detail for you - just to let you see what effect can be obtained and what is probably my favourite.

    Kim - have alook at these posts they are fun images

    https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=58000
    https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=57666
    https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=56994


    All the best

    Ray
     
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  10. Thanks again Ray. I look forward to your post on the subject. I enjoyed the links. Nice images.
     
  11. voider

    voider

    564
    Nov 11, 2005
    Hamburg, Germany
    Hi Ray,

    I just tried some of your techniques and learned so much. Thanks a lot
     
  12. RayGuselli

    RayGuselli

    Oct 18, 2005
    Hi Timur

    My pleasure

    Hope it has helped a little.

    Please let me know if I can help any more.

    Have a good Christmas.

    All the best

    Ray
     
  13. Robert

    Robert

    Jul 24, 2005
    Canada
    beautiful transformation

    I very much like the result you achieved, and appreciate the info regarding the processing you applied. Thanks...and Happy New Year!
    Robert
     
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