Silk purses from sows ears - a case for extreme PP

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by kevinparis, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    I am not normally an advocate of the idea if you throw enough filters/post production at a image it will become interesting.... but i recently took this image...shot OMD at iso 8000 with the 75/1.8


    but throwing a few sliders up to 11 in true spinal tap fashion ended up with this

    P1230137 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    what you think?

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  2. spinyman

    spinyman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 19, 2010
    San Diego
    Looks great.I'm a big fan of drama over sharpness.
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  3. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
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  4. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
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    Interesting, but just a bit too dark for me - I prefer a little more detail.
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  5. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium

    the point is that there was no more detail in the image... the light and the exposure were awful... but there was still an interesting ( to me) image in there


  6. Zariell

    Zariell Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    Bountiful, UT
    What it comes down to is what the purpose of the photograph is for, if its for you your hardest critic is probably yourself, and if you like it, it doesn't matter one single bit what others think, cause its all about what you like. Now if you doing it for a competition or a client then other people add to the mix. Personally I like the photograph I find the photograph mysterious and moody :p
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  7. LeoS

    LeoS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 6, 2012
    The treatment simplifies the image and increased contrast in favor of the point of interest.
    Both are methods to improve an image, so yes it becomes objectively better.
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  8. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
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    Nicely done Kevin, I think it turned out to be a really interesting image.
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  9. Cruzan80

    Cruzan80 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    Denver, Co
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    Sean Rastsmith
    In this case, I don't think the original picture was a sow's ear. Looks good overall, the first one gives me a "campfire" feel (maybe due to the orange lighting?). At least on my screen, the second one has the darkness falling too far foward on her face, taking away the feminimity of the strands of loose hair, etc. Seems much more androgynous. Overall, an interesting effect, and a dramatic picture (both before/after).
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  10. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    SE Essex, UK
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    For me, the original image had a potential interest, but the form was not good.

    Your treatment made it a study of light & shadow, which made it worthwhile for me, and much more interesting.

    So, I say, yes it was worth investing in the PP to bring this out.
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    BAXTING Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 5, 2012
    Los Angeles SFV, CA
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    I can dig it.
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  12. silver92b

    silver92b Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 7, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    I like the original picture. The B&W is also very interesting.
  13. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium

    The original was on my reject pile because there wasn't good light :)