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Rescue a Photo Challenge

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by CyVan, Apr 5, 2016.

  1. CyVan

    CyVan Mu-43 Veteran

    322
    Mar 9, 2016
    Jamaica
    Sunday was Carnival Road March Day in Jamaica. Fantastic opportunity for this amateur to practice his street and portrait photography. Made a lot of mistakes, learnt a LOT. Had fun.

    However this ONE mistake is bothering me.
    CO_16-04-04_1020834.
    shot with a GX8 P25 f1.7 @f2.5, 1/1300s

    Unfortunately I set my Aperture too wide and obviously the camera focused on the feathers and the face of the girl on the right, leaving the girl on the left with soft focus. I Love this photograph and don't want to abandon it. What can be done to rescue it in some usable form? I know the softness would be less visible if I decreased the image size or I was thinking of maybe blurring the girl on the right to match and then doing something artistic with the shot.

    I've included a dropbox link to the RAW and JPG for those that want to try something.
    RAW
    Dropbox - _1020834.RW2
    JPG
    Dropbox - CO_16-04-04_1020834.jpg

    Show me what can be done and how you did it. :)
     
  2. WhidbeyLVR

    WhidbeyLVR Mu-43 Top Veteran

    611
    Feb 14, 2014
    Whidbey Island
    Lyle
    No nibbles? OK, I'll bite. A marginal improvement, at best.

    _1020834_01 Sharpened.

    Before/After
    _1020834_01 Compared.

    I selected the portions I thought could best give the illusion of sharpness (eyes, nose, mouth, costume -- excluding feathers) and sharpened those. That's about it. Then I scaled the image down until it had the impression of sharpness with a really good squint. I think that any width over 1000 pixels is sort of hopeless, but I left it at 1200.
     
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  3. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    Nice work Lyle.
     
  4. CyVan

    CyVan Mu-43 Veteran

    322
    Mar 9, 2016
    Jamaica
    Wow Lyle, I'm impressed. Thats actually really good. I'll try that technique for some others. Thanks!

    I actually spent the last 4 hours processing the rest of the pictures , some of them turned out very well. Here are a few:

    CO_FB_16-04-06_1020590. CO_FB_16-04-06_1020546.
     
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