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29-NOV-2008 Victor Engel


Austin, TX

If you time things just right, and you're lucky, you
can catch God painting his handiwork. Here I caught
him painting a magnolia and an oak with a single stroke.

Canon EOS 5D ,Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
1/1000s f/4.0 at 135.0mm iso400 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
Canon DSLR Challenge05-Dec-2008 17:53
Nicely done, Victor. Thanks for the explanation. Its always interesting to hear how folks manipulate PS. I wish I had some answer for you on my technique(s) for the PP of rainbows, but don't. Personally, I'd have removed the wire, too. Cheers, -mikey
Canon DSLR Challenge30-Nov-2008 04:18
I would be interested to hear people's tricks for taking rainbow pictures. In order to capture what I saw, I had to do some significant Photoshop manipulation:

I developed the image twice. Once with +1 stop exposure in Adobe camera Raw, in order to best capture the trees, and ones with -0.6 stop exposure in ACR for the rainbow. These I joined together as separate layers, with the rainbow layer on top. I also pasted the image as its own mask. This allowed the rainbow treatment to be effective only on the light part of the image. It was sort of like a basic HDR technique. The boundary between sky and tree was ugly, though, so I blurred the mask. I also changed the blend mode to multiply. Then I duplicated the top layer, because the blended multiply layer was not strong enough.

On top of that, I added a levels layer.

I still wasn't satisfied with the boundary between the tree and the sky, and then the solution hit me: paste the original image (exposed for the trees) as the top layer and set blend mode to luminosity. I think I set that to 65% opacity or something like that. That completely fixed the problem if the tree/sky boundary.

Now that I look at the picture more carefully, I'm pleased that the violet actually shows up nicely.

-- Victor