Too much retouched?

Started Sep 9, 2007 | Discussions
mdl50
mdl50 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,211
Too much retouched?

Yesterday there was some contrasty sky, so I shot this landscape. Did curves, PWL and added gloss. Have I done too much? What is acceptable?

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FrankD7
FrankD7 Contributing Member • Posts: 917
Re: Too much retouched?

I love it for what it's worth.

klassylady25 Contributing Member • Posts: 773
Re: Too much retouched?

I'll second that nomination!

David Phipps Senior Member • Posts: 1,015
Re: Too much retouched?

I'll third it. Now, what is PWL?
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jgb Veteran Member • Posts: 7,505
Re: Too much retouched?

Beautiful photo, though I would prefer that the foreground not have so much black in it.

jgb

mdl50 wrote:

Yesterday there was some contrasty sky, so I shot this landscape. Did
curves, PWL and added gloss. Have I done too much? What is acceptable?

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mdl50
OP mdl50 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,211
Re: Thank you, PWL is Paint With Light, ...

... in fact dodge and burn with brushes and masks.

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David Phipps Senior Member • Posts: 1,015
Re: Thank you, PWL is Paint With Light, ...

LOL OK, I should have known...more coffee please
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mdl50
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Re: Don't know how to repair after all, but you're ...

... right, thank you for commenting.

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cspringer Forum Pro • Posts: 19,632
too much

lost of posterization or discoloration in the sky

mdl50 wrote:

Yesterday there was some contrasty sky, so I shot this landscape. Did
curves, PWL and added gloss. Have I done too much? What is acceptable?

mdl50
OP mdl50 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,211
Re: Thanks Chip, pleased to get comments of a master, ...

... but I don't grab it quite yet, so what actions would you advise to correct or redo?

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Mr. Cool Contributing Member • Posts: 503
Re: Thanks Chip, pleased to get comments of a master, ...

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mdl50
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Re: Here's the naked original ...

... maybe you get some better result out of this pic.

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René Schuster Forum Pro • Posts: 14,180
Hi Mario,

absolutely no specialist when it comes to retouching, but I do like your approach, looks pretty good, I think, wish I could do that!

What I don´t like that much is all that dark foreground, but more important I think is that uneven mix of dark and bright in the picture, a lot of dark on the left and rather bright on the right side. Seems to be not in harmony somehow (well, to me, lol). Others might see this different and maybe say the picture lives by this dark-bright contrast.

But I think the main subject in your picture is this white flower against the darker background as well as the nice dark sky above. Therefore I´d suggest to crop half of this bright lake on the right side, so the impression of dark left and bright right is replaced by a more even overall mix of dark and bright. Seeing only half of the lake is enough, I think, there is no further interesting information in the very right side of the pic (except this nice little red flower in the foreground, maybe). My suggestion for cropping would be about like this:

René

Clint Sanders Senior Member • Posts: 1,215
you've made a drab photo interesting

You've made a drab photo interesting.

It doesn't look 'natural', but it does look good.

I like the 'over-worked' photo. It is pleasing. I guess that means it, by definition, it was NOT over-worked. Good job.

golf claps

cspringer Forum Pro • Posts: 19,632
Quick fix...

Move the original on top of the edited version.

Add a Black mask

Paint back areas in the sky.

For darker look, duplicate that layer and set to Mulitiply Mode (adjust layer opacity).

mdl50 wrote:

... but I don't grab it quite yet, so what actions would you advise
to correct or redo?

murdoprint Contributing Member • Posts: 824
Re: Too much retouched?

The lake doesn't look right to me. There is very little texture to the surface, yet it doesn't seem to reflect the color of the sky. Also, there seems to be jpeg or posterization artifacts in it.

Otherwise, it's a cool shot.

mdl50
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Re: You're right about cropping Rene, thanks ! n/t
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mdl50
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Re: retouching lake was sloppy indeed, ...

... but no jpeg artefacts. I first burned the mirroring clouds somewhat hasty, then added a gloss to the lake, and compensated with smart sharpening, but forgot to feather the dedges, so the job was not neatly done.

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ed7929 Regular Member • Posts: 202
Re: retouching lake was sloppy indeed, ...

very edgie. looks foreboding

Paul Guy Regular Member • Posts: 445
Lose the soft focus (nt)

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