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shredchic
28th of February 2006 (Tue), 13:45
As always, CC welcome.

tim
28th of February 2006 (Tue), 14:51
It's a great photo, but I find the selective color a bit much. Instead of desaturating the background i'd try two things:
1) Doing the B&W conversion using a channel mixer adjustment layer, then making the girl and background sepia. Look at the individual channels and mix the R G and B channels to your taste, go for lots of contrast.
2) Instead of desaturating completely, turn the saturation down to -50 (ie 50% less).

shredchic
28th of February 2006 (Tue), 15:31
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll play around some more. (Of course, I love the original, just the way it is.) Everthing about this wedding was black, white, and hot pink/magenta.

Here is the original in case anyone else wants to play.

tim
28th of February 2006 (Tue), 16:18
I'm too busy to have a play, but those ideas I gave you are worth a bit of a play :)

bpuppy
28th of February 2006 (Tue), 17:26
Cross-processed? Cool, but not everyone would love it.

http://proofs.forbescreative.com/forums/1.jpg

bpuppy
28th of February 2006 (Tue), 17:31
Velvia Vision ... more mass appeal. I love what it does for the greens ... makes the flower's red channel block up though.

http://proofs.forbescreative.com/forums/2.jpg

bpuppy
28th of February 2006 (Tue), 17:35
B&W with Magenta filter, 'S' curve, some vignetting and sharpening.

http://proofs.forbescreative.com/forums/3.jpg

bpuppy
28th of February 2006 (Tue), 17:39
It's a great shot ... really great actually. But this is the kind of shot where a little fill flash would help greatly in PP ... my edits above make her eyes darker ... so starting with brighter eyes would prevent this.

shredchic
28th of February 2006 (Tue), 17:40
Cross-processed? Cool, but not everyone would love it.


Ooooh, I like that one a lot. It's mysterious.

Thanks for playing. :D I think it's awesome to get different results from new people.

bpuppy
28th of February 2006 (Tue), 17:44
Ya the cross-processing actions are my new fave ... and this is coming from a guy who's not into too much photoshopping ... but the actions I use look SO MUCH like real cross-processing that I love them.

Here's a small gallery of cross-processed shots ...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bpuppy/sets/72057594056022869/

shredchic
28th of February 2006 (Tue), 17:44
It's a great shot ... really great actually. But this is the kind of shot where a little fill flash would help greatly in PP ... my edits above make her eyes darker ... so starting with brighter eyes would prevent this.

Thanks for the response! I see what you're saying. :D

shredchic
28th of February 2006 (Tue), 17:47
Ok, your gallery is pretty amazing. What are you doing to achieve that effect in Photoshop? I haven't used that feature before and I think it's awesome.

tim
28th of February 2006 (Tue), 17:53
Great processing there bpuppy, would you care to share your cross processing actions with us? Sent you a PM too :)

bpuppy
28th of February 2006 (Tue), 18:10
You can get the actions HERE. (http://proofs.forbescreative.com/forums/cross.zip) ... the first one is my favourite one.

md_129
28th of February 2006 (Tue), 18:14
quick channel mix and hue extracted adjustment layer fix. Try saying that 5 times fast. :)

http://michaelduvall.com/POTN/NatalieOa.jpg

CyberPet
28th of February 2006 (Tue), 19:41
bpuppy, you rock!! :D I do like the cross one a lot... been playing with a few of those actions myself.

Ok, here's one for ya... maybe a bit too funky.

http://the-halls.se/edited/FunkyFlowergirl.jpg

rutt
3rd of March 2006 (Fri), 11:39
Nice shot, but selective color is so over. You need a really special message in order to do something with it that hasn't been covered already. In this particular case, coloring the flower and desaturating the girl is pretty obvious.

For this shot, why use this approach at all? You are have two more basic photographic techniques working to focus attention on the flower: selective focus and great saturation. You could just emphasize what you already have.

http://rutt.smugmug.com/photos/58401979-O.jpg

I pushed it through my normal workflow, with special attention on sharpening the flower (to accentuate the difference in sharpness with the subject.) and trying to get better color on the girl's face (so it could stay in color.)

This accomplishes everything the selective focus version does, but without the gimmick.

shredchic
3rd of March 2006 (Fri), 13:18
That looks great! Like I said, I was happier with the original.

But what can you do when a client wants things a certain way? Literally, the whole wedding was black, white, and magenta/hot pink. lol

i2iSTUDIOS
3rd of March 2006 (Fri), 13:53
great shot!

mak8ce
3rd of March 2006 (Fri), 15:01
Oh I LOVE it!! Great shot!

the_erickee
3rd of March 2006 (Fri), 20:53
here's my quick try at it.

http://img127.imageshack.us/img127/9638/natalieocopy2ip.jpg

shredchic
3rd of March 2006 (Fri), 21:23
That softens the photo a lot.

the_erickee
3rd of March 2006 (Fri), 21:28
i liked it cause its almost desaturated but not completely. then i messed w/ the hue.

shredchic
3rd of March 2006 (Fri), 21:29
Yeah, the faint color reminds me of the old fashioned way of watercoloring the photos.