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    Question How to improve this kind of lousy PS and photo?

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    My PS.. I understand it's lousy.. but dunno how to improve..



    Care to share your result also?

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    I do abit of architectural vis at work these are what i'll probably do if i'm going to be doing something punchy + contrasty

    1> straighten the buildings perspective + maintain a straight horizon
    2> sun direction should be obvious
    3> crop away distraction element near the edges if any
    4> sharpen the water reflection
    5> abit of color balancing - more blues @ shdw area, orange @ bright areas

    i think i did abit too much sharpening on the buildings in this sample

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    Quote Originally Posted by sapienz View Post

    I do abit of architectural vis at work these are what i'll probably do if i'm going to be doing something punchy + contrasty

    1> straighten the buildings perspective + maintain a straight horizon
    2> sun direction should be obvious
    3> crop away distraction element near the edges if any
    4> sharpen the water reflection
    5> abit of color balancing - more blues @ shdw area, orange @ bright areas

    i think i did abit too much sharpening on the buildings in this sample
    thank you. your PS is nice.. I didnt like the the color in my PS.. feeling like too much blues in the building also, but didnt do well in removing.

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    i guess one problem is you have a large expanse of water, while your subject is the city. Hence i added a little radial blur to hopefully draw the eye towards the city.

    Also, just for fun, i increased the red and blue channels somewhat to simulate a late evening light. The rest is merely layering and saturation modification in ps. I cheated a little. Part of the pp was done using my own code.

    This is the kind of over-the-top processing that not all will like.
    Last edited by ArchRival; 18th January 2009 at 06:41 PM.

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    I rarely PPed my landscape shots... :X
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchRival View Post


    i guess one problem is you have a large expanse of water, while your subject is the city. Hence i added a little radial blur to hopefully draw the eye towards the city.

    Also, just for fun, i increased the red and blue channels somewhat to simulate a late evening light. The rest is merely layering and saturation modification in ps. I cheated a little. Part of the pp was done using my own code.

    This is the kind of over-the-top processing that not all will like.
    cool.. the tricks are in Photoshop right? My software is GIMP, can not do these stuff.. The color is much nicer than before..

    I shot it in the early morning.. Expecting much nicer but dunno y original photo is like hell..


    Quote Originally Posted by Hexlord View Post
    I rarely PPed my landscape shots... :X
    then can show a few shots to see? how to get nice photos right out of cam? Use Scene mode?

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    I like the pic... well done!

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    this is my take on it


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    Quote Originally Posted by J-tune View Post
    this is my take on it

    Wah....Shenton Way is not with a Sea Front but with a Lake Front on a still windless day har? heheheh...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sammy888 View Post
    Wah....Shenton Way is not with a Sea Front but with a Lake Front on a still windless day har? heheheh...
    hehe thats my "ideal interpretation" of the photo

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    Used my own code to do tone mapping. Can call this toon-mapping, coz it is similar to toon-shading.

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    Join in the fun, not sure if this work for you?


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    wah! more and more interesting!
    bring all on and i will like to see more..

    This is the sunshine style I have been looking for.. However though the sun was perfect but original photo in post #1 just couldnt make it.. dunno what made it so dull and boring.. whole series from different angles were all the same.
    I believe I can never PS them into style below..


    Last edited by dRebelXT; 19th January 2009 at 09:30 PM.

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    This is my take

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    my noob attempt


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    My version


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    Nothing too fanciful 2 cents worth

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    Here's how i would ps it. Roughly it goes: Soft light -> Enhanced the blues with channel mixer -> slight adjustment of curves to make it slightly brighter. Tell me if you like it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dRebelXT View Post
    wah! more and more interesting!
    bring all on and i will like to see more..

    This is the sunshine style I have been looking for.. However though the sun was perfect but original photo in post #1 just couldnt make it.. dunno what made it so dull and boring.. whole series from different angles were all the same.
    I believe I can never PS them into style below..


    I believe what you are looking out for is a polarizing effect.

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