Window Light?

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Postby ggroess » Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:10 pm

Ok a play on words....

Help this image along with some better balance, drama and color.  No specific goals here just make it look as good as possible.

Greg
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Postby mikemeister_admin » Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:26 pm

Just to show how out of touch I am - this is my quick correction
I await to see how bad it is compare to a 'proper' workflow
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Postby imported_ganna » Sun Sep 18, 2011 5:27 pm

Why not overdo it ;D  I threw it into Photomatix for a HDR feeling and then curved it and sharpened it
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Postby ggroess » Sun Sep 18, 2011 9:46 pm

Wow Ganna..The wall positively bleeds on my monitor...I like the effect...But....
I took this a different direction from where you have it...

For me, I wanted the window frame to be neutral and the rust colored areas to have as much color differentiation as possible.  I wanted the area under the frame to be "bluer" in appearance since it seemed like there was little or no Blue or Green in the image.  This makes a fine Black and White by the way; because it so monotone...

1) I opened with a contrast and tonal modification using CM on the Red and Green channels individually.  I set the Shadow and Highlight points on both Red and Green and adjusted the mid-tone contrast a bit to make the image overall "snappier".  I then copied the finished Red channel into the Blue channel.  I applied this as a Luminosity Layer and flattened the image.  I could have used the Zone system pins in CM but I found the contrast in the mid-tones  fairly easily.

2) Next step was a By the Numbers correction I copied the image onto a layer and applied the BTN result in Color Mode.  I flattened the image again.

3) In CM I switched to LAB for a color expansion.  I set a hue clock on the edge of the window frame to act as my color anchor and then using contrast pins I expanded the A channel by selecting two points on the red side of the channel and increasing the contrast between them.  I then moved the two points downward in this case until the hue clock A channel value matched up to the original one.  I moved onto the B channel and selected two points for the B channel expansion.  Keeping my goals in mind I placed on pin under the window and one pin in the "yellow" area near some rust.  I again applied a contrast pin move to the selected points and returned the B channel value at the hue clock back to where it started.  I applied this layer in normal mode.

4) Sharpened using a Highpass filter set to 1.7 pixels and reduced the opacity of the sharpen layer to 75%. 

That's about it...
Greg
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Postby mikemeister_admin » Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:53 pm

Nice,Greg.I like how you got slightly different overal colors for the upper and lower sections of the window.GregM
Also you and Zog kept the checkering to the bottom wood frame.
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Postby ggroess » Fri Sep 23, 2011 4:45 pm

The variation is due to expanding the colors in the B channel in LAB.  It's a great technique that give you lots of control.

Greg


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