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An old airport in Tecumseh, Michigan. Turns out this Meyers guy was awarded a contract during WWII to build training aircraft, Tecumseh being his home base. First shot is the JPEG SOOC. It was so monochrome already that color didn't do anything for me. Started messing with mono and ended up with a touch of sepia. Added grain and changed the aspect ratio to loose the grass up front, it was too much of nothing. Bumped the contrast but also lightened it so it looked a bit washed out to add to the old effect.

P1031104 by telecast, on Flickr

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The other day I was scanning with my camera's viewfinder for a random image and came upon a yawning duck. It occurred to me that it looked like a quack, but it wasn't. Anyway, the image was pretty terrible but I didn't delete it because of the yawning duck, which brings me to tonight and this thread. This is the first time I've seen this thread and I said to myself "Self, why don't you see what you can do with that yawning duck?"

So here is the before, a pretty terrible shot of a yawning duck with other ducks that are bored. (No wonder he's yawning)

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And here is the after...

A still terrible shot of a yawning duck, cropped converted to B&W with a touch of sepia, shadows lifted beyond the grave and a reverse vignetting thrown in for laughs and giggles.

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To complete the transformation, just imaging the duck is quacking.

Quack, quack, quack, quack. quack.....

(sometimes I quack myself up)
 
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Seemed like as an ideal time as any to try the insert fake sun rays thingy from Luminar -

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I went back to a creek I spotted a few weeks ago and I didn't have a short lens with me.
Luckily the light was flat so I could get a good base image to work with.

noedit_JX080004 by gnarlydog, on Flickr


The goal was to have a strong reflection and bring the bike forward, but still "tell a story" of sort.
I spent some time getting the angle right, the ratio of bike and background and perspective by trying 3 different lenses ( I don't work well with zooms). I shot in manual focus because the camera would hunt for the "correct spot). Exposure was in "A" but slightly overexposure compensated (brighter images edit better)

Inspired by lightrider I edited the image in Photoshop.
All up probably 30 different layers, several of them tone-mapped for a different part of the image.
I masked out what I didn't like on a layer and added what I wanted from another. The bike has way more "treatment" than the rest of the image.
Slowly slowly I am learning how to create the mood that I desire, often by "painting" the image with tiny strokes of the mouse

creek mirrored_1 by gnarlydog, on Flickr
 

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I wanted to try some urban images of my riding buddies and needed to blur the background to isolate them a bit.
I used a C-mount adapted lens: Cosmicar 50mm f1.4, wide open.
The challenge was the fading light and the bokeh. Wide open that lens has very soft edges

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The blue cast of open shadow was eventually corrected but the colors were still not better than a monochrome version.
Edited with many layers of locally enhanced contrast, hues, and ultimately light-brushed I settled for a slightly toned one

50278219847_8b945785e9_h.jpg Benji on XSR by gnarlydog, on Flickr
 

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Taken with Oly 1200-400mm+mc-2.0. Original cropped square, resized to 1600x1600 then processed in Topaz Denoise/sharpen to produce the second image.
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On an evening ride the light after sunset was low enough that would allow me to do some motion-blurred panned images.
I used a manual focus lens (to make sure the camera would not be hunting and miss the shot) and pre-focused on a specific spot on the road.
After my friend did a few passes I found the "happy medium" where background blur was right but rider was still sharp enough.
I got this

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My goal was to create an evening shot where the motorcycle would be riding through some light fog.
I duplicated the layer (Photoshop) and toned the image much darker and colder, enhanced the sharpness on the rider, vignetted the edges to bring focus to the center, and on the last layer created a warm beam coming from the headlight. I painted some "fog" (uneven brightness) on the beam to give that illusion.

50300407368_4970edec57_h.jpg dusk ride by gnarlydog, on Flickr
 

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pepping up an otherwise lacklustre photo.

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I had forgotten all about downloading Luminar 3 when they made it available for free. I recall opening it, thinking it'd take some time and being focused as I was at the time on Darktable promptly forgot all about it. The other day someone posted a sunray thingy (technical term credited to @Mountain_Man_79 ). Oh yeah, I remember now...

The first victim. Maybe a bit extreme but it's a new toy. This was a great candidate for the sunrays since there was already bright sunlight in the corner of the shot and light hitting the trees. Just had to adjust so it all fit together.

50511692646_c428569589_h.jpg woods orig by telecast, on Flickr

50510976383_8290dc7bf9_h.jpg woods by telecast, on Flickr

Probably should've cropped the right side a bit to lose the sunlight on the tree trunk. If anyone asks it's from the other sun...
 
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I always said I wasn’t one to go for fake sky replacements...but I think it made my otherwise bland shot better. Not bad Luminar.

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So yes, I’m impressed with Luminar even though I’ve moved entirely to DxO. However, I’m more impressed with the E-M1X; this shot was handheld (all 8 seconds!) and also used the electronic ND filter.
 

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I wanted a sunset shot with my friend's motorcycle. At an urban park there was enough sky for a shot without houses but the blue hour was a bit weak that evening.
I tried several exposures to get the sky colorful enough and a brighter one for the motorcycle being black.
In the end I just tried to edit a single frame instead of doing a composite.

JX190157 by gnarlydog, on Flickr


I added a fair bit of color for the sky, blurred it to give more separation in the foreground and added a beam from the headlight.
My friend was pleased with the results.

David on Speed Triple_b2_JX190157 by gnarlydog, on Flickr
 

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Gargoyle on the Chapel of St. Gabriel the Archangel, transformed in Luminar 4 and Photoshop.
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